Do you want your students to build on their empathy and critical thinking skills? A trip to Edgar’s Mission will do just that, with a side of fun. The thought-provoking journey teaches young minds the importance of compassion, responsibility and respect, and a trip to the sanctuary will give students the opportunity to learn about and meet some of our resident animals. Continue reading
Edgar’s Mission rockin’ Your DNA Creative Arts program – ‘Animal Lovers’ in Ringwood yesterday. These guys and gals were awesome!!
If you would like Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, to deliver a thought provoking presentation to your workplace, school or community group, please email [email protected] or phone 0408 397 301. We are based in Lancefield, Central Victoria.
Thursday August 18, saw twenty plus intrepid students from the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor trek north up the Calder Highway to Edgar’s Mission. What followed was a thought provoking day filled with questions, kindness and animal hugs. What more could an inquiring mind want! If you too would love an excursion to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary please contact [email protected] to arrange a visit.
Bumping into BUPA Kyneton last Tuesday were a cheeky little goat named Steady Eddie and a woolly sheep named Timmy. Tagging along for good measure were their human folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield.
While the affable Eddie was more interested in checking out people’s shoes and anything else remotely edible, the anything but sheepish Timmy enjoyed a good old back scratch. There could be no doubt that the happy faces, busy hands and lively discussions, all provoked by the animals, confirmed what our hearts know – animals unite us, they calm us and make us feel good. And as Eddie and Timmy so poignantly confirmed, this is a two-way street. It goes to show that regardless of age or species we all welcome, need and cherish kindness.
Oh and a special and heart-warming note, check out the lady in the pink sweater and her friend in the turquoise twin set. These two, with their special friendship stole our hearts.
Bringing together two of the most vulnerable groups in our society; the elderly and animals, has so many benefits for both as was seen last Tuesday when ‘the cuteness overload’ kid goats, Marigold, and Daisy, ‘the getting steadier by the day’ Eddie and ‘the inimitable and affable’ Timmy Sheep, made their way (aided by the human contingent of Edgar’s Mission) to Vasey House Aged Care in Bundoora.
Watching smiles erupt and fingers come to life, as animals were stroked and kind hearts stoked, these are special moments in life. Indeed animals and the elderly have so much in common; both are often forgotten, considered too much trouble or have their emotional needs denied as they become mute witnesses to human indifference. But thankfully it is not always this way; change is afoot as the events of this day remind us that what the world needs right now is that little bit more kindness. And each and every one of us can contribute to that goal.
“Profit should never come at the cost of our ethics.” – Pam Ahern
A huge shout out of thanks and praise to the organisers of Saturday’s Ban Live Export Rally in Geelong. It was an honour to march with so many honourable people who stand on the right side of history. Please ensure our politicians do so also, please call them today and demand an end to live export. Not sure who your Federal Member is? Click here to find out.
Read more about the rally in the Geelong Advertiser. Continue reading
The greatest tool for changing the world is oneself—that was the important lesson delivered to 72 bright and inquisitive fourth graders recently at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, Lancefield. Harking from the Carlsruhe Campus of the Woodend Primary School, students enjoyed a lively day of presentations and farm tours, meeting animals and learning how to be change-makers in the world.
Spending a delightful afternoon with the ladies of the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges VIEW Club on Friday April 15th was EM Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. A huge shout out of thanks to the lovely Rae Waters for arranging Pam as the guest speaker. Continue reading
Edgar’s Mission rocked the year 7 students at The Peninsula School, Mt Eliza today. Many thanks for your awesome listening, critical thinking and intelligent questions.
If you too would like a presentation from Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern and our humane education team at your school, sporting or community group or workplace, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Pam on 0408 397 301 or email us.
Last Wednesday year nine students from Mornington Secondary College set off for Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield. What lay ahead was a fun and thought provoking adventure where students learned that sheep love wheetbix, cows are cool, pigs are smart and chickens really can count! Critical thinking was encouraged as a presentation on social justice challenged many popular thoughts, leaving the students empowered that one person really can make a difference.
If you would like to arrange an excursion to Edgar’s Mission by your school, work place or community group, we’d love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] for more details
Last Saturday, February 20th, was World Day of Social Justice. It was also the day that committed citizens gathered in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, championing justice for pigs. Melbourne Pig Save rallies commenced in 2012 with the stated aim of informing the public about the plight of pigs in our food production system. And they have grown from strength to strength as more and more people are choosing to stand on the right side of history. If you missed Edgar’s Mission, Founder and Director, Pam Ahern’s speech at Saturday’s rally you can catch it here.
