The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-07T01:55:52Z Myanmar Massacre: GFA World Calls For Prayer Amid Military Coup 2021-04-07T01:55:52Z myanmar-massacre-gfa-world-calls-for-prayer-amid-military-coup TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- One of Asia’s largest humanitarian agencies is calling on Christians to pray for Myanmar’s suffering people in the throes of the South Asia nation’s bloody military coup.   In the past few days, at least 114 people -- including children -- were killed across the country as protests continue against the military takeover, according to CNN. It brings the death toll so far to more than 400 since the coup began and the military seized control Feb. 1.   “As with any crisis, it’s the innocent that suffer the most,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder of GFA World. “At GFA World, we’re asking people everywhere to join us in praying for peace, justice and God’s protection over the people of Myanmar during the current turmoil.”   Yohannan also urged people to pray for the release of the leaders and protesters who’ve been detained by the military.   “Nowhere in Myanmar is safe right now,” he said. “Every single night is spent with fear, and dawn seems so hard to reach. The people are restless,  and they’re exhausted physically and mentally. Many businesses have been burned down.”   World leaders have condemned the coup and the military’s violence against the protesters. Hundreds have been arrested and detained, including members of parliament, doctors, and government officials.   “Myanmar’s people need our prayers and support more now than ever,” said Yohannan, whose Australian-based organisation helps millions of children and families across Asia through its child-sponsorship program and clean water “Jesus Wells.”   ###   GFA World is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, especially in Asia and Africa, and sharing the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching providing hope and encouragement available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.     PHOTO CUTLINE: MYANMAR MASSACRE, GFA WORLD CALLS FOR PRAYER: Australia-based GFA World -- one of the largest humanitarian agencies in Asia -- is calling on Christians to pray for Myanmar’s suffering people in the throes of the South Asia nation’s bloody military coup.   SESAME WORKSHOP CONTINUES MAJOR COMMITMENT TO RACIAL JUSTICE WITH NEW “ABCS OF RACIAL LITERACY” CONTENT TO HELP FAMILIES TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND IDENTITY 2021-03-24T04:27:54Z sesame-workshop-continues-major-commitment-to-racial-justice-with-new-abcs-of-racial-literacy-content-to-help-families-talk-to-children-about-race-and-identity Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, is releasing new resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism. The “ABCs of Racial Literacy” is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice.   Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content on SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.   Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. Like the science-based whole-child model that Sesame Street is known for, this framework will help guide and inform the creation of new Sesame Workshop content going forward—including future seasons of Sesame Street.    “At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colourblind—not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop.    “’The ABCs of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others."   The new ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ resources launching today are designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism.   In one video featuring two new Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, Elmo wants to know why Wes’s skin is brown. Elijah explains the concept of melanin and that the colour of our skin is an important part of who we are. In a new music video, the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their own unique identities; the song, “Giant,” is available on all major platforms through Warner Music Group’s Arts Music. In another video coming soon, Rosita’s mom and her friend Sofia help Rosita cope with a racist incident in the grocery store, while also celebrating speaking Spanish. Additional resources include videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, activities for families to do together, and talking points and conversation starters for families.   The new Coming Together: The ABCs of Racial Literacy resources launching today are available at no cost to families at SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.    "Sesame Workshop has always stood for diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness. As a trusted source for families, we have a responsibility to speak out for racial justice and empower families to have conversations about race and identity with their children at a young age,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Executive Vice President of Creative and Production, Sesame Workshop.    “The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and impacts people. Sadly, today’s announcement comes at a time of racial and social discord when many families are in need of support in talking to their children about racism. We’re proud to reaffirm our Coming Together commitment to racial justice, which will be woven into new Sesame Workshop content for years to come.”   