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    The Ground Zero Awareness Campaign
    The Ground Zero Awareness Campaign for Vancouver is now over. Due to your support it was BIG SUCCESS! For more information please click here.
    ScaredSacred Tell us your “Story of Hope” Contest

    ScaredSacred is inspiring and moving audiences around the world. Now it's your turn! Share your own "Story of Hope" and win one of the great prizes generously donated by our grassroots supporters. We'll keep the contest going as long as we have prizes to give away!

    Winning story for December 5, 2005

    I see Canada/USA to be among the wealthiest countries in the world. However, I also see much stress and unhappiness all around. I also see the world fractured and fragmented. Everyday, there are violence and social injustice committed around the world. Even the earth itself is being plundered. I decided to become a peace and environmental activist to make a difference. In the last 2 years I have met many people and organizations who are doing the same thing. I'm not a voice in the wilderness. This gave me great comfort and hope for humanity and for Mother Earth.
    By John

    Winning story for November 28, 2005

    Watching images of hurricane after hurricane slamming much of central North America, the story became personal. A dear friend, who left Toronto to create a new life in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, was in harm's way with the approach of Hurricane Wilma. Thankfully, they were able to leave in time, her, her Mexican husband, Charlie (lobstermen) and their 6 month old, Yelena. Amy was relieved to discover her home still standing, heavily damaged by the winds and storm surge. Many of the locals in the fishing village of Punta Allen had it much worse. Disaster relief aid wasn't getting into the smaller less accessible areas; something had to be done. I organized a FUNdraiser and was overwhelmed at the response. This was VERY grassroots; no agency could guarantee that any of the money raised would go specifically to the ravaged Mexican Riviera region. With generous sponsor, and kind souls all who volunteered, we had a lounge gathering in Toronto, some people had traveled 6 hrs. to come to the event. To date, we raised about $2000 and the money is still coming in. A carpenter has volunteered his time and will help reconstruct local homes and businesses. People are shipping clothing, whatever they can. The money went DIRECTLY to the people, with Amy purchasing food, medical supplies, whatever was needed. Human generosity is one of our greatest virtues... and the love, support, and hard work of like minded people has inspired me so greatly. By giving just a little bit, I have received so much more in return.
    By Joey

    Winning story for November 21, 2005

    My father drowned with I was 23. It was the most devastating, shocking and 'emptying' experience I ever had. they didn't find his body for a day - we had been vacationing in the states - so we headed home, without him. that night I dreamed about him. He was standing in front of me waiting for me to ask him a question. I wasn't afraid of him being dead but i was horrified that the way he died might have been a terrifying experience for him. So I asked him and he replied, 'no, it's just a transition.' I woke up, my pillow was soaked in tears and the smell of his aftershave permeated my whole apartment. I am sure he was there.
    By shirley

    Winning story for November 14, 2005

    My Story of Hope involves my husband. Two and 1/2 years ago, he became ill with what we thought was the flu. After 3 months of going to the Dr. and ER he was still ill and was paralysed. One ER Dr. told him to go home and exercise, he was lazy. After finally getting a new DR., he was immediatley put in hospital and within 3 days transferred to RCH. There not only was he bedridden but conracted the awful Cdiff which caused him to lose 70 lbs. He never ate for 2 months. Thru all this, our son and daughter, grandkids, his mother in law and all our wonderful friends and relatives helped us thru this, with words of encouregment, phone calls, hospital visits. After being in the hospital for 2 months and coming home bedridden we certainly had a new view of life, IT WAS GREAT, we had feared the worst and here he was HOME. Our 4 and 2 year old grandchildren soon learned how to push a wheelchair, bring a walker and generally make us smile. After many long months, my husband is walking and has returned to his "normal" life but with a new outlook and rejuvination. We all are thankful for each and everyday.
    -by Marlene

    Winning story for November 7, 2005:

    “When tragedy hits and humans flood in to help those in need I realize that the world is not as polarized as the politicians, media and analysts would like us to believe. We have to learn how to break the boundaries of state and institution in order to see the world as one. In the wake of natural disasters I have seen just that. This gives me hope.”
    By Samia

    Winning story for October 30, 2005:

