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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This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

As the 7th of October 2013 closed her eyes and suddenly became the 8th of October, Be Kind To Animals Week 2013 was no more. However our final story for this amazing week comes to you a little late due to our unscheduled rescue of 1,008 hens.  We trust you will understand their rescue took priority and we thank our incredible Paula May Broadstock for yet another of her heartfelt offerings.

This is a story that needs to be told. This is a story that needs to be heard.

The saddest stories are always the hardest to tell. As I write, they are the ones during which, my fingers intermittently freeze over the keyboard unsure of exactly how, or if, to continue tapping away, telling the tragic tale many would prefer not to hear. And although thoughts, emotions and ideas all jostle for position, at the very same time my mind also clouds over and time after time I find myself coming up blank as I struggle to find the silver lining and the uplifting message within a situation that threatens to break my heart. However, as difficult as it may be, I carry on, knowing that sometimes the saddest of stories are the ones that need to be heard the most. Continue reading

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World Animal Day Evening Of Kindness

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World Animal Day is on Friday 4 October 2013!

As the Australian Ambassador for World Animal Day, I wish to remind everyone of this very important date.  With social justice very much at the forefront of compassionate thinking, now more than ever, it is time for us to recognise that our next step toward a fair and just world is the realisation that our current treatment of animals simply does not stand up to community expectations.

As people worldwide unite on this special day in honour of all animals, we here at Edgar’s Mission have traditionally celebrated with our enormously popular World Animal Day event and open day here at the sanctuary.  Sadly however, due to restrictions placed upon us by the Mitchell Shire Council, we are no longer able to host such days at the farm.  But we cannot let this landmark and popular day pass without a proper, Edgar’s Mission-style celebration. Soooooooooooooooooo, this year we will be taking our World Animal Day celebrations into the heart of Melbourne.  Federation Square Terrace will come alive on Friday October 4th as we invite each and every one of you to come on down in honour of the animals between 11.00am and 6.00pm. Join us as we partake in some delicious cruelty free fare, enjoy browsing the many  information stalls or pick up some cool Edgar’s Mission merchandise.  And best of all, it is free to attend!! Continue reading

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Edgar’s Mission on Bondi Vet

Did you see Edgar’s Mission on Bondi Vet? If you missed it you can watch it online here! (Episode 11)

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Making it right

Cows, kids and kindness proved just the right mix on Sunday at Edgar’s Mission when all three merged together for Kids Day Out 2012.  Held this year in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Roots and Shoots Program, around 35 excited young people searched for birds’ nests, woodworm carvings and snake skins as part of the nature trail.  While the farm tour gave the youngsters the opportunity to get up close and personal with pigs, goats, chickens and the farm favorites, Bambi and Gemima Deer.  The turkeys too were a huge hit as they showed a side of turkeys few people rarely get to see.

“Wow, I never knew turkeys were so friendly and inquisitive” said one newly devoted turkey fan.

“It’s just wonderful seeing the enthusiasm all the children had for wanting to find ways to make a positive difference in the world” said Edgar’s Mission founder, Pam Ahern.  “Fostering their innate awe and interest in the natural world have so many positives in encouraging young people to think deeply about the impact they are having on our world.  They will after all be the decision makers of tomorrow”

Alicia Kennedy, of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, spoke of their exciting upcoming “Live the change challenge” starting May 16, where every day for 21 days participants are asked to commit to 3 simple actions each day.  Ranging from bringing your own coffee cup, planting a tree, turning the lights out while you watch television (or even not watching television) or writing to a politician; individuals pledge to find ways to make the world a better place.  For more information please click here.

And what would a day out at Edgar’s Mission be without tricks from the pigs? The inimitable Polly carried more than the flag as she not only fetched her toys from her toy box but put away when finished.  Now only if we can teach the kids to do the same!

For the full photo album please click here.

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