The refugee challenge has continued throughout the year and the Manx Government has not yet agreed to welcome any Syrians here. Our contribution to the Save The Children Festival of Trees at the Airport features a Refutree.
We would like to thank the Isle of Man Coastguard Service and the Isle of Man Yacht Club for the loan of life jackets and buoyancy aids.
Please vote for the Refutree to encourage our Government to welcome refugees here. You can also sign the on-line petition.
This week 5 students from King Williams College prepared Thought for the Day for Manx Radio for One World Week on the Sustainable Development Goals. They thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and you can listen to their Thoughts:
Have you ever wondered whether the world is a better place now than it was 40 years ago? Will we ever be able to tell whether international aid has been any lasting use? The Sustainable Development Goals set targets for 2030 and there are responsibilities for those of us who live in rich countries too.
You can learn more this Saturday, 29th, by enrolling for a workshop that will be held at the new DEFA training room in the old Forestry Offices next to the One World Centre. It starts at 10:00 and will be finished by 16:00. Helen Dennis from London will be leading the day with input from two local retired professors: Keith Lewin and Angela Little. There is a small charge to cover lunch and refreshment breaks – £10 for adults; £5 for students.
Please let us know you would like to come by contacting us
What better way to be part of One World Week than to enjoy Fairtrade food and drink and get some Christmas Shopping done early?
If you live in the south of the Island, then please go to St Columba’s church hall in Port Erin on Sunday 23rd October, 12:00-17:00
The same items will be available at the Cooill sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (27, 28 and 29th October) from 10:00 to 18:30.
As usual there will be a huge variety of Traidcraft and Tearfund goods.
Delicious homemade soup and bread lunches will be served at both venues from 12:00-14:00, with tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day in Port Erin. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments in Port Erin will go to the Loreto Sisters working with deprived children and trafficked women in Albania.
Profits at the Cooill will go to support Ugandan orphans through “Do!” and the “Ugandan Child Development Fund as well as the Isle of Man Methodist Church Project which is providing an HIV/AIDs clinic in Sierra Leone.
On Wednesday last week some hundred students from six educational establishments came to St Ninian’s Church to meet representatives of the charities they could choose for this year’s One World Charity Challenge. At 08:00 the following morning more than 20 groups were busy e-mailing their top choices, and now most have been allocated the charity that they will work closely with over the next few months.
Students will be learning about their charity, seeing how its work helps towards achieving the Global Goals and how it has an impact on the life of a young person. They will be combining all this learning into a multimedia presentation, and will also be dreaming up some creative ways to raise funds for the charity.
If you would like a ticket for the finals in March, please contact us.
You can find out more about what we’ve been up to in our latest annual report here: OWC Annual Report 2015-16
A big thank-you to all OWC supporters who turned up on Saturday 17th to the “Refugees Welcome” event on Douglas promenade.
It was a great success in that we got excellent coverage before and after the event in the newspapers; many passers-by got to understand a lot more about the issues and the actual details of the request we are asking; we were able to show our support for the marches in London and other cities, and we launched the petition which so far has over 250 names on paper and 92 online. Amnesty International U.K. have taken a great interest in what we are doing and are planning to do an article on it in their next magazine.
We really need your help in keeping the momentum going over the next few weeks as we wait for the new government to settle in. PLEASE circulate the appeal among your contacts, groups & organisations to reach as many people as possible. The online petition is at <http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/refugees-IOM> It takes less than a minute: you only need to put your name & email and press “click”! There is no need to write a comment or sign up to the petition website.
If you would like copies of the fact sheet or the petition, please contact us.
A year ago many Island residents gave clothing and other goods to support the many refugees who were risking their lives to come to Europe. Our Government was asked to show their practical support by inviting about 30 Syrian refugees to come and live on the Island. This would be our share of the 20,000 David Cameron agreed to bring from the Syrian refugee camps.
Twelve months later, despite several letters and a question in Tynwald, we are still not able to show the traditional Manx welcome.
On Saturday 17th March, at Loch Promenade in Douglas between 12:00 and 15:00 we invite you to come and learn more about the current situation, and for a photo opportunity to challenge the candidates for the House of Keys about how the new government will respond to the refugee crisis.
Please bring a life jacket if you have one or can borrow one. This will be really useful for the photo which will take place at 13:00.
You can find all the information here
Our AGM will be held on Friday 9th September at 1830, Green’s Cafe in St Johns. The formal business will be kept to a minimum and we look forward to welcoming our new patron, Sir Richard Gozney, to hear the winning poem from the Year 7 Poetry Slam and a presentation by Emily Stephens about her recent trip to Malawi. We do hope you will be able to join us.
For the last few weeks several hundred Year 7 students have been studying poetry, working in groups to create and perform their own poems on one of these subjects: Child Soldiers, Girls’ Education, Refugees and Water + Sanitation. Following in-school competitions 12 groups took part in the final, held at Bemahague on 7th July. The judges were impressed by the empathy shown by each group, and the polish of their performances, as well as the poetry techniques they employed. It was very difficult to choose a winner. In the end a group from St Ninians’ won with their poem They Will not Listen