According to a recent Children and Racism study commissioned by Sesame Workshop to capture and elevate the voices of children ages 6-11 and their parents, racism was top of mind for nearly half the children surveyed with racism more prevalent in responses of Black children. The majority of parents were comfortable with children learning about race and racism through media, books, or school, yet only 23% of parents report that specific resources helped them prepare for discussions with their children. The new ABCs of Racial Literacy resources seek to fill a gap for parents and caregivers as they embark on conversations with their children about race and racism. A full report of the study findings will be released this spring.   More to read, listen, and play is coming soon from across the Workshop to continue the conversation as part of Coming Together. In the coming year, Sesame Workshop will release additional Sesame Street in Communities resources made possible by the generous support of donors including PNC Foundation, USAA, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether will be regularly updated with new content for children and families promoting racial justice.   About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.   Water ‘Biggest Crisis No One Is Talking About’ Says GFA World Report 2021-03-22T07:29:11Z water-biggest-crisis-no-one-is-talking-about-says-gfa-world-report TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- The world is on the brink of a devastating water crisis that could be “much more worrying” than the COVID-19 pandemic, says a disturbing new report coinciding with World Water Day, March 22.   Citing global forecasts, the report -- published by leading faith-based humanitarian agency GFA World www.gfaau.org -- suggests the toxic mix of poverty, hunger and lack of safe drinking water around the world could be “potentially much more worrying than the virus spreading.”   “Two-thirds of the world’s people could face water shortages by 2025,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder of GFA World that has currently clean water projects across Asia. It’s been described as ‘the biggest crisis no one is talking about’.   Several megacities are on the verge of “running out of drinking water,” says the report, titled Water Stress: The Unspoken Global Crisis, as World Water Day -- an annual awareness event -- spotlights the rising global threat.   According to BBC News, cities such as Mexico City, Mexico; Beijing, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; and even London, England, already have massive stress on their water supplies and could run out of drinking water in a few years.   Global agencies UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) place Mexico and nine African and Asian countries in the “top 10” nations with the “worst drinking water.” In the African country of Uganda, 40 percent of the population has to trek 30 minutes or more to find safe drinking water, says the report.   Two Billion Drink From ‘Faeces-Contaminated’ Sources While Australia faces increasingly acute long-term water shortages with lower rainfall, this country also rates in the top 5% of all countries in providing safe, clean and sanitary drinking water from public water sources. Around the world, some 785 million people don’t have basic water service, the report says. A staggering two billion people -- mostly in Africa and Asia -- get their drinking water from faeces-contaminated ponds and watering holes, leading to often-fatal diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and dysentery.   Organisations like GFA World and World Vision have made clean water a top priority. GFA World drills about 4,000 new community wells -- called “Jesus Wells” -- every year, providing safe drinking water for entire villages. Over the past two decades, the organisation has drilled more than 30,000 wells and distributed more than 58,000 home kits, called BioSand filters, that remove 98 percent of water impurities.   “Our goal is to bring people life-giving clean water,” Yohannan says, “and also to show people that we care about their most vital needs, such as water, because God loves them and values them.”    “Everyone in Australia should have access to safe, clean drinking water.” Ensuring essential infrastructure, the Australian Government Initiative “Water Quality Australia” reports that it’s National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) is underpinned by a collaborative approach that serves to reduce duplication and facilitates consistent water quality management across states and territories. This results in the NWQMS providing the best-available science to support decision making while incorporating flexibility to tailor information to local conditions and issues. The NWQMS contains tools and information to support water quality management, including a Water Quality Management Framework for assessing and managing water quality issue​s. The framework uses guidelines and other resources under the NWQMS to provide the information needed to manage water quality and achieve water that is fit for purpose. ###   GFA World  www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news.   