Following from an earlier post where I saw Geoffrey Robertson QC present, one comment he made has stuck with me ‘the greatest value of any civilised society, is the extent to which it cares for its most vulnerable members’.
When you see a homeless person, do you stop to buy them a coffee or email a charity to ensure their social workers and vans know about it? Because lets face it we aren’t all entirely convinced where those coins are going to be spent… When I lived in London I recall gypsies begging with a baby outside work when it was snowing. I rang the police (standard!) who said they couldn’t do anything. I reminded them that in Australia a baby would be protected by our authorities from the icy winter streets. As Geoffrey Robertson says ‘Australians have a distinctive moral outlook and are possibly the best example in the world of the reformation of the human spirit’.
We have all witnessed the terrifying bushfires raging throughout New South Wales at the moment – this news broadcast is a stark reminder of the raging inferno many communities are engulfed in with the emergency services doing their best to contain the flames.
The Rural Fire Service is instrumental in leading the disaster response on the front line and via social media. With a recent post declaring people ‘Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property, if in doubt, leave’. The threat of large loss of property and life is very real and its up to the rest of us as a community to stand up and act to support our most vulnerable citizens.
Imagine if your family, friends, pets, home or neighbours were at risk? But can we imagine that enough to act? Or are we planning our next manicure, restaurant reservation and pub crawl. Have you considered?
- Donating cash for those managing the disaster response
- Donating clothes (apparently household items are too impractical for the RFS to accept – fair enough!)
- Donating food for victims and for the emergency services (cooking would be a bonus I’m sure)
- Providing accommodation for people who’s homes have been burned to a cinder
- Supporting bushfire victims and our firies through this challenging time
- Volunteering e.g. for the RFS front line, admin, washing uniforms, anything! If not to enable immediate help in the future the more manpower the better. So pleased to report our fellow firies in NZ have confirmed they can assist.
- Driving awareness of important messages from RFS and beyond – such as the Facebook message for anyone in the bushfire stricken area to empty their green garbage bins, fill with water and leave with a sign and also those with a pool. It is evident social media has proven a positive influence in the work of disaster response teams with its ubiquitous nature.
- Fundraising for anyone you know personally that has been affected, or for the overall disaster response.
- Preparing your own house so its fire ready
- Educating your loved ones about what to do in case of a bushfire
- Lobbying Government for relief measures and stronger policies as well as increased resourcing for disaster relief
And the list goes on…
The point is we as a community have a moral obligation to support our fellow countrymen. There are so many things you can do to act as I have listed, even as creative as driving nearby with chilled bottles of water for the emergency services!
To quote again from my Dalai Lama post, we must always treat the entire population as one. If there are members of society that are more vulnerable than others its up to us to support them. The favour will always be returned and at some point in our lives we will too be vulnerable members of society. If the emergency services or the military thought it was all too hard to put their lives at risk to help others than where would we be? We can all play a role.
I just registered as a volunteer for the RFS – I doubt I will be any use front line but I am prepared to help with whatever else!
Thanks for sharing such a fastidious idea, post is good, thats why
i have read it completely
Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out
pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where
to start. Do you have any points or suggestions?
Hello, yes my few points would include the first being your blog must be about something you are truly passionate about and the content virtually writes itself. I have a marketing background so don’t find the technical aspect too hard, however wordpress.com have many help tips and it is quite simple to use. Choose a theme, add your posts, make sure you tag and categorise articles and click ‘add media’ to add URLS, images etc. Good luck 🙂
Howdy! This blog post could not be written much better!
Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He always kept talking about this. I am going to
forward this information to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read.
Many thanks for sharing!
Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom ade or did you download
it from somewhere? A design like yours with a feww simple adjustements would
really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme.
Hello its a customised Zoren theme.
You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation however
I find this toppic to be reaally something which I believe I might
by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely extensive for me.
I’m having a look forward on your next submit, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!
Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve remember your stuff prior to and you are just
too great. I actually like what you have bought here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way by which you assert
it. You make it enjoyable and you continue to take
care of to keep it smart. I can not wait to learn far
more from you. This is actually a wonderful website.
Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
Extremely helpful information specially the remaining section 🙂 I maintain such information a lot.
I used to be seeking this particular information for
a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck.
Valuable info. Fortunate me I found your website accidentally, and I’m stunned why this coincidence did not came about earlier!
I bookmarked it.
Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems
locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you
might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and
I look forward to seeing it expand over time.
Thank you. Sure feel free to write your recommendation summary here I’m happy to take it on board.
It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from
this piece of writing as well as from our dialogue made at this place.
We absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for.
Do you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs?
I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you
write related to here. Again, awesome blog!
