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More harm than good from celebrity humanitarianism

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Recently I declined to sign an ad on behalf of a clearly worthy cause, as I generally do. The organizers were lining up people they consider "prominent" or with a "profile." There are A-lists and much lower ones (where I reside) both for signers and causes but if you believe in it, why not do what you can?

World Humanitarian Day

Holding Hands (Mike DelGaudio / CC BY 2.0 / Wikimedia Commons)

World Humanitarian Day is held annually on 19 August since 2008.  The date was selected by the United Nations in memory of the 2003 attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people.  This day commemorates the aid work performed by humanitarians around the world, and the sacrifices that often accompany this relief work.

The 2012 “I Was Here” campaign encouraged individuals to celebrate World Humanitarian Day through local volunteer projects and other acts of kindness

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/

 

 

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| December 24, 2012

Gaza-bound convoy leaves U.K.

The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports on the Viva-Palestina land convoy en route to Gaza.

Malaria Bites! A benefit concert

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 8:00pm

Location

University of Winnipeg - Convocation Hall
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg
Canada
49° 53' 24.4392" N, 97° 9' 12.1284" W

Did you know that Malaria is the leading cause of Death in children under 5 in Africa?

Did you know that Malaria kills more children than AIDS, TB or any other disease?

Did you know that Malaria kills one child every 30 second?

Did you know ONE treated bed net PROTECTS a LIFE?

BUT mostly, did you know YOU could SAVE a LIFE for just $7?

In honour of World Malaria Day on April 25, join the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Issues Program with the University of Winnipeg Global College for an unforgettable night of music to benefit the Canadian Red Cross Malaria Program on April 24th, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Eyes in Gaza with Dr. Mads Gilbert

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 7:00pm - Friday, February 5, 2010 - 10:00pm

Location

Multiple, universities across Canada Various
Canada
34° 23' 58.794" N, 118° 54' 10.5048" W

"The boy with the destroyed brain did not need anaesthetic; he could no longer feel anything. The other lay in an artificial coma with intravenous anaesthetic agents to soften the pain and allow the ventilator to work without resistance from the boy's own breathing. A large bandage covered both his eyes. He could not see anyway. He was already blind.

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