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Hello everyone!

 

We're soon to gain possession of a few boxes of MakePovertyHistory white armbands. We're going to be giving them away to people in Vancouver but also to the NF'ers.

 

The thing is you'll have to pay for your own shipping if you want to do so.

 

Note: We'll need atleast 20 confirmed orders before we can ship them.

 

Here's the lowdown, it's $2.00 to ship to anywhere in Canada. For shipping to the US or anywhere else you'll have to contact me. Add an aditional 50cents per armband if you want more.

 

All the money goes towards the armbands, envelops, and stamps.

 

If you're interested feel free to ask questions. We'll also be sending you 200NF$ with each order, 50NF$ for every additional armband.

 

eta: http://www.nearfantastica.com/mph

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Only in white...

 

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The shipping may possibly be lowered if we get more confirmed orders.

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I'd likely get one. How much do they cost, or are they free except shipping?

Also, how would the shipping charge work? I don't have a credit card, would i mail you money or something?

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Credit card not needed. Mailing would work.

 

The cost of the envelope and the stamps is whats upping the cost. The cost could down if we get a lot of orders but right now we're aiming for a discount through order sizes.

 

All money is going towards the shipping/armbands.

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i bet we could cure aids if we mailed out enough wristbands

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Plase don't post if you don't really want one Sat.

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Hahaha. What is their purpose exactly? Just to show support, or is it a charity thing too?

Either way, if you get enough orders to justify mailing them out, you can put me down for one.

I don't even know why, i probably won't wear it.

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im just debating whether to get one for pre-emptive trend purposes. those livestrong ones are pretty trendy.. i could probably make a handsome profit.

 

for charity.

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It's a show of support. They're trying to lobby world governments to up aid sent to third world countries, cancel debts, and get fair trade.

 

PLATFORM

 

At the start of the 21st century 1.2 billion people live in abject poverty, most of them women. More than 800 million people go to bed hungry and 50,000 people die every day from poverty-related causes. It doesn’t have to be this way. If we choose—if we have the will to act—we can make poverty history.

 

Poverty is a violation of human rights on a massive scale. Nearly five years ago, all members of the United Nations committed to “spare no effort” in tackling poverty by adopting the Millennium Declaration. Governments also launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to meet minimum targets to reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy, discrimination against women, and environmental degradation by 2015.

 

But the pace of action is too slow. If we hold the present course, we will fail to meet these targets. And the poor will pay the price.

 

The Asian tsunami showed that Canadians, including the Canadian government, care deeply and react generously when the world is faced with humanitarian disasters. But short-term relief is not enough. We need a shift in national and international policies to eliminate poverty.

 

It’s time for real action. In 2005, campaigns to end poverty have been launched world wide. If everyone who wants to end poverty speaks at the same time, world leaders will be forced to listen.

 

Canada’s campaign to end poverty, Make Poverty History, calls for urgent and meaningful policy change. Here’s what we want in 14 words: More and Better Aid. Trade Justice. Cancel the Debt. End Child Poverty in Canada.

 

 

1. MORE AND BETTER AID

 

Aid is a resource held in trust for people living in poverty. We must not break this trust. But we must do more than simply maintain or even increase our aid—we must also make aid more effective.

 

More and better aid is needed to help end extreme poverty and hunger … to enable every child to attend elementary school… to reduce child mortality rates … to improve maternal health…to create decent jobs… and to begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

 

Canada can take action:

- Reach the UN target of 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015 by committing to a timetable to increase aid by 12% in each of the next 3 years and by 15% thereafter.

- Enact legislation to make “ending poverty” the exclusive goal of Canadian foreign aid in a way consistent with our human rights’ obligations.

 

 

2. TRADE JUSTICE

 

Currently, international trade is neither free nor fair. Trade rules allow rich countries to pay large subsidies to a small number of companies to export food. These policies encourage over-production, destroy the livelihoods of millions of poor farmers in developing countries and hurt the environment.

We need trade justice so poor countries can protect small farmers and staple crops … so governments can access affordable medicine and maintain public services… and so trade rules support, rather than undermine, human rights and environmental protection.