Expressing their sincere thanks to the Marketing and Retail Customers business unit of AGL for their kind donation of $1,400, Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern and her fearless best buddy, Red Baron, delivered a thought provoking presentation on how Edgar’s Mission came to be. Weaving tales of kindness, heartache, personal sacrifice and joy, Pam moved many to see farmed animals beyond the veil of traditional beliefs, leaving her audience to consider this very important, life-defining question, “if we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”
If you would like Pam (and Red Baron if his dance card is free) to present to your workplace, sporting or community group, or school please email us. Continue reading
Recently the Edgar’s Mission humane education team met with the year 5 & 6 students of Ringwood North Primary School. After a thought provoking presentation and lots and lots of amazing and well-considered questions some of the students got to meet the animals and we do not know who got the most joy. What do you think?
Creating more thoughtful, kind and caring citizens is one of the greatest goals our education system can work towards. And recognising these noble traits is Kalinda Primary School in Ringwood, where recently the prep students donned their kindness caps and raised funds for one of their favourite animal charities, Edgar’s Mission. But not wishing to leave it there, the students set to work collecting Weet-Bix treats to hand over when they received a visit from Edgar’s Mission staffers and ambassador animals.
“We were deeply touched to learn the students had thoroughly researched the sanctuary,” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, after their visit. “Their well-considered questions about many of our residents showed they really had done their homework. But what was equally impressive was the genuine interest and care they showed for animals. I truly believe one of the best ways our society can teach the decision-makers of tomorrow empathy, kindness and patience is through positive interactions with animals.” Continue reading
Last weekend the Edgar’s Mission outreach team was represented in three states of Australia! In New South Wales the Kindness Van rocked on into the Flourish Festival at the Charles Sturt University in Albury, where Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, delivered two thought provoking presentations. In Western Australia, Operations and Communication Manager, Kyle Behrend flew the flag of kindness at WA’s Cruelty Free Festival. On Sunday, in our home state of Victoria, Edgar’s Mission Outreach Coordinator Extraordinaire, Helen Szabo spread a little Edgar’s Mission kindness at the World Event to End Animal Cruelty at Ceres Environment Park.
Each year the Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy) invites guest speakers from the environmental and social justice movements along to share with the soon to teachers their life experiences on their road to activism. Once again Edgar’s Mission was delighted to be a part of this great initiative as Founder and Director, Pam Ahern retold of her motivations, challenges and joys.
The sun shone, the guitar was strummed and the residents patiently waited. Tuesday was an extra special day at Kilmore’s Dianella and Caladenia Nursing Hostels as the lawn was quickly alive with the sounds of “baaing” and “bleating” as the good folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary trotted into town. No strangers to Dianella and Caladenia staff is Edgar’s Mission, as their past sojourns have never failed to create lively chatter and revive old memories as their animal ambassadors weave their inimitable charm. Today it was the handsome and affable wether Timmy Sheep accompanied by several of his young understudies, Spock and Pee Wee, kid goats and Arabesque Lamb, who held centre stage. Continue reading
If you are a kid what could be more fun than meeting other kids on your school holidays! That’s just what happened on Tuesday 29th of September when the kids from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary met the kids from the Beveridge Primary School Holiday Program. Teaching lessons of kindness for all animals were tiny Pee Wee and Spock, two adorable kid goats. Pint sized Pee Wee’s tale of rescue from the side of the road whilst a gentlemen answered the call of nature brought lots of laugh and giggles from those assembled while little Spock’s tale of bleating out “beam me up Scotty” as he frantically ran around an empty football oval showed that animal kids too hate being lost. And the common theme? All animals, human and non-human, want, need and recognise kindness of course! Continue reading
Thought provoking, heartbreakingly real, challenging and honest, were some of the words to describe Pam Ahern’s presentation to the year nine students of Kobe Catholic College in Greenvale Lakes.
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
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.
Life is indeed a melting pot of people, places and animals. Add in a touch of kindness and magic happens, just ask those present at Karingal Elderly Citizen’s Hostel recently when the good folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary came to town. Accompanied by a friendly sheep, a cheeky goat and an affable rooster, residents we able to get up close and personal, sinking craggy hands into fur, feathers and fleece, old memories were revived and conversations commenced. While it was Timmy the sheep who charmed everyone with his calm persona, little Miss-Chief decided everything was edible and Lorenzo Rooster truly amazed with his devilishly handsome good looks and friendly nature. Animals have long held a fascination for humans for so many reasons. Their non-judgmental ways make their company appealing but it is in their ability to communicate beyond words that is truly enchanting.
And animals have been shown to have so many positive benefits for human health; lowering blood pressure, heart rates and stress chemical and they make us feel good!!