    “A few months ago I was sent the book "The Impossible Will Take a Little While" by Paul Loeb. I started reading it in fits and starts for the next month or more in between other commitments, other books etc. But its message affected me a great deal and changed the way I operated. I am a fundraiser (formally a botanist/ecologist) in my fifth year with The Land Conservancy of BC. As the organization grows and it is growing (40% a year) with all the joys and sorrows that this brings, I have found as a fundraiser that it is impossible to keep up with the insatiable demand for $$ for land (of course). In Canada there are only 3 foundations that give money for land in BC and then the commitment is not every year or even every other year. The Land Conservancy relies heavily on major donors which is very new to most conservation groups and donors. I have tried working harder, longer hours, more desperately until exhaustion, burnout made me realize that I had to work in a different way. This book helped me see that I needed to step back and approach my work differently. I have been writing to a potential donor for 4 years. We have never met. This year once again I wrote to explain about the properties that TLC was pursuing throughout BC and this year the donor responded. I replied with more information and spoke from my heart (not as a fundraiser) but as a mother, botanist, ecologist and now grandmother why this land was important. The donor gave us $190,000 and we were able to complete the deal. Now you can say that this is a coincidence- the donation has nothing to do with my shift in attitude and work ethic but I feel it does. When you stop trying so hard you leave an opening for the possible.”
    By Lynne M.



    ScaredSacred Supporters

    Canada Tibet Committee - Toronto branch
    The Toronto Tibet Film Festival is organized by the Toronto branch of the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC), a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting respect for human rights and political freedoms in Tibet.

    Afghan Women Organization (National Afghanistan Women's Organization)
    The AWO is a non-profit organization committed to assisting Afghan women and their families successfully settle in Canada. The AWO also provides assistance and protection to refugees and to internally displaced and vulnerable people in Afghanistan.

    Voice of Women for Peace, Afghan Support Group
    Since its foundation in 1960, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace has worked on issues related to peace, social justice, human rights and development, always seeking to promote a woman's and a feminist's perspective. The Circle of Support for Women in Afghanistan is one of their national Circles to assist in the struggle to gain full human rights and recover from over 20 years of war.

    Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)
    CPAR works in partnership with vulnerable communities and diverse organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy communities in Africa.

    Conscience Canada
    Since 1978, Conscience Canada has dedicated itself to giving all Canadians the right to conscientiously object to military taxation and defend freedom of conscience. They believe taxes and resources should be used to build a just world and not to pay for war.

    Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
    TCSW is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition, comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance. TCSW has been mobilizing tens of thousands of people to oppose the forces attempting to build a global empire.

    War Child Canada
    Founded in 1999, War Child Canada is an independent charitable organisation working to assist children whose lives have been torn apart by war, and to raise awareness for children's rights everywhere. They engage North American youth to play an active role in creating a more just future and have successfully organized benefit concerts, albums and documentaries.

    War Resisters Support Campaign
    The War Resisters Support Campaign is a broad-based coalition of community, faith, labour and other organizations and individuals that have come together to support U.S. soldiers seeking asylum in Canada because they refuse to fight in the illegal war in Iraq.

    Artists Against War
    Formed in 2003, AAW is a Toronto based collective of artists of all media and disciplines who are dedicated to peace and justice for all.

    Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
    OECTA represents 36,000 men and women who teach in the publicly funded English Roman Catholic schools in Ontario. Their association is committed to the advancement of Catholic education and values.

    Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 50,000 members across Ontario. They include teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

    Greenpeace
    Greenpeace is an independently funded organization that works to protect the environment. We challenge government and industry to halt harmful practices by negotiating solutions, conducting scientific research, introducing clean alternatives, carrying out peaceful acts of civil disobedience and educating and engaging the public.

    Soka Gaaki International
    Founded in 1975 with 12 million members worldwide, SGI is devoted to peace, culture and education based on the humanistic Buddhist philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin. They believe that the process of self-reformation radiates outward to rejuvenate family, community, and society to create a peaceful world.

    Interfaith Unity
    The Interfaith Unity Newsletter is a free newsletter of interfaith activities, news, and resources, in Toronto, southern Ontario, and internationally.

    Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance
    An agency that promotes the freedom of individuals to follow the religious path of their choosing, without discrimination or oppression. They disseminate accurate religious information to dispell myths and untruths and increase tolerance and understanding.

    Scarboro Missions
    Scarboro Missions is a Society of Canadian Catholics, priests and laity, motivated by the Spirit, who dedicate themselves to the person, teaching and mission of Jesus Christ as expressed in his words: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10).

    Encounter World Religions Centre
    Encounter World Religions Centre offers educational, spiritual and cultural encounters with the world's religions and their communities. The Centre promotes interreligious peace and understanding through experiential learning such as workshops, tours and sharing rituals.

    Canadian Landmine Foundation (Adopt A Minefield)
    The Foundation is a registered charity with a mission to raise awareness and funds to end the human and economic suffering caused by anti-personnel landmines. Adopt-A-Minefield is a global partnership for mine action with campaigns in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Sweden.

    Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund (CLMMRF)
    The mission of the CLMMRF is to decrease land mine casualties and contribute to survivor rehabilitation in Cambodia. It's goal is to further develop the existing Land Mine Museum in the city of Siem Reap founded by ex-child soldier Aki Ra (and featured in ScaredSacred).

    Christian Peacemaker Teams - Canada
    CPT arose from a call in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war. Canadians were among the founders of CPT who seek to enlist the whole church in an organized, nonviolent alternative to war.

    Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
    CUSJ works to to develop and maintain a vibrant network of Unitarian social action and proactively represent Unitarian principles and values. They aim to combat injustice, discrimination, and abuses, and promote peace, security, environmental protection, education and literacy.

    Joy Kogawa
    Joy Kogawa wrote Obasan, the story of the Japanese Canadian internment through the eyes of a child. It was named the eleventh most influential novel of the twentieth century by Quill and Quire.

    Veterans Against Nuclear Arms (VANA)
    VANA's goal is to ensure a secure future for the human race by working for the total abolition of nuclear weapons and war by strengthening and renewing the United Nations, supporting the U.N. in peacekeeping operations, achieving a global common security under international law, and by joining with veterans and others in a global quest to end the arms race.

    Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
    CW4WAfghan began in 1996 as a small volunteer solidarity network of women in Canada committed to supporting the empowerment of Afghan women and girls, their rights and opportunities. The organization has now grown to sixteen chapters & affiliated groups across the country.

    WAVAW
    WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre is a non-profit organization that has been providing sexual assault support services to women aged 14 and older in Greater Vancouver since 1982. We operate within a feminist and anti-oppression framework, and are committed to non-violence.

    Amnesty International - Vancouver | Amnesty International - Seattle | Amnesty International - Toronto Organization
    A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Amnesty International's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

    Bereaved Families Circle
    An organization of bereaved families supporting peace, reconciliation and tolerance. They operate a Families Forum whose members include hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian who have lost loved ones to the Israeli-Arab conflict and act to prevent further bereavement. (Featured in ScaredSacred.)

    Ahavat Olam, InterSpiritual Centre
    The InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver is working to create a shared space of worship which will be used, God willing, by a wide variety of religious and spiritual communities in Vancouver and serve as a centre for inspiration, learning and action for all people

    Creative Peace Network
    Creative Peace Network is a diverse group committed to fostering a culture of collaboration and justice through creativity and dialogue. We engage communities in new possibilities for change, provide forums for dialogue, and act as a catalyst for creative initiatives.

    Vancouver Raging Grannies
    The Raging Grannies are caring older women who endeavour to raise awareness of issues relating to peace, the environment, and social justice through satirical songs and skits. We sing for women's rights, a clean environment, better education, and an end to military spending. We dedicate our efforts to the children of the world.

    Multifaith Action Society
    Founded in 1972, Multifaith Action Society of BC is a registered charity dedicated to bringing together different faith groups and promoting interreligious understanding and cooperation.

    Poets Against War
    Poets Against War continues the tradition of socially engaged poetry by creating venues for poetry as a voice against war, tyranny and oppression. Starting as a protest to the Iraq War in 2003, we have since grown to include 20,000 poems from poets all across the world.

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