3things on the Ebola Crisis

If you are anything like us, you’re probably a little bit concerned and perhaps confused about what the hell is going on with Ebola right now. Up until now, we had only really heard of it in passing but currently in West Africa the Ebola outbreak has reached epidemic proportions and infection rates are doubling every 20 days. We wanted to give you the low down on what exactly Ebola is, what Oxfam Australia is doing to respond to the crisis and more importantly what you can do to help us stop it from getting worse.

10253747_10152333929911216_7700501983663952103_nEbola is an acute, mostly fatal disease. Transmission of Ebola is through direct contact with blood/secretions of an infected person. There are no vaccines and incubation period ranges from 2 to 21 days. Not to scare you but if you are infected with Ebola the symptoms are acute and it is unfortunately mostly deadly. Now that’s no reason to go all American Fox News ‘we’re all gonna die’ on us, but it is reason enough to appreciate the danger of medical staff who are contributing to the humanitarian response. And it’s reason enough to find out what three ways you can assist, direct from your mobile phone.

Oxfam’s humanitarian response to the crisis mostly involves getting people urgent treatment, providing water for treatment and isolation centres and supplying protective equipment and hygiene kits. Each day, treating a single Ebola patient requires 52.8 gallons of water, 20 gallons of bleach, 8 pairs of rubber gloves and about 3 bodysuits. Much of the water, along with bleach, is used in hand and boot washing stations and disinfecting every surface that comes into contact with infectious fluids. There are three key countries we are working in – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. However our programs also are targeting neighbouring countries for prevention programs including mass public information campaigns over the radio.

untitledAs you can see the response is a costly one. People in West Africa are frightened. Ebola is a really scary virus. But we want to try and mitigate that fear and hysteria by providing information, prevention and medical assistance wherever we can to stop the spread before it becomes unmanageable. And because we need your help to do that so here are the top 3things you can do for the Ebola:

 

  1. Easy. Take a selfie with the #stopthespread hashtag and upload to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Sign the Oxfam Australia petition to tell Tony Abbott to act now on Ebola by donating time and much needed funds towards the humanitarian response.
  3. Donate yourself! Every dollar counts and if you can afford the extra change this week it really helps us to buy face masks, hygiene kits and other materials needed in the response.
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3things I want for Christmas

I was minding my own business, just popping in to the shops for my weekly grocery run, when my usual bread and milk run was interrupted by the sight of Christmas trees, decorations and a playlist to match…

21511280dadac_smNow I’m no Grinch, but good grief, that crazy, hustly-bustly, shopping-til-midnight, family-feasts-galore season is creeping up. Christmas is coming, folks.

And it’s definitely one of those things that I LOVE celebrating. -Especially the whole giving and receiving part on Christmas day. This year though, for me, I’m gonna try and steer clear of commercial goods. Oxfam’s Gift Shops offer sweet somethings that ooze originality and fairness for ALL involved in the creation of the product. #Winning!

In 3things style, here’s my three picks from the 2015 catalogue:

 

1. Ladies play a vital part in our lives. For example, if you’re reading this, you were likely brought into the world by one. With Emma Watson putting feminism into the spotlight with her speech at the UN’s #HeForShe campaign this year, and others such as #likeagirl, and Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism making the rounds in cyberspace this year, what better than the gift that celebrates beautiful, diverse, unique women from all over the world?

 

women of the world calendaSpruce up your room, wall or fridge, and pencil in all your 3things events in this 2015 wall calendar. Alternatively, The World in your Kitchen Calendar is also a bright, healthy addition for anyone who loves food and has adventurous tastebuds! It features 12 delicious vegetarian recipes too, so will be a great motivator if you’re aspiring to expand your cooking horizons in 2015!

 

 

 

 

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2. Self-dubbed, Catdle. Half cat, half candle.

AND it keeps the mozzies away. Perfect for those summer barbecues, picnics, beach and camping trips. Cute AND functional.

Need I say more, really?

 

 

chai tea3. I can’t lie, I’d be absolute tea-lighted if any of these landed under my Christmas tree this year. But, I am probably most intrigued by Zhena’s Gypsy Chai Tea Sampler Tin. A combo of chocolate, coconut, caramel and hazelnut chai teas, um, YES PLEASE!!!

I can totally also vouch for the Oxfam Fair Trade Green Tea and Black Tea, staples which I sip whenever I’m in the office. Wouldn’t be half bad, paired with a piece of Oxfam Fair Trade chocolate or two! (The milk choc block with coffee nibs is addictively delicious!)

For those who have EVERYTHING, or those friends who are just that little bit unique, how’s about a goat (possibly as cool as Taylor Swift’s back up singer), guitar lessons for underprivileged kids, or even an emergency loo?

Starting from $9, you are bound to put a smile on more than just one face this Chrissy.

Check them all out here.

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Ready, Steady, tuh-weeeeeeeeet!

Ever get the feeling you’re not being listened to? Like, you’ve got some important stuff to say but the big wigs in suits are more interested in sweeping generalised statements about ‘Millennials’ and ‘Gen Y’ than actually stopping to ask what we want?