The importance of kindness was the theme of the day last week at St Claire’s Primary School in Thomastown, as the good folk from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary had come to town. Fifth and sixth graders were treated to lively and thought-provoking presentations by the not for profit sanctuary’s Humane Education officers, Pam Ahern and Meg Strieff. If their presentation proved popular, it had to be said that the classroom walk through by Timmy Sheep was the real crowd favourite. Surprising many with his cool, calm and collected manner, Timmy won many new adoring fans. Continue reading
‘Crack the Code with Maths’ was the theme for the 71st Education Week in Victorian schools. Once again a proud participant of this great initiative was Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield, Victoria. Visiting the Seymour College last Thursday, 120 grade 5 & 6 students were invited to meet animal ambassadors Timmy Sheep and Little Miss Sunshine Hen and ‘run the numbers’. Comparing the environmental impacts of a plant based diet versus animal based diet proved thought provoking for many.
Critical thinking has always been the hallmark of Edgar’s Mission’s humane education program, ‘Joining the dots,’ and recently the Year 8 students of St Monica’s College in Epping engaged in this thought-provoking presentation.
From the outset of her presentation, Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern is adamant that students are not to blindly believe everything she says. Rather, critical thinking is encouraged, where compassion, kindness and justice are the golden rules.
On learning about the current treatment of roosters in the egg laying industry (whereby they are killed at only a day old because they are the wrong gender and will never lay eggs), one child remarked, “If this is so awful, why is it legal?”. As Pam explained, many people would make different choices in their life if they were provided with full disclosure of how animals are treated. “Most people want to be kind to animals, humans and the planet,” Pam explained, “but sadly our current animal protection laws make legal many practices that do not meet with community standards or expectations.” The aim of ‘Joining the dots’ is to provide students with the tools to make informed choices in their lives. Continue reading
Well, it’s not exactly work that Little Miss Sunshine gets up to, rather a whole lot of strutting, showing off and just being her gorgeous self, all in the name of creating change for her kind. And Monday May 4th was no different as Little Miss Sunshine and her human friends took to Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall to cluck, squawk and crow about a kinder world for chickens. Many city commuters were delighted during their lunch hour to see a giant yellow chicken wishing them a, “Happy International Respect for Chickens Day,” but it was the beaming smiles and heart-warming, “Oohs” and “Ahs” when they spotted a darling little rescued battery hen gazing back at them that truly made the day a success. Little Miss Sunshine won hearts aplenty as she accepted lovingly doled out scratches under her chin and lapped up the words, “She’s so beautiful,” and, “I had no idea chickens were so wonderful,” from her many admirers. As if that wasn’t enough, this plucky little hen then took to the airwaves, dashing into the 3AW studio when she heard her name called to cause listeners to question what the term ‘Bird Brain’ really means. As Little Miss Sunshine carried out her repertoire of tricks, many in the studio were astounded by the ability of this little hen who had once been seen as no more than a production unit and who had lived in less space than an A4 sheet of paper for almost 18 months.
And the purpose of the day? “On this International Respect for Chickens Day, we are asking people to take a moment to stop and think about chickens,” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. “The daily choices that we each make determine how they will live, yet so few of us will ever even meet a chicken.” And as all those who have met Little Miss Sunshine can vouch, once you have met a gal like this, you will be forever changed.
Take a moment to sit back and enjoy some of our favourite photos from Little Miss Sunshine’s International Respect for Chickens Day campaign. It’s ‘all in a day’s work’ and until our world is a kinder one for dear creatures like her, our work is never done. Continue reading
Last Saturday saw the Edgar’s Mission crew hit the Lancefield Farmers Market. Ably assisted by Timmy, our task of championing the cause of farmed animals was made so much easier. Curiously watching passersby, obligingly posing for photographs and being the recipient of many back scratches, Timmy amicably showed that when it comes to having an emotional world sheep are right up there with the best of them. A well-earned wheetbix or two capped off a wonderful day for Timmy as he remarked the day was not baaaa-d at all! Continue reading
For over one hundred years, Girl Guides have provided women and girls with amazing opportunities for growth and personal development. Encouraging confidence, self-reliance and leadership skills individuals are inspired to be the best they can be. Recently a perky pig named Polly trotted on into the Lancefield chapter encouraging one and all to include kindness for all animals in their charter. Just a stone’s throw away from the venue is Polly’s, home, Edgar’s Mission, a not for profit haven for rescued farmed animals. Edgar’s Mission too shares the vision of a better, brighter world for all and reminds us that the choices we make in this world contribute to this noble goal.
If you would like Pam and Polly to make a presentation to your Guide or Scouting group, please contact Pam for availability [email protected]
To the kind lady who just approached me in the supermarket carpark of Aldi in Seymour and handed me $20.00 for the animals, here’s the spoils. Thank you so much for your kindness, I really appreciate it on this hot day. I hope the rest of your day it awesome, because you are!!