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Hearing our voices ~ victory on whales! #AVAAZ #Petition

Posted in donnette e davis on June 30, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

We did it! The proposal to legalise whale killing went down in flames in Morocco — and our campaign helped to tip the balance.

In a few short weeks, we built the biggest whale-saving petition in history, signed by an extraordinary 1.2 million of us worldwide, and delivered it directly to key delegates at the International Whaling Commission meeting. In the end, the 24 year old whaling ban was upheld.

The pro-whaling lobby tried to use political favours to win a so called ‘compromise’ that amounts to a quota for hunting whales, but as tension grew in the closed-door talks, our massive petition became a top story on the BBC’s world news, and we worked with friendly negotiators and other allies to put pressure where it was most needed and draw greater global attention.

The Australian environment minister Peter Garrett received our petition for like-minded governments in front of the world’s media and said “Thank you very much Avaaz. It is a great pleasure to be here and accept this petition … I believe the people of the world’s voices need to be heard. I certainly hear them today.”

The U.S. delegation greeted us saying — “Avaaz! We saw your billboard at the airport!” and delegates were overheard excitedly discussing our giant real-time petition counter outside the meeting as it blew far past the million mark.

After the meeting, one European negotiator told us: “We’ve managed to keep the ban in place…I’ve been checking the petition online. I was very impressed by how fast the numbers are rising and seeing people signing from across the world.”

This is an important victory for whales — and for global people power — together we demonstrated that international decisions can be shifted by a little bit of well-placed effort from a lot of people everywhere.

But winning this battle won’t guarantee the whales’ safety yet — Japan’s “scientific” whaling fleet is already sailing out of harbour through IWC loopholes to kill hundreds of whales.

To win for good, we’ll need to campaign to strengthen and reform the IWC, and to mobilise in countries with pro-whaling governments like Japan — where the Cabinet knows Avaaz and we have changed environmental policy in the past.

We can do it if enough of us chip in just a small amount a week. We’ve now reached 6,000 regular donors — if we get to 10,000 we can start funding campaigning in Japan and other key nations now. Click here to become an Avaaz sustainer and make it happen:

Over its short lifespan, our movement has exploded through a simple democratic idea: that people power can stand up and win against powerful special interests. Whether it be protecting whales, countering corruption, supporting authentic democracy movements or fighting for a global climate deal, we are coming together to bridge the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

Now, if enough of us chip in just a small amount for Avaaz’s member-funded campaigning, together we’ll have the strength to win even more victories. Click here now to donate —

With hope,

Ricken, Alice, Paul, Mia, Ben, Luis, David, Graziela, Milena and the whole Avaaz team


Saying Goodbye?

Posted in donnette e davis on June 29, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

I am truly blessed to have 4 beautiful daughters and 2 magnificent sons.. Sometimes I forget to count my blessings.

Recently (20 June 2010) a very dear friend of mine (a well known author and dance therapist) passed on after an 8 month illness. I am grateful to her family for calling me constantly the weekend prior to her passing in order that the children and I could say our final goodbyes. Although she was unable to reply or speak back the indications from her family, who were at her bedside, were that she heard and understood everything I was saying.

A few days later I again said goodbye – to my beautiful daughter, Jessica, who was visiting South Africa. A different goodbye, but nonetheless a painful parting as she wings her way back to the other side of the planet. Very few people know much about our background, or indeed about Jessica <- I prefer to keep it that way. Suffice it so say that she has grown into an amazing young lady, having overcome obstacles and trauma that no young girl or woman should ever have to endure. ‘Tis life in Africa – and I’m pleased she, being British, has escaped the threatened fate promised to South African women, many of whom have already become victims of violent crime, rape and/or worse. A true blessing, and my pride and joy is Jess.

This was goodbye – for now… she has no intention of returning to South Africa, a bitter-sweet parting…..

I also found this poem this morning while uploading some pictures to the pc of her recent trip, very beautiful…. and very true!

Women have strengths that are amazing.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they portray strength when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


5 year get together #Family

Posted in donnette e davis on June 22, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

First time in almost 5 years I have had all 6 of my children in the same place at the same time….

1. to celebrate Doey’s 21st birthday on 24 June and
2. to spend the last few days with Jess before her return to the other side of the universe….

Candice is the tall blonde, Derek’s GF

Derek is in red, the others probably don’t need introduction… 😛 These are my reasons for living!

Left to Right –>> Doey, River, Jessie, Savannah, (behind Sav is myself) Aiden is being held by Candice, far right Derek

SA beats France 2-1 – 1st host nation not to qualify for 2nd round #WorldCup

Posted in donnette e davis, South African Tourism, Tourism in South Africa, World Cup 2010 on June 22, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

Tshabalala SHOULD have scored, he had the hunger and determination, just never quite on target. First half Bafana were playing brilliantly, France was down to 10 men – seems that SA had a foot in the door to quallify to go through to the next round.

France’s goalkeeping was spot on in the second half. Seems to me France had more control in the second half of the game, scoring very quickly into the 2nd half. South Africa would have had to score an additional 3 goals to go forward to the next round.

Although not qualifying to go through to the next round, South Africa can be proud of their team today – they showed that they had what it takes to play world class soccer. A brilliant game, well worth watching, and although not a soccer fan, I am glad I did.

Way to go SA! Beating France was no mean feat!! Well played France, gave us the ‘run around’ second half 😛

SA #WorldCup SA vs France – Half time 2-0 to SA #Bafana

Posted in donnette e davis, World Cup 2010 on June 22, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

Half time – SA up on France 2-0 – needing to stay neck and neck with the Uruguay team to qualify for the next round. SA Team looking good and determined at the OFS Stadium…

For now we’ll concentrate on getting through the 2nd half. France is also looking good..

SA Needs this!

Savannah aka GRAVY GURL <- awwwwww bless 😛


HRH Aiden – no question about who he supports 🙂

U.S. and England Tie, 1-1, in #WorldCup Opener

Posted in donnette e davis on June 12, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

U.S. and England Tie, 1-1, in World Cup Opener

The United States team opened its World Cup play by pulling off an upset draw, tying England, 1-1, in the Group C opener for both teams. Both goals were scored in the first half, with Steven Gerrard of England scoring in the 4th minute and Clint Dempsey of the United States scoring in the 40th minute.

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USA draws 1-1 with England in #Worldcup opener

Posted in donnette e davis on June 12, 2010 by Donnette E Davis
Clint Dempsey scored on a blunder by goalkeeper Robert Green in the 40th minute, and the United States came from behind to tie England 1-1 in the Americans’ World Cup opener Saturday

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