Gabriel Wong's Blog

July 23, 2009

40 Hour Famine

Filed under: Current Affairs,Current Issues,Food and Drink — gabrielwongau @ 7:27 am
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The world’s biggest food crisis is on now.. and you probably didn’t even know it! The Global Food Crisis is into its second year and so far it’s plunged another 100 million people into extreme hunger and poverty.

Did you know?
*       People in over 30 countries are suffering from the effects of the Global Food Crisis.
*       There are now over 900 million chronically hungry people around the world, and approximately 1.4 billion live in extreme poverty.
*       Malnourished children are more likely to die from illnesses like diarrhoea and malaria.
*       Every day, an estimated 25,000 children die from hunger and preventable diseases.

Well I’ve had enough of hunger and starvation.  This year I’m biting back at the Global Food Crisis and doing the 40 Hour Famine.  I’m giving up Breakdancing and Food for 40 hours to raise money to help hungry kids affected by the Global Food Crisis.

Would you like to help hungry kids too?  Just $40 helps 5 kids for 1 month!  My target is to raise $1200.

Please donate online now (https://famine.worldvision.com.au/famine.cgi?a=SPONSOR_&pn=291370138). My 40 Hour Famine Number is: 291370138

Thanks for supporting me and helping hungry kids!

PS: Donations are tax deductible depending on your personal tax position.  The minimum amount is $2.  You will receive a tax receipt via email as soon as you’ve made the donation.

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June 28, 2009

Society’s Invisible Epidemic

Filed under: Current Affairs,Food and Drink,Justice — gabrielwongau @ 1:35 am
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I was reading my local leader and I came upon an article called Society’s Invisible Epidemic. The fact that one out of 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food is really quite sad. The Feed Melbourne campaign to help food charities collect, store and distribute food to those doing it tough and going hungry is great idea espeically in these bad economic times. When we feed the poor, we feed God.

Also how we consume our food (or throw it away) has consequences too. We are all stewards of resources which is not just money but managing our time, food, talents, gifts, etc. So let us take what we need so not to be greedy and finish our plates (that goes for me especially). Here are the four facts from the article:

THE FACTS

– 10% of the Australian population is living at or below the poverty line.

– An estimated 700,000 tonnes of food is thrown out in Victoria each year. That’s the equivalent of 28,000 fully stocked supermarkets.

– 3 million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year

– One in 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food

Sources: Vic Relief Food Bank, FareShare. foodwise.com.au, VicHealth

Read the Leader article here

Check out the Feed Melbourne website here

Click Here for More Food Facts

June 15, 2009

Talking Heads with Tim Costello

Tim Costello was on Talking Heads ABC1. He was discussing with Peter Thompson his life which included campaigning for the most marginalised people – the poor, the sick and the addicted. Apparenlty he first developed an awareness of injustice when he had to share a room with his brother Peter.

Justice has always been his question, “Why are those who should have more, the world’s poor, locked out?”

How long can we live in our own insular world before we recognise the injustices that take place around this global village of ours? As consumers do we have a responsibility for the products we consume that allow for these injustices to happen. From cocoa to the latest sneakers, can there be a better way?

Here’s the full transcripts of the interview: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/talkingheads/txt/s2593114.htm

June 13, 2009

Miniature Earth

Filed under: Current Affairs,Current Issues — gabrielwongau @ 1:18 pm
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I went to World Vision’s Global Leadership Convention on Friday our Report Writing Day and they were telling us about wealth distribution. I tried to find a website where they got the statistics but instead I found this video watched by over 2 million people.

Here is the accompanied text/statistics.

If we could turn the population of the earth into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have today, it would be something like this:

61 Asians
12 Europeans
08 North Americans
05 South America and the Caribbean
13 Africans
01 Oceania

50 women
50 men
47 lives in urban area
9 are disable

33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians)
18 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
16 are non-religious
6 are Buddhists
13 practice other religions

43 live without basic sanitation
18 live without an improved water source

6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community

13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can’t read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
only 12 have a computer
only 3 have an internet connection

1 adult, aged 15-49, has HIV/AIDS.

The village spend more than US$1.12 trillion on military expenditures UN
and only US$ 100 billion on development aid
If you keep your food in a refrigerator
And your clothes in a closet
If you have a roof over your head
And have a bed to sleep in
You are richer than 75% of the entire world population.

If you have a bank account
You’re one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

18 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less…
53 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less.
Appreciate what you have
And do your best for a better world.

Appreciate what you have. Appreciate what you have. Repeated for added effect. In the General Achievement Test (GAT) we had to write a peruasive essay on material possessions. I wrote “Do we truly own our stuff, or does our stuff own us?” Do we really appreciative of what we have?

And do your best for a better world. Whatever your passionate about, do your best for the world. At the World Vision Global Leadership Convention the speaker told us whatever your passionate about, let your passion help the poor.

If your reading this, your one of the 3 in the 100 people on this miniature Earth. Lucky, eh? I’m just as lucky.

Check the website out at http://www.miniature-earth.com/

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