Typhoon Yolanda – How you can help!

As I was sitting and watching the news this morning, I felt a huge lump in my throat. The devastation caused to the little Philippine island is beyond belief. Thousands of families have been displaced, people are undergoing medical surgeries without anaesthesia and women are going into labour and giving birth in a cramped room full of people.

In the face of adversity, the women of Hong Kong are standing up and making a difference. I saw a post on a HK forum this morning and I thought I’d share. Hong Kong A-Freight Ltd. is accepting donations, only goods (no money) to be shipped to charitable institutions such as ABS-CBN Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation in Manila.  ABS-CBN Foundation and GMA Kapuso Foundation will dispatch all the goods and boxes to the affected areas.

All you need to do is collect a box (any size) from Hong Kong A-Freight and drop it off to any of their branches. Below is a list of all their locations as well as a list of items that will be greatly appreciated.

Locations:

CENTRAL
Shops 371-372, Worldwide Plaza,
19 Des Voeux Rd., Central Hongkong
T# 2522-4253

NORTH POINT
G/F #80 Wharf Road, North Point
T# 2503-4743

AP LEI CHAU (Warehouse)
4/F Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok St.
T# 3583-1810

CAUSEWAY BAY
14-B Fairview Commercial Bldg.,
27 Sugar St., Causeway Bay
T# 2504-2468

KENNEDY TOWN
21-B Hong Kong Industrial Bldg.,
444-452 Des Voeux Rd West Kennedy Town
T# 2816-6254

KOWLOON CITY
Shop B, G/F, Yue Luen Mansion, 2-4 Junction Road
T# 2383-9377

HUNG HOM
Shop F-8, 1/F Planet Square, 1-15 Tak Man St., Hung Hom
T# 2330-7112

SHATIN
Stall #95, Ground Level, Shatin Market
T# 2606-4878

LAM TIN
Shop 7-B Laguna Arcade, Laguna City
T# 2717-3302

TSUEN WAN
Shop 254 Lik Sang Plaza, Tsuen Wan
T# 2417-3339

MA ON SHAN
Shop 60, 1/F, Fu Fai Garden, Ma On Shan
T# 2697-6092

WANCHAI
1/F Galway Court, #9 Cross St., Wanchai
T# 2836-3480

YUEN LONG
Shop 5-A, 1/F, Tung Yick Bldg., Yu King Square

Items Needed:

FOOD: assorted canned goods (sardines/tuna, corned beef, luncheon meat, pork & beans), rice, bottled water, non-perishable items (canned goods, bread & biscuits, sugar, powdered milk, bottled water, etc.)

NON-FOOD: blankets, clothes, hair & skin care (bath soap, anti mosquito lotion/body oil, shampoo, comb), toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine napkin, diapers/washcloth, cotton buds, school supplies, underwear for all ages.

MEDICINE: paracetamol, anti-diarrhea medicine, medicine for coughs and colds, hydration salts, water purification tablets, medicine for prevention of leptospirosis and vitamins.

For more ways to help, please see the poster below.

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“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”   Mother Teresa

Baby P

Anyone who has followed the news in the UK in the last 7 years would have heard of “Baby P”. Peter Connelly as we now know him was unfortunately born to Tracey Connelly, a woman unfit to be a mother. She allowed her baby boy to be abused and suffer at the hands of her boyfriend and his brother. In 2009 she was jailed indefinitely, with a minimum of 5 years. Last week it was announced that she would be released and there was uproar. People couldn’t understand why someone who permitted such a thing to happen to her child, was allowed free. Among the injuries the child suffered at the hands of his carers were a broken back, gashes to the head, a fractured shinbone, a ripped ear, blackened fingers and toes, with a missing fingernail, skin torn from the nose and mouth, cuts on the neck and a tooth knocked out.

Initially I saw it another way. Do I think she should rot in hell? Yes. But I believed coming out into the world would be hell for her. In prison she is safe, she is fed, looked after (with tax payers money I might add). Out in the big bad world she will be alone, jobless and friendless, at risk of being hurt by those who are so angry by what she did. The only concern is that she may get pregnant again. But even then, social services will take her baby away from her.

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But then I read this and this. And it literally made my stomach turn! As a mother, I cannot understand how someone who carried and gave birth to their child can allow him to be brutally killed. And as a woman, I don’t understand how any man can be attracted to that sort of person.

Also, after 60 visits from social services, why was her child still allowed to stay with her? 15 visits should be enough to know something is seriously wrong!

Personally I think she should be put through the same pain her son experienced and rot in a prison cell with no access to the outside world. It may sound inhumane but she deserves nothing more.

You can watch a video of Peter Connelly’s short life here (Be sure to have a tissue box ready!).

On many internet forums I’ve seen the same question being asked: Should capital punishment be re-introduced in the UK?