Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Lord George Foulkes lights the Burma Christmas Tree

On Friday 7 December, Lord George Foulkes MSP, gave Forthview a christmas tree from the Forestry Commission because of our support for the Burmese people. It is a beautiful Scottish tree and we decorated it with saffron ribbons and white lights. It's the first time George, as he told us to call him, has ever switched christmas tree lights on but he was brilliant with the children. "Count down. 5 -4 -3 - 2 -1," he said and the tree lit up.

Then the P7s came (late!) and George said, "Let's do it again and from 7 this time." That got the wee ones' brains going! "7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1". It was another magic moment at Forthview and we all want to say a huge "THANK YOU GEORGE!"

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Mark Lazrowicz speaks in Parliamentary Debate on Burma


Mark is Forthview's MP at Westminster and he spoke in this excellent parliamentary debate on DFID Assistance to Burmese Internally Displaced People and Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border. The debate was on Thursday 6 December 07 and you can listen to it on this link for 28 days.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Don't Forget Burma

Visit http://www.dontforgetburma.org/ and record your own unique message to encourage the world so we DON'T FORGET BURMA. (More about our christmas tree for Burma in the next post). This photo was posted on the Don't Forget Burma website on 11 December 2007.

Saffron Ribbons at Australian Film Awards November 2007

The Australian film industry came out in force at the 2007 INSIDE FILM AWARDS to support Burma’s pro-democracy struggle, by wearing Saffron coloured ribbons.
Since August, Buddhist monks, who traditionally wore Saffron coloured robes, led peaceful protests against Burma’s brutal military regime.
Cathy Freeman donned a Saffron ribbon as did Best Actor winner Joel Lok and nominees Brendan Cowell and Richard Green. Other attendees, including Directors Tony Ayres and Dee McLachlan and actors Angus Sampson and Andy Whitfield also supported the cause. Staff and volunteers of the Inside Film Awards were also proud to show their support.
Dr Myint Cho, exiled activist and Director of the Burma Office stated, “The Burmese community is grateful for the generous support of participants and staff of the Inside Film awards.”

Forthview Primary School are delighted to see saffron ribbons being worn around the world.