31 MARCH 2008 - MEDIA ALERT
Event: Official launch of the CD - ‘I Am Woman’
Date: Tuesday 8 April 2008
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: State Parliament of Victoria
VIP’s: Rob Hudson MP
Paul Stewart (brother of Tony Stewart - one of the Balibo Five killed by Indonesian troops in 1975).
Why: To raise vital emergency funds to help improve healthcare for the women and children of Timor-Leste
Campaign Conclusion: 12 May 2008 (following Mothers Day)
Download the Music: http://idisk.mac.com/gooa-Public?view=web (For your purposes only - not to be promoted)
‘I AM WOMAN’ – MUSIC TO HELP HEAL THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF TIMOR-LESTE
On Tuesday 8 April, ‘I Am Woman’, a CD produced to help heal women and children of Timor-Lest will be officially launched at the State Parliament of Victoria by Rob Hudson MP, Chair of the Balibo House Trust and Paul Stewart, (brother of Tony Stewart - one of the Balibo Five killed by Indonesian troops in 1975).
"The deaths of Timorese women and their children from preventable diseases is unacceptably high,” said Rob Hudson.
"The sales of this CD will help improve the life expectancy of women and their babies," he said.
The vital funds raised will contribute toward improving women and child health at the Bairo Pite Clinic, a respected medical community clinic that sees more than 300 patients per day in Dili, Timor-Leste - the world’s newest nation.
The new CD called ``HAU ABUT'' (I am Woman) which was produced by Paul Stewart, is the latest music compilation created by the Dili Allstars to raise awareness of the plight of Timorese women and children and contribute much needed funds toward improving their health.
Long-time activist and supporter of Timor-Leste, Stewart said, “my blood is in the soil along with that of thousands of East Timorese. Since meeting Timorese musician Gil Santos (who lost his father on the same day that I lost my brother), I have been inspired to walk side-by-side with the people of the former Portuguese colony in their struggle for liberation and independence.”
With a strong social conscience and having used music to highlight the problems faced by the Timorese to push for international justice on their behalf, the Dili Allstars are a testament that music can influence the struggles of oppressed peoples and bring hope to a poor nation torn apart by war and violence.
According to the Timor-Leste 2006 Health Statistics Report, life expectancy at birth for women was 60.5 years with the infant mortality rate (IMR) at 88 per 1,000 live births. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has been considered to be one of the greatest problems in the country and estimated to be as high as 660 per 100,000 live births.
Poor reproductive health is a major cause of maternal mortality with the most common causes of infant mortality being: infectious disease, low utilisation of skilled assistance for antenatal and poor reproductive health, with the Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) reported in 2004 as 130 per 1,000 live births.
In continuing their mission to help the people of Timor-Leste, Stewart and the Dili Allstars (led by Gil Santos) aim to raise more than $10,000 that will be vital to improving healthcare outcomes for women and children in the under-resourced Bairo Pite Clinic.
“I have a lifelong involvement with the people of Timor-Leste and hope that Australians will embrace this latest compilation of music to help improve the healthcare and conditions for Timorese women and children,” said Stewart.
Christine Carberry, Financial & Systems Manager AFAP paid tribute to Stewart and all involved in creating this unique fundraising initiative saying, ‘it is only through the generosity and support of people like Paul Stewart and the Dili Allstars that enables the Clinic to continue to provide essential healthcare services for the people of Timor-Leste.’
‘I Am Woman’ features The Dili Allstars, with guest female singers Mary Ellen Sassman and Fatimah Almeida performing a version of the Helen Reddy classic ‘I am Woman' in Tetum, with songs from Vika and Linda Bull, Rebecca Barnard, Lizzie Cavanagh, Lisa Miller, Laura Santoni-Wing, The Briscoe Sisters, The Thursday Night Ballarat Women’s Choir, Monique Brumby, Kerri Ann Cox, Kerri Simpson, Cyndi Boste, Kavisha Mazzella, Avina, Black Velvet and The Sparnets.
This Mothers Day, you can give a special gift to your mother while at the same time help the mothers and children in Timor-Leste to live healthier, longer lives.
To order a special limited edition CD for $25 (each), or to make a donation to help the women and children of Timor-Leste, please contact The Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Ltd (AFAP) – (02) 9906 3792 or online via the AFAP website at: www.afap.org
To arrange an interview with Rob Hudson MP please contact: (03) 9557 6661
For further information or arrange an interview with Paul Stewart please contact:
Clare Collins - Insight Communications - 0414 821 957
Statistics in this release are the latest available and sourced from The World Health Organisation website at: http://www.who.int/countries/tls/en/
terça-feira, abril 01, 2008
31 MARCH 2008 - MEDIA ALERT
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 20:31
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "