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RESTORING NEPAL CONCERT THIS SATURDAY!

Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on June 12, 2015

A reminder that tomorrow evening the Fremantle community will try to raise money for the earthquake victims in Nepal at the RESTORING NEPAL CONCERT at the Fremantle Sailing Club. It starts at 7 pm, Saturday June 13 and tickets are only $ 25.00 so come along for an evening of music by the MUTIMA BAND and EMPIRE BLUES and more.

There will be a silent auctions with some great items for sale such as a five day stay in Bali, a fully signed jumper by all the Fremantle Dockers footy players, etc.

The Buddhist Gyuto monks of Tibet will be in attendance so maybe this will be the rare chance of seeing them dance.

The bar will be open and there will be food for sale, so no reason whatsoever to stay at home!

Please spread the word through your network as every dollar will help to get shelter and clean water to the affected people.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE RESTORING NEPAL CONCERT

Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal by freoview on June 1, 2015

It’s only twelve more days to the RESTORING NEPAL CONCERT on June 13 at the Fremantle Sailing Club-152 Marine Terrace- so book your tickets at OZTIX. Tickets are only $ 25 plus booking fees. http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=52560. OZTIX will donate the booking fee to the fundraising!

The fun will start off at 7 pm with music by EMPIRE BLUES, MUTIMA BAND, LES KARSKI AND THE NERVOUS INVESTORS and DJ ADELLE HITCHCOCK.

Come along to support a great cause and have fun while helping others!

Roel Loopers

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RESTORING NEPAL CROWD FUNDING

Posted in fremantle, nepal by freoview on May 12, 2015

Nepal aid

Clothes Swap

If you would like to donate to the RESTORING NEPAL fundraising by the Fremantle community you can do so through the crowd funding page here: http://www.gofundme.com/restoringnepal

Alternatively you can come and join the concert on June 13 at the Fremantle Sailing Club, buy tickets and take part in the silent auction with some great items for sale including a Fremantle Dockers shirt signed by the players.

There is also the Clothes Swap for the Monks at Notre Dame Uni Drill Hall Friday the 22nd of May from 4-8 pm!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FUNDRAISER FOR NEPAL!

Posted in earthquake, fremantle, nepal, tiber by freoview on May 3, 2015

nepal

Save the date! JUNE 13! FUNDRAISER FOR NEPAL AT THE FREMANTLE SAILING CLUB!!!!

Live music, silent auction, raffles with all prizes donated by our generous community with big hearts. More details soon!
All donations to Oxfam and the Gyuto Monks in Nepal.

We plan to buy 50 families or more with Oxfam family packs over 500 will be helped with tents, drinking water, blankets, portaloos, first aid kits, etc.

The monks, like most others in Kathmandu, are outside under tents/tarpaulins with little access to water and food and other facilities. They are unsure about the condition of their monastery and not allowed to and too frightened to go inside.

The Gyuto Monks are very well-known in Fremantle and have made regular visits to Freo. They also have participated in the very funny Divinity Cup cricket matches in Princess May Park, playing against teams from Clancy’s and  St Patrick’s.

COME AND SUPPORT THE FUNDRAISER OR JUST DONATE MONEY!

I will post more details soon as they come to hand.

Roel Loopers

THE LUCKY COUNTRY FOR SOME

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 16, 2014

OXFAM asked the question Is Australia Still the Lucky Country? and the report they released shows that most Australians don’t believe it is. Nearly 80 percent of the people interviewed said the gap between the poor and the rich had widened, and over 60 percent claimed that inequality is making Australia a worse place to live .

According to the Oxfam report the wealthiest one percent of the population have more money that 60 percent of the population, and that the most wealthy Australians have too much influence.

It was interesting to listen to the ABC radio Geoff Hutchison program this morning. I did not hear it all but there were quite a few people who said they were leaving Australia, and others who said they were leaving W.A. because they could no longer afford to live here because of high living costs. One man told Geofff that he and many of his mates were going to move to Asian countries because they were fed up with the whingers and hand-out mentality.

I believe taking responsibility as a society is what it comes down to. Leaving the battle to others and going AWOL in another country is never going to be the solution, and neither is it to believe that it is someone else’s problem or that governments alone have to deal with it. We’re all in this together and we should all try to make life better for those who are not as lucky as others.

While (Western) Australia is not perfect, I still would not want to live anywhere else. Life runs its own course and while we are often in control of our own destiny, sometimes the universe has other ideas. Life is not for ever, so make the best of it and enjoy it while you can. I reckon it helps a bit to live in Fremantle, in a community minded place where people care.

Roel Loopers

FREO FAIR TRADE NIGHT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 27, 2012

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COMMUNITY MEAN GAZETTE

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography, west australian, western australia by freoview on October 26, 2010

One has to question the Fremantle Gazette calling itself a community paper. Time and time again this “community” paper ignores what is going on in Fremantle. We hardly ever get reports or photos on events that happen on the weekends. I assume this has to do with the paper’s deadline and possibly because they don’t want to pay reporters and photographers to do weekend assignments.

Isn’t it amazing that this “community” paper has not mentioned the success of the Concert for Pakistan, organised by a handful of committed Fremantle people and Oxfam, while our real and very supportive community paper the Fremantle Herald gave it a full page of photos, and free advertising to promote the event. It is not as if the Fremantle Gazette did not have access to photos of the concert. I emailed them four photos last Wednesday, well in time to meet the paper’s deadline. The concert raised over $ 15,000.00 by the way for the flood victims in Pakistan.

It annoys me that the Gazette does not think it is important to report on things that happen in Fremantle. Thousands of people flocked to the Blessing of the Fleet on the weekend. No photos in this “community” newspaper today, while even the West Australian published a photo of it yesterday.

On the other hand the Herald gives so much of free advertising to local community groups, like the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta and Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, to name just a few.

I know which paper I rather give my support to, and have on many occasions. I am always happy to donate my photos to the Fremantle Herald, to support my local community, because that is what they do as well. The sentiment is in the word community. Maybe someone at the Gazette can look it up in a dictionary.

Roel Loopers

MELISSA PARKE. MP. SPEECH IN CANBERRA

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth, politics, sustainability by freoview on October 21, 2010

I would like to share only a small part of the speech by Fremantle’s Labor MP Melissa Parke, which she gave on October 20 in the House of Representatives in Canberra:

“When we look to characterise the nature of Australia’s outlook on the world, it is hard not to be struck by our record of deep generosity and compassion in relation to events like the tsunami in
the Indian Ocean, the floods in Bangladesh and the earthquake in Haiti. That outward-looking concern for our fellow human beings, and especially for those who live in less secure or well-off circumstances than we do, is an extension of our openness and sense of fairness.

It is fitting, therefore, that I finish this speech by making mention of a fundraising concert I attended in Fremantle on Saturday. This event, titled simply ‘Concert for Pakistan’, was organised by a group of Fremantle people, from the local Oxfam group and including other community members, who recognised that the flood disaster in Pakistan had not registered as strongly on the public consciousness as the scale of the catastrophe demands. I suspect that one of the contributing reasons for its lack of profile was the federal election and its aftermath, which dominated the media and public focus at the time.
In any case, the Concert for Pakistan involved a large number of people from across the greater Fremantle community who gave their time and resources to raise money for the ongoing effort to deal with the terrible impact of the floods in that country. I was very happy to be there to introduce a couple of the bands who donated their performances on Saturday, and it always lifts the heart to be in a group of people—men, women, and children—who come together to contribute their time, money and good wishes for men, women and children who are just like them but who, by fate and circumstance, are suffering terrible privation.
I would particularly like to recognise the work of Jon Strachan, who until recently was a councillor in the City of Fremantle. He continues his longstanding efforts as an environmental and social campaigner and he certainly lives by the motto ‘Think global, act local’, or to borrow a mantra from Mahatma Gandhi ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world’. That is the principle on which I am happy to conclude my speech at the commencement of the 43rd Parliament. It is a principle that applies to some of the greatest challenges we face in Australia, and as a global
community. It applies to climate change, it applies to the finite and dwindling supply of hydrocarbons that dominate our current energy-use profile, it applies to the issue of global poverty and the insecurity and conflict that flows from desperation; and it flows from the disparity between those who have and those who have not.”

Melissa Parke MP

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CONCERT ABOUT HUMANITY

Posted in australia, fremantle, perth by freoview on October 17, 2010

The fund raising CONCERT FOR PAKISTAN held at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday afternoon was a brilliant day.

It was one of those days, when you love being part of the human race. When people from all parts of life come together for a common goal, and that goal is to help people from a far distant country. People we have never met and are unlikely to ever meet, from a country most of us have not been to.

It was a day when there were no egos, and there was no greed. No one was going to make personal gain from being involved. It was simply, and all about, trying to give a bit of help to the flood victims in Pakistan.

All the musicians and performers played for free, all the volunteers gave up all of their Saturday, just because each and everyone believed that it is our duty in this world to share and care and show compassion, no matter how far away those who need our help are.

It was a day where humanity shone in its brightest and most beautiful way, when politicians turned up and participated, and everything ran smoothly.

Thank you to each and everyone who was there. Thank you gorgeous kids for giving us so many reasons to smile, and thank you also to the grumpy old men, who never had a moment to be just that.

When there is so much respect and consideration amongst people, life is close to perfect. It shows how much can be achieved with goodwill, and how productive positive mindsets are.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE FUN FOR FLOOD VICTIMS!

Posted in australia, fremantle, western australia by freoview on October 14, 2010

A reminder that the fundraiser CONCERT FOR PAKISTAN, will be on at the FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE. SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 FROM 12-6.

Tickets are only $ 25.00, which is nothing for six hours of music and fun. Please do support this event! I’ll be there.

Roel

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