An Evening of Kindness

Evening of Kindness

When Pam took to the stage at our event on Friday evening, she spoke of changing attitudes and reasons for hope. Her reflective words spoke to the hearts of our guests; people who believe in a kinder world for all our animal friends. Her sentiments, that the intrinsic value of animals will one day soon be recognised as the norm rather than the exception, were echoed by all our speakers for the night. Continue reading

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Some Enchanted Evening at Some Enchanted Sanctuary (Update: Sold Out!)

Foundation Day

Come help us celebrate 13 magical years, where we will reminisce over the past, delve into our future and thank those who have made and continue to make it all possible. 

On Saturday the 14th of May we’ll throw open the farm gates at 2.00pm and wind them in around 6.00pm. As the late-Autumn sun sets to the sounds of life on the farm at Edgar’s Mission, we’ll experience the sensory delight of a five-course vegan degustation in good company. We sincerely hope you will be there.

Please note Foundation Day 2016 is now completely sold out! Please sign up to our email supporter list to be the first to find out about future events. 

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World Animal Day 2015

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As World Animal Day 2015 slowly comes to a close in Australia and we prepare to shut the barn doors for the night we reflect on just what a magical day it has been.  Our very first World Animal Day at our new home saw over 1,000 people flock to celebrate our animal friends in all their glorious feathered, furred, finned and scaled forms.  We cannot thank those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our event both magical and memorable.  To our amazing staff, volunteers and supporters, your efforts were appreciated beyond words and to all those who came along, we cannot tell you what your happy, smiling faces meant to us and your belief in work is something we will never take lightly.  You all truly stand on the right side of history.  Once again our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who supported and patronised World Animal Day 2015 @ Edgar’s Mission, you guys rock!

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World Animal Day Event Sold Out

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In less than a week we’ll be opening our gates for World Animal Day, on Sunday the 4th of October. This will be our first big event at the new location and we just can’t wait to share this magical sanctuary with you – a place where kindness knows no bounds.
Because of our amazing supporters, Edgar’s Mission has been growing ever bigger and our messages of compassion now reach ever further around the globe. While we are humbled and thankful for all our supporters help us achieve, council restrictions have limited attendee numbers and moved us to introduce tickets for World Animal Day.

When tickets went on sale we were overwhelmed by the response and they practically flew out the door. We are now at full capacity for the day, so unfortunately there will be no tickets sold at the gate. Please note there is no waiting list.

Please don’t forget to bring your tickets with you on the day (printed out or on your phone), tickets must be presented for entry. If you don’t already have tickets in your hot little hands, please don’t put us in the difficult position of turning people away at the gate, there is no way we can disregard council rules.

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Loveable little lamb in Lancefield

Lancefield Farmers Market August 

With a hint of spring in the air a loveable little lamb named Arabesque held centre stage at the Lancefield Farmers Market on the weekend.  Gamboling in from just down the road at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary the wee one melted many hearts and won many new adoring fans.  “We just love coming to our local farmers market to spread our message of kindness for all animals” said sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern.  “Arabesque only arrived at our sanctuary a couple of days ago but has quickly taken to the role of lambassador with great aplomb”.  Continue reading

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Perfect Pigs Pre-Launch

Perfect Pigs Pre Launch

It’s no surprise we had a wonderful time last night. How great it was to mingle with people who mean so much to us, and to hear how much we mean to them. Day in and day out we go about one task and then the next, the work is often hard not so glamourous. This is especially true around winter time. The kind gestures and words of encouragement from people who believe in our work keep our hearts warm and give us strength for another day.

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Kind Critter Conference May 2015

Kind Critter Care

As our farm gates closed after the last visitor had left, the second Kind Critter Care Conference came to an end.  Notes were taken, presentations delivered, hearts were moved and souls were searched.  “There is so much more to running a sanctuary for rescued farmed animals than simply putting up a shingle on a gate,” Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern explained.  Many important aspects involved in setting up and running an animal sanctuary were covered, including catering for the needs of farmed animals along with their care and maintenance, farm layout and animal housing, as well as thought-provoking presentations such as how best to help animals (which may not directly involving running a sanctuary) and dealing with burnout. These thoughtful topics and more saw the participants, many of whom who had flown in from around Australia, offer a resounding ‘hooves up’ declaring the conference ‘inspiring’, ‘hugely informative’, ‘insightful’ and ‘intensive yet balanced’.  And the food, it was awesome! (Of course no animals were harmed in its preparation.)