Canada can take action in international trade agreements:

- Press for trade and investment rules that ensure governments and their citizens can choose the best solutions to end poverty and protect the environment.

- Support measures that boost farmers’ power in the marketplace and that bring an end to the dumping of goods, which damages the livelihoods of poor rural communities.

 

 

3. DEBT CANCELLATION

 

High interest rates and penalties mean that the poorest countries spend more on repaying debts to the richest countries than they receive in aid. Between 1970 and 2002, for example, the poorest African countries received $294 billion in loans, paid back $298 billion in interest and principal, but still owed more than $200 billion.

 

We must cancel all debts to the poorest countries to stop this treadmill. When poor governments no longer need to repay debt, they can spend more on what really matters: food, clean water, housing, health care, jobs, education, and building their economies.

 

Canada can take action at World Bank and International Monetary Fund:

- Promote the immediate and unconditional cancellation of 100% of the multilateral and bilateral debt owed by the poorest countries.

- Ensure that debt cancellation has no strings attached, enabling developing countries to implement their own national plans to end poverty.

 

 

4. END TO CHILD POVERTY IN CANADA

 

In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously resolved to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000. At the start of 2005, one million Canadian children, or nearly one in six, are still poor. Aboriginal people are disproportionately affected.

 

We must end child poverty in Canada. We must make key investments in social development that will make a difference: More money for low-income families. Affordable housing and the creation of decent jobs, with a higher minimum wage. And universal, affordable early learning and child care.

 

Canada can take action:

- Raise the annual Canada Child Tax Benefit (or equivalent benefit) to $4,900 per child and ensure all low-income children receive full benefit of this program.

- Involve groups where poverty is predominant, such as Aboriginal People, women, minorities and youth in the design and implementation of a domestic poverty reduction strategy.

 

eta: Saturnine, I'm not making anything out of this. The mailing envelopes cost a bit since the bracelets won't fit in regular envelopes. The stamps too cost a bit. If there's anything left over after the first batch then I'll use that money to get more armbands or donate that to Amnesty.

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Entire delivery. If you want more it's $0.50 per additional.

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Cool. That'll help us reach the deposit a bit faster ;).

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Yeah you can mark me down for one of these... the internet provides me with so much inane crap... at least this is only two bucks.

 

Peace

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ahhh too bad it's only in white..

oh well i do have markers..

put me down for an "absolutely for sure" customer..

 

also, a quick question,

how did you get an order to get these wristbands?

Edited by NationofCool

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the artist formerly known as insober will go for one.

 

where/when do i send the money?

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I'll take one Crusader...

Let me know how I should pay for it...

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Crusader, i'm interested. However, do any of the proceeds of these bands go to any charities etc.? Or is the point of these bands just to spread awareness?

 

Also, are these things wristbands? Can i wear them comfortably around the wrist?

 

Also, why are you selling them? Is there a cheaper way to order them (ie: more proceeds going to chairity than to shipping etc.), or are these bands a U.K. thing so thats why you got a hold of them for us?

 

These charity bands seem like the trendy thing to do right now, as i've seen a few other causes sell bands. I even ordered a Chicago Cubs blue wristband (for charity) about a month ago.

Edited by Moonlight_Graham

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NationofCool, I contacted the MPH office in Canada and asked.

 

Moonlight_Graham, I'm not sure if any of the proceeds are going to any charities, I believe they are mainly to spread awareness. Also, I'm giving them away to people in Vancouver

 

>>Also, why are you selling them? Is there a cheaper way to order them

>>ie: more proceeds going to chairity than to shipping etc.), or are

>>these bands a U.K. thing so thats why you got a hold of them for us?

 

I'm not selling them, you're only paying for shipping, right now I'm planning on giving them out to people in Vancouver.

 

As for the feel of them, they're silicone wristbands, you're likely to forget you're even wearing it.

 

If you want to get one from the MPH people you can get them here: http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/getaband.html but I believe that's all from the UK and in euros.

 

11 so far from NF.

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I'd like one, just emial or PM with any details I will need to be aware of for payment, shipment and whatnot.

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I'll contact everyone with the exact details when we have enough orders.

 

Thanks.

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