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EaHH Extend a Helping Hand Quick Information

As many of you will be aware, a number of states in Australia, particularly Queensland, are enduring tremendous flooding on a massive scale. Towns, villages and cities have been inundated on an unprecedented scale, causing loss of life and property – in the city of Toowoomba alone, damage is estimated at $A6 billion. 75% of the entire state has been declared a disaster zone.

Australians are generally very resilient to disasters, being a nation prone to the full range of nature’s onslaught from bushfire through to floods. However, this disaster has left such a trail of destruction that I would urge you to please donate funds to assist these people to recover their livelihoods.

Sanura Sakai has organised in a very short timeframe, a fund-raising event in world. Sanura herself is a resident of a Queensland city facing its second inundation and evacuation in a week. The event, ‘Extend A Helping Hand’ has a great range of goods kindly donated by a wide range of creators. These include:

Sanu
A.D.D Andel!
This is a Fawn
Evie’s Closet
D-LAB
fri.day
Idiosyncrasy
(fashionably dead)
Intrigue Co.
Ruru@Pino
=HooT=
Tarnished
Whippet and Buck
Cupcakes
* Deviance *
Frippery
*Dilly Dolls*
Mango, Mango!
Violent Seduction
*Epic*
Schadenfreude
Weather? or Not!
Young Urban
RezIpsa Loc
Creative Insanity
Thistle Homes
Barcode
The Stringer Mausoleum
Somnia
Freedom
FD Decor
Adore&Abhor
A-BOMB
*RRS*
[.Zombie Fetus.]
Shades of October
C&D Designs
~*By Snow*~
:+:Studio Sidhe:+:
Lolapop!
The Black Canary
Kahli’s Closet
AA Garden Center
Polygon Fashion House
[Ellie’s Attic]
Mer-Elf Creations
Ocsycat Designs
Fallen Gods Inc.
Miamai
SLink

Donation Booths can also be found set up at these locations:

Royal Living Magazine HQ
The Deck
Breedables Inc. HQ
Cocan Rois Estates
Outpost 13, Industrial Music Club

And this vendor has an item set up at their mainstore location:

Magic Pets HQ.

Read more at katjohnston.com

You can make direct donations to The Queensland Premier’s Appeal

You can keep up to date with the Australian ABC

Messages of support and assistance have been received from around the world, including the governments of Great Britain, People’s Republic of China, European Union, USA, and a most compassionate message from the US Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, which I will quote from:

“American readers may not realize that the affected area is larger than Texas, and already these floods have taken at least 19 lives, destroyed hundreds of homes, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Many of us have family, friends, colleagues, and counterparts living in this region, and each day presents special challenges. Yesterday, we worked with a group of Americans trapped by rising waters in the town of Gympie, who were helicoptered out to safety. But we know that when the waters finally subside, an even greater task lies ahead. Secretary Clinton, Consul General Niels Marquardt, and I have pledged our Mission’s support to the Prime Minister and to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. Among other things, our Embassy personnel are donating to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, volunteering to help affected communities clean up, and connecting with American businesses that are interested in donating food, clothing, furniture, or expertise to those in need.”

So, please go along to Extend A Helping Hand Fundraiser event to donate to this most worthy cause.

Extend a Helping Hand Event Hall

Images courtesy of Kat Johnston

ANZAC

Today in my part of the world, it is ANZAC Day. Every year this falls on the same day, 25th April.

This Day of Remembrance is held by Australians and New Zealanders alike, and as an Australian living in New Zealand, I cannot help but feel blessed to be to be a part of our world and part of two cultures united by history.

This Day commemmorates those members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought so long ago and so far from home at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. In more recent years, it also honours service men and women who died and served for their country. This is a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same remembrance day, but making reference to both countries in its name.

This day holds great significance in both countries, and is marked historically as the ‘coming of age’ of both Australia and New Zealand all those years ago. Everywhere around the world where Australians or New Zealanders gather, you will find a commemmoration held today. Indeed, many villages and towns across Europe also remember our ANZACS for the selfless service during 2 World Wars.

At the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Canberra you will find this inscription, written by Kemnal Atatürk, the first President of modern Turkey in 1934, as tribute to the ANZACs killed at Gallipoli:

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours… you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, They have become our sons as well.”

~ LEST WE FORGET~

Today’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service in my home town is shown in the video link here

According to the Secondlife group ABC friends, access to Secondlife by Australians will continue as normal.

From Wolfie Rankin, moderator ABC Friends group of SecondLife:

ABC Island Admin, Daveinoz, phoned Senator Conroys’ Office just now and asked if Secondlife would be banned, They said, and this is a direct quote “Absolutely, Categorically not”.

So there you have it. No need for hysteria, tears, threats, panic. All is good

Australians Banned from SecondLife? No way mate

Shown above is a group of assorted hobos, some Australian, enthusiastically celebrating the “news”

“Linden Lab has received no indications from the Australian government that it plans to block Second Life and will keep our community apprised of any developments on that front. In the meantime, we want to assure Australian Residents that Second Life remains accessible and functioning in your region.

Australia has and will continue to be an important market for Linden Lab, and we’re committed to providing the best possible Second Life experience for the users in that market. Some of the most exciting uses of Second Life have come out of Australia, a diverse community of Residents that includes major universities, K12 schools (in Teen Second Life), large enterprises and many thousands of consumers, who spend hundreds of thousands of hours inworld each month.

Regards,

Claudia

Claudia L’Amoreaux
Education Programs manager
Linden Lab | Second Life Grid”

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