Supporting inclusive communities: Afford partners with Sydney Zoo to deliver meaningful experiences for all 2021-03-15T20:11:35Z supporting-inclusive-communities-afford-partners-with-sydney-zoo-to-deliver-meaningful-experiences-for-all-1 Images available here. Afford and Sydney Zoo partnership will see people with disability across Sydney enjoy inclusive experiences under the NDIS.Shared values: Afford and Sydney Zoo promote inclusiveness for people of all abilities. Afford (the Australian Foundation for Disability) has announced a 12-month partnership with the NEW Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney to provide people with disability living across Sydney access to more inclusive experiences for enjoyment and wellbeing. Afford operates nationally and supports close to 2,000 individuals with disability every day to achieve their goals for home, work and life under the NDIS. Home to over 2,000 animals, Sydney Zoo is Western Sydney’s newest attraction that boasts no hills and no steps, making the entire site accessible to people of all abilities. In addition, the zoo delivers a variety of sensory experiences that encourage engagement and education. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says the partnership with Sydney Zoo aligns with the disability provider’s mission to promote inclusive communities and deliver exceptional supports to individuals under the NDIS. “Afford and Sydney Zoo share many synergies. We aim to encourage inclusivity and we want to deliver meaningful experiences that can be enjoyed and truly loved by people of all abilities,” said Mr Herald. “Individuals who attend our Day Programs, Supported Accommodation and Short Term Accommodation services across Sydney will have access to sensory experiences at the zoo with support by our team of staff to ensure that their needs are met.” Afford’s partnership with Sydney Zoo also includes the sponsorship of the Tamar Wallabies. The partnership will also give those in the Afford community access to discounts and event information. With the events of 2020 disrupting many social and community activities for all Australians, Afford’s partnership with Sydney Zoo is focussed on providing more opportunities to support individuals develop life skills and enjoy community engagement. “Getting out and about in the community and participating in new life experiences are important in learning about managing group situations, making friends and exploring your interests,” said Mr Herald. “Our partnership with Sydney Zoo is another way that we are going beyond traditional disability supports to deliver opportunities to help clients and residents get involved in activities that they love and that support their overall health and wellbeing.” Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 70 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.auThe Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. New Church in Melbourne - Glow 2021-03-15T02:49:55Z new-church-in-melbourne-glow Glow Church, one of Australia’s fastest growing Christian churches, is set to plant their third location in the city of Melbourne in July 2019. This momentous news was confirmed when Glow Church Senior Pastors, Joel and Ellen Cave announced the new location during Glow’s annual Vision Sunday on the 24th of February 2019. Glow Church in Melbourne Lead Pastors, Jimmy and Emma L’Almont will be taking a team of 18 people with them to plant what will be Glow Church’s third location, Glow Melbourne.   After being founded on the Gold Coast in early 2013 as the first ARC Church in Australia, Glow Church has since seen incredible growth and continued momentum. Glow Church exists to see people find Jesus and find home in a loving community, the core values stem from the statement REAL, BOLD, LOVE which incorporates Glow’s heart for the local community, each city and the world.   A few years in, Glow announced their second location, Sydney Australia. For the past 2 years, Glow Sydney has been led by Lead Pastors Grant and Whitney Hoyle and each week is having a growing impact right in the heart of Sydney.   Now in the church’s sixth year, Glow Melbourne is gearing up to be a positive influence in the city and extension of the church’s growing impact. Carrying Pastor Joel and Ellen’s vision for the church, Pastor Emma and Jimmy along with their team have been planning the launch of Glow Melbourne and the outreach that will occur from the plant. Ultimately, the location plant is set to continue the church’s mission of "bringing the light of Jesus to the community, city and world". Glow Melbourne will embrace the creative, fast paced and unique nature of Melbourne to create a vibrant, welcoming community that exists for people to find Jesus and purpose.   From the very beginning, Glow’s senior Pastors have sewed vision and authenticity into the church and this year’s Vision Sunday came as no exception. Across their four Sunday services, the Gold Coast and Sydney locations celebrated this exciting time in the young church’s life, the announcement of Glow Melbourne. Melbourne is a city that has been on Jimmy and Emma's heart for the past 6 years, Jimmy being born and raised there, and Emma travelling there regularly over the past years. Glow will be a place where people can find their purpose and be known and needed. Contact the Glow Melbourne team if you are looking for a church in Melbourne. Media Contact:Glow Church MelbournePhone: 0497708057melbourne@glowchurch.com.au COVID Stay-At-Home ‘Doesn’t Compare to Leprosy Isolation’ Says GFA World 2021-02-17T07:30:42Z covid-stay-at-home-doesn-t-compare-to-leprosy-isolation-says-gfa-world TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- With new COVID social restrictions in force in many countries, a just-released report reveals the loneliness and despair of people living with another “disease of isolation” -- leprosy.   