Hello, thank you. Yes I would be open to a guest post that’s relevant, what topic are you interested in writing about? Thanks
whoah this weblog is excellent i love studying your articles.
Stay up the good work! You know, many people are hunting round for this info, you can help them greatly.
Your style is so unique compared to other people I’ve
read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.
I believe what you composed was actually very logical. However, consider this, what if
you were to create a awesome title? I am not saying your information is not solid, but suppose you added something to possibly get folk’s attention?
I mean Measuring solidarity: Stand up or sit back?
| Behaving Badly is a little plain. You could peek at Yahoo’s home
page and watch how they create article titles to grab people to open the links.
You might add a video or a related picture or two to grab
readers excited about everything’ve written.
Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little livelier.
We’re a group of volunteers annd opening a new scheme in our community.
Your web site provided uss with valuable info to work on.
You have doje a formidable job and our etire commynity will be grateful to you.
Somebody necessarily assist to make severely posts I’d state.
That is the first time I frequented your website page and so
far? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual put up amazing.
When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked on tthe -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
from now on whenever a comment is added I receive four
emails with the same comment. Is there an easy method you can remove
me from that service? Cheers!
wonderful points altogether, you just received a
new reader. What might you suggest in regards to your publish that you made a few days ago?
Thanks , I have recently been looking for information about this topic
for ages and yours is the best I’ve found out till now.
However, what about the bottom line? Are you sure concerning the source?
Hi, constantly i used to check web site posts here in the early hours in the
break of day, because i enjoy to find out more and more.
May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover someone that truly understands what they’re talking
about online. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
More people should read this and understand this side of your story.
I was surprised that you’re not more popular because you surely possess the gift.
I like the helpful info you provide for your articles.
I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.
I’m moderately certain I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right right here!
Best of luck for the following!
If you would like to increase your experience just keep visiting this website and be
updated with the most up-to-date news posted
Hi there i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i read this piece of writing
i thought i could also make comment due to this
Excellent way of explaining, and nice post to take data
regarding my presentation focus, which i am going to deliver in university.
I am ultimate, I am sorry, I much too would like to
express the impression.
I’m gone to say to my little brother, that he should also
go to see this weblog on regular basis to get updated from latest reports.
It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from this paragraph as well as from our discussion made at this time.
Hello, I enjoy reading through your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you.
If you wish for to get much from this article then you
have to apply such techniques to your won web site.
If you would like to improve your experience just keep visiting this web site and be updated with the most recent news update posted here.
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand.
It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of
I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This post posted at this site
is in fact nice.
Hi there! This article could not be written much better!
Going through this article reminds me of
my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.
I am going to send this post to him. Fairly certain he
will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!
If you are going for best contents likoe myself, juist pay
a quick visit this website daily since it offeers quality contents, thanks
You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality blogs on the internet.
I will highly recommend this web site!
Remarkable issues here. I’m very happy to peer your article.
Thanks a lot and I’m having a look forward to touch you.
Will you please drop me a mail?
What’s up, yup this article is really pleasant and
I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging.
I’m very pleased to find this site. I want to to thank you for your time due to this
wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out
new things on your web site.
Hi all, here every one is sharing these kinds of know-how, therefore it’s
pleasant to read this web site, and I used to go to see this web site every day.
I want to to thank you for this very good read!!
I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I have you book marked to check out new stuff you
Thanks for another wonderful post. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such information.
I enjoy, result in I discovered just what I used to be taking
a look for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man.
Have a great day. Bye
It’s not all the time you discover a blog website that you simply can just seriously
value like this one.
Merveіlleux post, persistez ϲomme ça
Asking questions are truly good thing if you are not understanding anything
totally, however this article provides fastidious understanding yet.
Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m
a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a
free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
Any tips? Kudos!
Right here is the perfect website for anyone who wants to understand this topic.
You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with
you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You
certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that’s been written about
for ages. Great stuff, just wonderful!
I feel this is one of the so much vital info for me.
And i’m glad studying your article. However should remark on few normal issues, The site style is great, the articles is in point of fact great :
D. Excellent job, cheers
An interesting discussion is worth comment.
I think that you ought to publish more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people do not discuss these subjects.
To the next! Kind regards!!
Quality posts is the key to interest the visitors to go to see the web page, that’s
what this web site is providing.
Awesome issues here. I’m very satisfied to look your post.
Thank you so much and I am looking ahead to touch you.
Will you please drop me a e-mail?
My brother recommended I may like this website.
He was entirely right. This put up truly made my day.
You can not believe simply how a lot time I had spent for this info!
Hey fantastic website! Does running a blog similar to this
take a great deal of work? I’ve very little understanding of coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any suggestions or
techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off
subject but I simply needed to ask. Kudos!