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A huge shout out of thanks to all those; who took part in, assisted with or presented at, our first ever Kind Critter Conferences (both our March and May events).  Such was the interest in this landmark event we plan on making it an annual occurrence, please keep an eye on our website and facebook page for details of the 2016 event in March. Continue reading

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Millions Paws, four trotters and two wings walk!!

Million Paws Walk

What a glorious day it was today, changing hearts and minds about farm animals.  Polly wowed the crowd with her own inimitable charm, amazing one and all with her repertoire of tricks and Little Miss Sunshine just rewrote the book on what it means to be a called a ‘bird brain’!!  No doubt many people walked away with a new found belief that regardless of the shape an animals is, they all need, deserve and relish our compassion and kindness, oh and Polly rocks.

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Foundation Day 2014

Foundation Day

What happens when you roll an Anniversary celebration, a Kindness Challenge, a Raising the Roof and a Farm Appeal thank you as well as a major announcement all into one?  A hell of a great night that’s what!  And that is just what we did last Saturday night at the Melbourne Bowls Club.  Once again our heartfelt thank you to all those who participated in our Kindness Challenge, donated to our Raising the Roof Appeal and gave to our Farm Appeal fundraiser.  Because of our kindness Edgar’s Mission will shortly be relocating to our new home in the delightful and picturesque town of, drum roll please, Lancefield, Victoria.

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A time to be kind

In our youth obsessed material world, oft times the forgotten ones are the more senior members of our community.  But thankfully there are many who argue that age should be no barrier to our compassion, the good fold at Karingal Aged Care in Seymour being in their number.  And last Thursday saw their Christmas Festivities kick off; amidst the mirth, merriment and music, happy farm animals mingled.  “These occasions are just so important to all of us here at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary” said the Founder & Director of this not for profit group, Pam Ahern.  “Farm animals, like the elderly often fall off the radar of many, yet both welcome the caress of human kindness, respond to cheery faces and enjoy mental stimulation.  You only have to look at the happy faces of both the residents and the animals here today to know that our time has been well spent” Continue reading

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An Evening of Kindness

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Happy World Animal Day

To see pictures of World Animal Day and an Evening of Kindness please click here.

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Be Kind To Animals Week

Today marks the start of Be Kind To Animals Week! Now we all know that we should be kind to animals 365 days a year but what this week does is give us the opportunity to take time out of our busy lives and show the world we care.  Here’s how; upload the Be Kind To Animals Week logo as your Facebook profile picture for the week and do something special at your work place, in your community or within your family.  This may be something like volunteering at your local animal shelter, highlighting an animal welfare issue that is important to you or helping out a neighbour in need. (Remember we humans are also a part of the animal kingdom!)  So no matter where you are and no matter what you do, there’s no excuse to not make a positive difference in the life of an animal. For more ideas about things to do and for information about the events happening this week please visit the Be Kind To Animals Week website.

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World Animal Day Evening Of Kindness

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Charlotte’s Web

Today marks the birthdate of Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White.  White was born in 1899 and sadly passed away in 1986.  He was the author of several children’s books including one that is very close to our hearts here at Edgar’s Mission – Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte’s Web is the classic tale of loyalty, trust and sacrifice and cherished by children and the young at heart around the world.  Charlotte’s Web went on to become a successful movie created by Paramount Pictures and threw a life line to 46 factory farmed piglets and an amazing sow we came to know and love called Alice.

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Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Please come and support Edgar’s Mission at our Vegan Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings Craigieburn tomorrow from 8am to 4pm! A Huge thanks to Vegan Perfection for donating the sausages!!

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Polly Pig’s Kindness Challenge

UPDATE 11/05/2013

WOAH!! Thank you to everyone who took part in Poll Pig’s $10 Kindness Challenge! Together we raise $2960!! On behalf of all the rescued residents who will benefit from your kindness we thank you!

10/05/2013

On May 10th 2003 a tiny piglet came into the life of Pam Ahern, and she named him Edgar Alan Pig. This live changing event inspired Pam to quit her full time job and dedicate her life to the protection of farm animals like Edgar. 10 years on, and not only have thousands of rescued farmed animals been given a second chance at life but countless hearts and minds have been changed.

And today another pig trots by Pam’s side, Polly.  Filling Edgar’s formidable trotters is no mean feet, however Polly remains undaunted as she embarks on her $10 Kindness Challenge where she hopes to raise $1,000 in one day.

Please note you can donate more than $10.00, every penny will go towards making the world a kinder place for animals. Please donate today!

 

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Kindness Van Mk II

Introducing the Kindness Van Mk II.