According to the Guardian, when David Cameron delivered a speech in 2006 calling for people to “hug a hoodie”, the British Prime Minister was trying to say that he got young people; that he saw them as loveable adolescents and not an urban menace.  Whether it’s about crime or immigration, education or identity it seems that people in suits the world over are increasingly preoccupied by youth. And they have good reason to be.

But are they close? And what do young people have to say for themselves? We’re about to find out in a crazy, unprecented experiment that will span 24 countries in 24 hours.

Tomorrow, Friday the 24th October, the Guardian Global Development Professionals and the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon. Finally! An opportunity for young people and their advocates to give their own answers to the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?”

The Aussie leg is being hosted by 3things at 11am Friday and we really want to hear what you’ve got to say – whatever’s close to your heart, rocking your boat, making you mad, or what you want to put on the agenda. All tweet and conversation will be summarised and sent to the powers that be, so your voice will actually be heard.

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Get Amongst it! It’s as easy as:

  1. Logging on to Twitter – we recommend getting there about 10.50am so you’ve got time to upload a pic and get organisde.
  2. Start tweeting to tell us and the world that you are taking part. Here is one tweet you could use: I’m joining @GuardianGDP’s #youthengage tweetathon in Australia on 24 Oct. To me engaging young people means [...]
  3. As your chat is about to start, take a picture of yourself and tweet it to @GuardianGDP
  4. Get vocal! Respond! Debate! Question! Add your 2 cents. And then some…. Don’t forget the #youthengage hashtag and to follow the conversation with it.

Still not sure how it works or what time the #YouthEngage discussion will be happening where you are, send an email toglobaldevpros@theguardian.com

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Get Creative on Climate Change

Attention all young women!

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is holding its World Parks Congress in Sydney from the 12th to 17th November.

1 Million Women is holding an event at the Congress on the 14th November, exploring the theme ‘Youth’s expression of climate change’.

As this global gathering only occurs once every 10 years this is an exciting opportunity not to be missed.

To celebrate this special occasion 1 Million Women is organising a competition challenging young high school aged women to think seriously about climate change.

Entrants must submit a short creative piece exploring the theme ‘youth expression of climate change’. It can be in the form of a song, dance, poem, monologue, short skit or film, artwork…or anything that can visually communicate climate change!

Your piece can embrace the challenges we face or it can be a positive inspiration for acting.

10 Winning entries will be chosen, including 6 lucky students who will have the opportunity to attend the World Parks Congress for a full day (valued at $110 each) and 4 winners will have their entries showcased via video at the event

This competition is open to students around Australia

Entries Close November 9th at midnight.

To find out more about the competition and the event click here!

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Your 3things for Social Change

Sunday morning was epic. I don’t usually say that because, let’s face it, Sunday mornings usually involve me feeling a little under the weather (through no fault of my own of course!) But last Sunday morning really was amazing.

10603721_10152343509552026_6035074311505072388_nWe were super excited at 3things to be sponsoring the supersized version of Vibewire‘s fastBREAK this month. And with a stellar lineup of  10 awesome speakers with 5 minutes each to give us their ’3things to change the world’ we were completely blown out of the water by what we heard! There is a video a coming your way soon  so stay tuned to hear the full wrap-up from all the speakers involved, but just for now here are our 3 highlights of the event, with 3things you can take forward and start doing right now to see some social change!

Gotta note though how hard it was to pick just three! All of the speakers were incredible, with such awesome insights to share so once we have the videos together you’ll be able to hear from them all too!

 
10662075_10152343507977026_5234356135846971345_o1. Sam McClean, the National Director of GetUp! give us some really insightful and practical 3things. The first – moving your money! Australian’s super is the biggest pool of money in the world so we should stop giving it to dirty super funds and consider investing it elsewhere. Change your energy company – do a bit of research and switch to ones with better ethical and sustainable business models. GetUp! has some awesome resources to get your started, so really sit down and make a few minor changes to where your money in being spent. And finally Sam told us to start complaining more. Grumpy old grandmothers are always to ones to complain, and always the ones heard, so if we want things to change then we need to start complaining! Tell your radio, newspaper, magazine that you don’t like what they’re publishing. Use your voice and complain away my friends. Apparently it works!

 

Houseofriot2. Our second pick was Ollie Henderson from House of Riot. Ollie said she never thought that politics were for her – it always seemed so inaccessible and removed from our daily lives. But Ollie used her platform as a model to make a splash and get involved in politics in a really fun way, and with a big F you to the things she was unhappy with. So – 1. Fashion can be a force for change. 2. Politics are for everyone. And 3. Use what you’ve got. If you’re a model, dancer, writer, painter you can use your platform and your art to create conversations and change. Any form of protest is beautiful!

 

10662174_10152343507772026_5613186869112656245_o3. And our last pick was the man James Colley. 1. Give a shit (not literally!) 2. Get a shit (what do you need to get started) and 3. Be the shit (find your audience and earn their attention). Translation: What do you care about? What do you need to do something about it? And once you’re ready to go out and do it find some mates, pals, friends, people who believe in it too and you are on your way to making some serious change.

 

Like we said it was soooo hard to pick just three and we promise some video content your way very soon. Check out the rest of the speakers and their bios here and come back for the rest in a few days! In the meantime, why don’t you pick your 3things for social change? See whats hot, get inspired by others or by how much time you have over at our Add your 3things page.

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