Sixty percent of disabled leprosy patients surveyed in Bangladesh said life was “totally meaningless,” says the report by missions agency GFA World, www.gfaau.org, who recently marked World Leprosy Day.   Being confined to home for extended periods due to pandemic restrictions might be uncomfortable, but “it doesn’t compare to being isolated for the rest of one’s life in a leprosy colony,” says the report, http://www.gfaau.org/press/leprosy-ministry.   “Right now, many of us are having a difficult time in isolation due to the pandemic,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan. “But what a privilege we have to take our eyes off ourselves and become the hands and feet of Jesus, helping to bring hope and God’s love to someone who’s forgotten and who believes their life is meaningless.”   In the report, GFA World highlights the remarkable work of local teams visiting leprosy colonies in Asia -- where the disease is most prevalent -- and bringing hope and healing to those forgotten by the outside world.   Leprosy ‘Not To Be Feared’ Teams of local women -- known as Sisters of Compassion -- visit leprosy colonies in South Asia, bringing food and encouragement to people living with disabilities and disfigurements caused by advanced leprosy. Their willingness to befriend people with leprosy -- including many shunned by family and friends -- shows others in the wider community that those living with the disease are not to be feared or isolated.   In fact, the disease -- dreaded for centuries -- is nowhere near as contagious as most people imagine. Around 95 percent of the global population is immune to leprosy, and it’s curable with antibiotics if detected early. There are hopes that a vaccine -- currently in clinical trials -- will bring an end to leprosy and its devastating impact on tens of thousands of lives every year.   For many, though, like Mungeli Das -- who contracted leprosy as a girl more than 50 years ago and didn’t receive treatment in time -- there’s little hope of a cure. Disabled and living in a leprosy colony, she clings to the help and hope that GFA World’s Sisters of Compassion bring her. The “sisters” follow the example of Jesus who, according to the gospels, touched and healed those with leprosy.   “Before the sisters came there was no one to help trim our hair, cut our nails or help us clean our houses and encourage us,” she said. “The sisters (clean) our wounds and they make us happy and encourage (us) all the time.”   Battling ‘False Stereotypes’ World Leprosy Day -- an annual awareness event held on the last Sunday in January -- aims to combat stigma and leprosy myths, including the negative and false stereotypes that further isolate people with leprosy.   Media reports comparing coronavirus lockdown restrictions to “living in a leper colony” fuel stigma and “dehumanize” people with leprosy, according to GFA World. Because of its wide use in a negative sense, the term “leper” feeds prejudice, the agency says.   Leprosy is not confined to Asia and other parts of the developing world. Every year, around 200 new cases are reported in the U.S. -- mostly international travelers -- and, until fairly recently, there were leprosy colonies in Hawaii and Louisiana, says the report.   ###   GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news.     PHOTO CUTLINE: COVID STAY-AT-HOME ‘DOESN’T COMPARE TO LEPROSY ISOLATION’: With new COVID social restrictions in force in many countries, a just-released report (http://www.gfaau.org/press/leprosy-ministry) reveals the loneliness and despair of people living with another “disease of isolation” -- leprosy. The report marked World Leprosy Day late last month.   GFA World Calls for Prayer for ‘Unity, Holiness, End to Pandemic’ During ‘Great’ Lent 2021-02-15T06:46:16Z gfa-world-calls-for-prayer-for-unity-holiness-end-to-pandemic-during-great-lent TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- One of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world has invited Christians to join a new movement during Great Lent to pray and fast for “unity and holiness” in Australia, and an end to the pandemic and other global crises.   Australia-based GFA World, www.gfaau.org described this year’s holy season of Lent -- beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 -- as “the most important in a generation.”   “With the ongoing pandemic, other global crises and so much divisiveness in our world right now, it’s never been more important for Christians to make a concerted effort to pray and fast for unity and holiness,” said Bishop Danny Punnose, a GFA vice president. “This Lenten season is the most important in a generation.”   Great Lent is the church season prior to Easter, focusing on fasting, repentance, and charity. Many Christians who observe Lent refrain from eating certain foods such as meat for a period of time, using the cash savings to help others in need. Others voluntarily give up an activity they enjoy, and instead use the time to pray and seek the Lord.   Offering a daily devotional for Lent 2021, GFA World is inviting Christians of all denominations to participate in daily prayer and fasting for “unity and holiness” as well as for those who are suffering around the world -- including millions impacted by the pandemic, extreme poverty, starvation, sex trafficking, forced labour and other injustices.   “Our world desperately needs God’s intervention, healing and grace,” said Punnose, whose organisation works to alleviate extreme poverty and share God’s love in villages and slums around the world.   Prayer: Turns Mourning To Joy “The Lenten season is a purposeful opportunity in which we seek God and ask him to give us his heart for the suffering people of the world,” Punnose said. “As many of us face challenges that seem overwhelming, let’s remember God is able to bring dry bones to life and turn mourning into joy. Let’s turn to him and earnestly pray and fast.”   Lent is also an opportunity for people to help make the world a better place, Punnose said.   “Lent is a time when we can choose to make a simple sacrifice to embrace a cause that is close to the heart of God,” he said. “Tangible actions and conscious choices we make during the season of Lent should bring us closer to God and our neighbour, help us to become more like Jesus, and provide us with real opportunity to be Christ’s hands to those who need to know he loves them.”   One Billion Adherents According to estimates, more than a billion Christians around the world will likely observe Lent, which is growing in popularity in evangelical circles.   “Many Christians are rediscovering the richness of the Lenten tradition, and are growing closer to Jesus through self-denial, sacrificial giving, fasting, and times of fervent prayer,” Punnose said. “Knowing that we have the hope that the world is dying for, shouldn’t we offer it?”   GFA World has produced a booklet titled The Seasons of Lent: Stepping Stones to Spiritual Renewal and Growth, written by GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan, best-selling author of Revolution in World Missions and Never Give Up. The booklet -- a practical guide to observing Lent -- is available free at http://www.gfaau.org/press/Lent21.   ###   GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news.     PHOTO CUTLINE: ‘GREAT’ LENT SEASON ‘MOST IMPORTANT IN A GENERATION’: Calling for Christians to pray and fast for “unity and holiness,” mission agency GFA World, www.gfaau.org described this year’s holy season of Lent -- beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 -- as “the most important in a generation.” The organisation has launched a Lenten daily devotional, available at http://www.gfaau.org/press/Lent21. How to be happily single & avoid depression this Valentine’s Day 2021-02-10T01:17:02Z how-to-be-happily-single-avoid-depression-this-valentines-day WHILE Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of joy and romance, many single people spend the day feeling lonely, depressed and suicidal. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that relationship problems are the top cause of suicides today and psychologists worldwide suggest that Valentine’s Day on February 14 is the start of an annual rise in suicide rates that peak in April. It doesn’t have to be this way however as there are many positives to being single, as Gold Coast author Louisa Pateman shares in her new book Single, Again, and Again, and Again… “It takes courage to be single and it’s a big myth that when you meet ‘the one’, you will live happily ever after,” Ms Pateman said. “Your ultimate goal should be happiness - single or not. We all have our own unique life journey. If I had waited for ‘the one’, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing life.” Louisa, 47, has travelled to 73 countries, had multiple properties and chose to have her son solo using a sperm bank at age 37 after stressing out about her biological clock ticking and having more than 13 failed relationships since the age of 21. A civil engineer for 25 years, she created exciting and rewarding life experiences through travel, investing and spending time with girlfriends. “I spent 20 years looking for my soulmate and my son, Nicholas, is now the love of my life. I wouldn’t give him up for any man,” she said. Her tips for being happily single include: Embrace/ accept your situation for what it is and what you have Learn to be present- enjoy the moment Find other single people you can relate to but don’t exclude yourself from couple situations. Find opportunities where you can be around people you can connect with, who have lived part of your journey Love yourself and appreciate your self worth. You determine your own worth by what you will and won’t put up with Find inner contentment and the good in all your challenges. Don’t be a man/ woman hater or shun couples. If you are bitter, resentful or hold grudges from past relationship failures, that bitterness permeates your present experience. Find exciting and rewarding life experiences that you can do on your own. When you come out of a relationship, write down a list of all the things you want to do without a partner and do it, like going on a girl’s retreat or writing a book (eg. I was up 10pm to 2am most nights when writing my book). Stay optimistic about life. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have - big and little things. List things you’re grateful for and realise things aren’t that bad. Look at life from a macro perspective and realise how small your issues are in the overall scheme of things Remind yourself that not everyone in a relationship is happy. You may be better off than some people who don’t have the courage to be single Ms Pateman’s tips are also in line with Singles Awareness Day (or Singles Appreciation Day), which is celebrated on February 15 each year. “It is a celebration of love in all forms recognising the love between friends, family and loving yourself. You have to accept you are where you are,” Ms Pateman said. “I’m not saying you can get rid of your desires. I’m saying if you don’t have courage to live a rewarding life on your own, life could pass you by and you could miss out on a lot of opportunities.” For more details or for a copy of the book Single, Again, and Again, and Again…, visit www.louisapateman.com ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055 High level roundtable on 28 January to examine trust in COVID-19 vaccine supply chain 2021-01-27T11:45:58Z high-level-roundtable-on-28-january-to-examine-trust-in-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain MEDIA ALERT: Public health officials and pharmaceutical executives will hold an on-the-record roundtable session to examine trust in the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain. Leaders from the WHO, the World Bank, Deloitte, J&J and GS1 to explore early learnings and what must be done moving forward to ensure successful global distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines. WHAT:This GS1 Healthcare Executive Dialogue will bring together senior leaders from the healthcare industry and major organisations across the life sciences and healthcare value chain to discuss some of the key challenges, opportunities and early learnings presented by the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines across the globe. The event will be on the record and will include time for media Q&As.A new Deloitte white paper highlights the “urgent need” for common standards across the healthcare supply chain as the world gears up for the largest deployment of vaccines in history. Global public health officials have been strongly arguing for a while for the “need to trace every vaccine dose”. You can access Deloitte’s report Securing trust in the global COVID-19 supply chain here and GS1’s press release here. WHO:Lisa Hedman, Group Lead, Supply and Access to Medicines, World Health OrganizationGregory Reh, Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Leader, Deloitte Tom Woods, Chairman of the Global Steering Committee Assurance of Health Products for the World BankTjalling van der Schors, Hospital Pharmacist at Dijklander Hospital, Board Member at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, NetherlandsWHEN:Thursday, 28 January, 21:00-22:00 AESTWHERE:The event can be accessed via video link. Registration is required. More information and registration forms can be found here. GS1 Australia media contact:Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 National grant opportunity designed to help Australian not-for-profits develop robust resilience 2021-01-18T01:02:26Z national-grant-opportunity-designed-to-help-australian-not-for-profits-develop-robust-resilience At a time when not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes across the nation are considering how to become more resilient, the Community Business Bureau (CBB) has reinforced its commitment to the sector by announcing funded business model resilience consulting support as part of its successful Community Business Grants program. The opportunity is expected to be welcome news for the nation’s not-for-profit organisations, who continue to experience significantly disrupted income streams and activities. CBB General Manager Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott  said it was critical to get behind the not-for-profit sector and work with organisations so they can adapt and thrive in the months and years ahead. “Even though the uncertainty of the past year is set to continue for some time yet, it is important that not-for-profit organisations understand that the decisions they make and resilience strategies put in place will be absolutely critical for their future success. The global pandemic, societal lockdowns and economic uncertainty have challenged organisations and their business models like never before,” Ms Arnott said. “This grant opportunity allows organisations to work with CBB’s sector-leading business consultants to analyse the various components of their business model, such as key partners, activities, resources and revenue streams, identify potential vulnerabilities, and develop strategies which address those vulnerabilities and maximise future growth opportunities.” The pro-bono consulting support will include workshops and business model development, as well as potential for training and capacity building. As a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides salary packaging and business consulting services to over 600 organisations nationally, CBB’s Community Development Program assists community organisations to strengthen their social impact to ultimately deliver better community services and supports. As one component of the Community Development Program, Community Business Grants provide organisations with opportunities to develop the strong business skills needed to ensure they are more sustainable, create a bigger social impact and ultimately do more for their communities. Any organisation registered with the ACNC or ORIC can apply for the Community Business Grants. In addition to reinvesting annual surplus into supporting and strengthening the NFP sector through grants and other development initiatives, CBB develops tailored solutions designed to address current and emerging trends and sector