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Will you be there?

All things grow with love….including Miss Marple and Edgar’s Mission!

If you think four months has made the world of difference to Miss Marple, just imagine what Edgar’s Mission has achieved in its first ten years of life saving and changing work.  On the 10th of May 2003, Edgar Alan Pig oinked at the first kindly human in his life, and lives were changed.  To commemorate this special occasion we will be holding our Foundation Day cocktail party at the Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, on Friday May 10th from 6.30pm-9.30pm and we cordially invite you to be a part of this very special evening.  Book early to avoid disappointment, no ticket sales at the door.

A delicious menu of vegan tapas and paella has been crafted by chef and foodie Allan Campion of Melbourne Food Experiences – and everyone’s favourite, Mr Nice Guy Bakery, will supply their scrumptious cupcakes for dessert!

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided for the first two hours followed by a cash bar.

Silent auctions will be run throughout the evening with a range of exciting items supplied by our generous sponsors.

Come along and celebrate Edgar’s Foundation Day with like-minded people, hear from Edgar’s Mission’s Founder Pam Ahern and contribute to the future of Edgar’s Mission!

Have you bought your ticket to Foundation Day 2013 yet? Tickets cost $65 and are selling fast so buy yours today.

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Edgar’s Mission Kindness Challenge 2013

Welcome to the official online launch of the Edgar’s Mission Kindness Challenge 2013!

Over the past few weeks, you’ll have heard us discuss the growing demands on Edgar’s Mission, with nearly 2,500 animals given a second chance at life in 2012. You may also be aware that our current farm is fast running out of space and will not be able to meet our future rescue, educational and awareness-raising needs.

So in 2013 we’re planning to secure a larger property, with facilities that better cater for the care we provide our animal residents and to allow us to offer even more animals not simply with a life, but with a life worth living.  And we are inviting our Edgar’s friends – old and new – to be a part of this journey with us.

We know that you want to make a real difference to the lives of animals, so we’re inviting you to take up the Kindness Challenge.

The Kindness Challenge was launched by our celebrity ambassadors Marieke Hardy, Megan Kennedy and Peter Siddle at our 10th Anniversary celebration on Saturday the 13th of April.  Please join them and the dozens of people who signed up on the day in taking up the challenge.

How do I get involved?

Make a pledge to raise $1,000, $500 or $5,000 for Edgar’s Mission to help us reach our target of $500,000 by 30th September 2013. In doing so, you will help create a new future for Edgar’s Mission and make a difference to the lives of many animals in need.

Each $1,000 raised will secure a safe and happy home for an Edgar’s Mission cow, 3 pigs, 4 goats, 6 sheep or 50 chickens.

$1000 might seem like a lot, but that’s why we’ve called it a Challenge!  Here are some ways that break it down into more achievable steps:

Do lots of little things that add up: for example, sign up as a monthly donor, ask people to sponsor a Best Buddy (one of our lovely animals) in your name for your birthday, keep a collection tin at work or host a dinner. There are loads more ideas on our website

In recognition of your amazing contribution, a Kindness Mural will be created at the new farm – and your name will be on it for the thousands of visitors to Edgar’s Mission each year to see.

You can get started right now by signing up today!

Thank you for being a part of the Edgar’s Mission journey.

Make Edgar’s your Mission in 2013.

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Speak up for Chickens

The ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission) is currently set to consider an application from the AECL (Australian Egg Corporation Limited) for a certification trademark that if approved would greatly water down the term ‘free range’ in relation to eggs.  Many consumers are prepared to pay more for ‘free range’ eggs in the belief they are paying for a better life for hens.  If approved the new standard would allow for egg producers to cram more hens into less space and still market the eggs as free range.  The eggs of up to 20,000 ‘free range’ hens per hectare could be marketed alongside the eggs of the ‘genuine’ free range egg producers who stock hens at a maximum of 1,500 hens hectare as per the Code Of Practice for the Welfare of Animals-Poultry – with nothing to distinguish the production systems.  Basically consumers wouldn’t know what ‘free range’ actually means to hens.

The ACCC is the body charged with protecting consumer interests and ensuring fair competition.   And now they want to hear from you!  We are advised that this consultation is not about animal welfare rather it is how this trademark if approved will impact on consumers making informed choices and whether producers will be disadvantaged by different stocking densities not being distinguished.

What does free range eggs mean to you?  Tell the ACCC now, you have until June 20, 2012.

The General Manager

Adjudication Branch

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

GPO Box 3131

Canberra, ACT 2601

email: [email protected]

Subject line; Certification Trademark Application No. 1390450/Australian Egg Corporation

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R.I.P Tommy

Monday May 30, 2011, is a day most Australian’s will never forget. It is the day images of unimaginable, yet no less real cruelty eked out in Indonesian slaughterhouses towards Australian animals burst forth from our TV screens. The ABC’s Four Corners screening of ‘A bloody business’, moved compassionate Australians like never before. No other issue in Australian history has witnessed such an outpouring of emotion. 12 months on and our voices have been heard but Australian animals destined for live export still need our support. We must remind our politicians that we will never forgot Tommy, Bill, Dudley, Brian and Arthur and that they did not die in vain.

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While Government suspension of the trade ensued it was followed by the resumption of live exports with attempts to placate concerns by an Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System(ESCAS). The industry was thrown a life line it did not deserve and has failed to live up to. Recent footage by Animals Australia has shown failures in this system. Enough is enough. Please take a moment to see what has been achieved and what you can still do to show you care, Animals Australia, the organisation who has worked tirelessly to expose this cruel trade have prepared a most informative and easy to use tool kit for action. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/live-export

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead

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Five school, five days, one message – be kind to animals!

Education week runs from 20-26 of May and once again Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary was proud to be invited to be a part of this innovative initiative. Celebrating the week with either an in school visit or on farm activity were students from Diamond Creek Primary School, Whittlesea Secondary College, Spensley St Primary School, Assumption College and Kingston Heath Primary School.

Polly Pig, star animal ambassador from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary trotted into school yards across the state accompanied by her human companions.  Students were treated to an informative and thought provoking session, learning about the work of this not for profit sanctuary and how culture, language and the media influence people’s attitude towards animals.

“Polly is always a hit wherever she goes” said Polly’s proud guardian and founder of Edgar’s Mission, Pam Ahern “and we believe that humane education is the key to a better world for all. This is achieved by empowering the decision makers of tomorrow with knowledge and sound reason while encouraging empathy, justice and compassion.”

Polly rounded out her school yard adventures rooting deeply into her repertoire of tricks that would leave most dogs wanting as she sat on command, offered a trotter shake, rolled out her carpet and fetched her toy from her toy box and even put it away when finished!  “Seeing pigs this way I am sure will cause many to never look at pigs the same way again” said Pam.

“Celebrating and embracing differences it what makes our society great.  We realise that regardless of gender, color of one’s skin, the religion one follows or even the foods one eats, we all are the same on the inside” told Pam “and coming to know farmed animals the way I have, I have come to realise that the shape these animals come in, the familiarity we have with them or the use we have of them is really no basis for treating them any differently than we do our domestic pets”

Education Week runs  from 20 – 26 of May and is a calendar of free events happening across Victoria.  It will see hundreds of government schools and kindergartens hold open days and other special events.  For further information about Education Week visit the official website at: www.education.vic.gov.au/educationweek

If you would like us to visit your school please click here.

 

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Feel the love this winter and get Vegucated!!

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Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary proudly presents a screening of the award winning documentary Vegucated along with the release of our loveable new Edgar’s Mission merchandise.

Vegucated is an award winning documentary that follows three meat eaters over a six week challenge to follow a strict vegan diet. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their conviction carry them when times get tough?

“Food is culture. Food is emotion. Food is one way that we communicate our values, priorities, and ideals. It comprises a large part of how we interact with each other, and if you rock that boat by being different, then get your fork ready; whether you’d like to or not, you’re about to get into a food fight.” Marisa Miller Wolfson, Vegucated Director

Gold coin donation at the door which includes finger food and refreshments.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A session with Mark Doneddu, President of Vegetarian Victoria.

Date:        Friday June 15th
Address:   Kindness House, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Time:        Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start

Please invite family members/friends and help get them Vegucated! Bring along a meat eating friend and you will go into the draw to win a brand new Edgar’s Mission merchandise pack including a t-shirt, bag and cap!

Vegucated FAQ’s

Bookings are essential as seats are limited to 100 – Please RSVP to [email protected]

Below is a sneak peak of some of our brand new merchandise available on the night.

A special thanks to Made by White for designing our funky new merchandise range!

Sheep and Pig Brooch hand made by Made by White

Edgar's Mission and Duck Brooch hand made by Made by White

Kindness Necklace and Chicken Brooch hand made by Made by White

Organic Edgar's Mission t-shirt with quote on back

Organic and fair-trade Edgar's Mission Bag

Organic and fair-trade Edgar's Mission Satchel

Edgar's Mission cap and sticker

 

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