needs. The organisation also provides ATO-approved salary packaging services to employees of eligible not for profit organisations, who can see as much as 15% increase in their take-home pay. More about the Community Business Grants can be found here with applications closing at 1pm (ACST) on Friday 5 February 2021. This opportunity will be followed by another grant round due to open on 1 February, which has been designed to assist organisations to provide more NDIS services across Australia, particularly in regional, remote, rural, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander communities. More about the NDIS Growth Community Business Grant can be found here. COVID-19 ‘Feeds Slave Trade, Sexual Exploitation’ Says GFA World 2020-12-18T06:20:54Z covid-19-feeds-slave-trade-sexual-exploitation-says-gfa-world TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- COVID-19 is feeding the “growing evil” of human trafficking, pulling more of the world’s children into slavery and sexual exploitation, a new report reveals.   The pandemic has “cemented human trafficking as the third biggest illicit trade on the planet, behind illegal arms sales and drugs,” says the report by Australia based humanitarian agency GFA World, www.gfaau.org.    “The global pandemic has only heightened the desperation of those at risk and deepened the cunning of the traffickers,” says the report, (https://www.gfaau.org/press/human-trafficking/), citing worsening poverty and hunger as key drivers of the $150 billion a year global slave trade.   “The horrific exploitation of children and young adults for sex and forced labour is the most vile crime,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan. “We must act now to cut off this growing evil.”   Travel and border restrictions -- intended to slow the spread of the virus -- have driven traffickers underground and made victims more difficult to identify, the report says. Of the estimated 20-30 million slaves in the world today, four out of every five are women or girls.   A Wider Net The surge in online activity due to lockdowns is giving traffickers a wider net to entrap potential victims, including children. Police in Canada warn that “chatter in dark web forums” shows predators view the pandemic as an opportunity to lure children into the sex industry.   In some parts of Asia, traffickers enlist or coerce parents and other relatives to sell their children to “placement agencies” -- fronts for domestic slavery.   Predators are even “masquerading as helpers” to find new victims. “Forced prostitution and chosen sex work are going to acquire a new momentum in the post-COVID-19 world,” the report says.   Interpol, the international police agency, says the pandemic “has not blunted the determination of organised crime groups to prey on the vulnerable.”   Traffickers are taking even greater risks, too often resulting in the tragic deaths of their victims. In March, 64 African migrants suffocated in a shipping container; in May, 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a refrigerated truck in England; and in June, a former official in Arkansas pleaded guilty to smuggling women into the U.S. to put their babies up for adoption.   In Europe’s lucrative soccer industry, it’s estimated there are 15,000 trafficking victims every year.   Emergency Interceptors Faith-based humanitarian groups like GFA World and International Justice Mission are on the frontlines in the fight against slavery -- with GFA World’s indigenous workers acting as “emergency interceptors” in city slums and remote villages where millions are easy prey for predators.   “Through vocational training for women, protecting girls by providing safe water access, and our Bridge of Hope children’s program, we’re saving tens of thousands from falling victim to traffickers,” said Yohannan, author of Never Give Up. “This is how we confront the evil of human trafficking head-on, and show people the love of God.”   ###   GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news. COVID-19 Hunger ‘Worse Than Disease’ Says GFA World Leader 2020-11-12T06:25:39Z covid-19-hunger-worse-than-disease-says-gfa-world-leader TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- The leader of a major faith-based humanitarian agency has warned that a new COVID-19 surge could cause catastrophic starvation in poor nations.   Widespread hunger across Asia caused by the pandemic is proving to be “worse than the disease itself,” said K.P. Yohannan, president of GFA World, www.gfaau.org.   Yohannan’s warning comes as some countries face a “second wave” of COVID-19 infections, increasing fears of mass starvation as people are unable to go to work.   “For hundreds of millions living in Asia, the threat of starvation is more dangerous than the disease,” he said. “According to the U.N., virus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 more children every month.”   Starving ‘Before Their Eyes’ The missions leader and author of Never Give Up said many parents in Asia are watching their children “starving to death before their eyes.”   Massive numbers of day labourers -- the poorest of the poor -- are especially vulnerable, along with the legions of children who beg on the streets of Asia’s megacities.   “Many, surprisingly, do not fear the virus; they fear the hunger that will come,” said Yohannan, whose Australian-based organisation has helped feed nearly 200,000 people since the pandemic began.   160 Million Could ‘Plunge Deeper Into Poverty’ A resurgence of COVID-19 “could push (up to) 160 million people deeper into poverty and hunger,” he said. “As followers of Jesus we need to think deeply about what we can do to help.”   “It’s so easy for us to get caught up in COVID-19 anxiety and overlook the problems that existed before the pandemic,” Yohannan said. “But these problems -- such as starvation and homelessness -- have only become greater.”   Across Asia -- the world’s most populated continent, home to six out of every 10 people on earth -- GFA World workers are handing out rice, cooking oil and other food items to help stave off hunger for thousands.   “This is sometimes the only food they’ll get in three days,” Yohannan said. “When people see they’re not alone, that there are others willing to give so that they may live, it gives them hope and shows them that God really cares about them.”   GFA World asked for prayer for its workers and for “those who are facing this crisis, as we seek to do all we can to help.”   ###   GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news. JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T06:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. Afford celebrates NAIDOC Week with traditional dance and culture 2020-11-10T20:52:17Z afford-celebrates-naidoc-week-with-traditional-dance-and-culture Aboriginal inspired face painting and a traditional cleansing ceremony. These were just some of the activities that were held at Afford’s Green Valley Day Program to observe NAIDOC Week in 2020. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability provider that supports individuals to achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. Supporting individuals of all abilities to participate in meaningful and community minded activities form the basis for program development across Afford disability services. In recognition of indigenous culture during NAIDOC Week (8-15 November), Green Valley Day Program staff organised for representatives of the local indigenous people to visit and reflect on the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Green Valley Day Program celebrated NAIDOC Week in July when the activities are traditionally observed. The site was bright with colour, dance, art and music. NAIDOC Week celebrations began at Green Valley with clients having their faces painted with the colours of the Aboriginal flag. Staff and participants then welcomed Jason, from the DHARAWAL people, who talked to the group about Aboriginal culture. Jason asked Afford staff to join him in a cleansing ceremony, as a sign of new beginning for the community. A welcome dance followed with depictions of the kangaroo, emu and eagle. Participants of all abilities joined in the dance and movements. An important part of the welcome ceremony involved placing clay handprints onto a surface to be kept and recognised as a symbol of solidarity. An Afford jacket was chosen as the surface. Handprints adorn the jacket, which is now displayed proudly in a frame at the Green Valley site. Throughout the day, clients were supported to complete Aboriginal inspired dot painting on plywood boomerangs. Afford encourages and understanding and appreciation of communities and cultures. Individuals living with disability are supported to learn more about the world around them and the cultures and history that makes up their local community. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.auThe Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. Afford Remembers: locals with disability handmake red poppies for Remembrance Day 2020-11-10T20:47:50Z afford-remembers-locals-with-disability-handmake-red-poppies-for-remembrance-day Red poppies will adorn Afford Blacktown Day Program’s front garden this Remembrance Day (11 November), with each poppy carefully handcrafted by the many individuals with disability who attend the site. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability provide that supports individuals living with disability to engage in meaningful activities and learn more about the world around them. In learning about Australia’s history, participants of Afford Blacktown Day Program have created ceramic red poppies during art program for Remembrance Day, to recognise those who have fought and fallen for our country. “We incorporate programs and activities that are meaningful and open discussion about community events and values,” said Karolina Zdrojkowska, Acting Team Leader. “The Remembrance Day poppies art activity was one where we could facilitate a connection to the community. Everyone who made a poppy was very proud of all they had created and happy to share this with the broader community.” The site is lucky enough to have nurtured beautiful, live, red poppies, but the addition of ceramic red poppies will highlight the significance of the 11th of November at their site. During art program, clients were supported to use plaster to form the petals and markings of their poppies. After the plaster was dry, clients used vibrant red paint to decorate their creations. Wire stems were then added to the poppies. Everyone placed their poppies in the front garden. Some even fixed their poppies to the front tree. On Remembrance Day, staff and clients in Afford sites across Australia remember those who suffered and sacrificed their lives during war and conflict to protect others. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.auThe Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays.