Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow Beginner, Novice & Intermediate dancers to compete at Skye's Highland Games
A little more than four weeks ago, the Skye Highland games took place, once again drawing an international crowd of competitors and spectators. Games day creates a buzz like no other in the village of Portree, and is so exciting for all involved. Unfortunately another year has passed with Skye's own dancers unable to compete at their local games. The Skye Games Committee have refused, in spite of many attempts by local Highland dance group Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich, to move with the times. While almost every other Highland Games runs a registered dance competition, the Skye Games Committee continue to insist on running an Open only competition. For those unfamiliar with Highland dancing rules and terminology, this means that dancers working through the rankings, competing to attain stamps and sitting exams to attain grades, are unable to take part while dancers who have never earned a stamp, as well as those who are through the rankings of Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate, are free to take to the stage. In practical terms, this means that over 40 of our Skye-based dancers, as well as countless from elsewhere, who travel far and wide to compete, are excluded from the Skye Games. Of course, we understand that the Skye Games do attract world-class Highland dancers, and indeed Champions, and while this is wonderful, no dancer ever became a champion without first going through the ranks! It is so disheartening that some members of the committee appear to have no interest in developing talent, disregarding the young up-and-coming dancers so eager to tread the boards in the most iconic of locations. We annually visit the games in both South and North Uist and are welcomed with open arms to their Official Board Registered Competitions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to offer the same hospitality in return? This is not, however, just a local issue. There are dancers the world over who would dearly love to compete in Skye, in fact, one school travelled all the way from Canada to enter, only to be bitterly disappointed when not one of their pre-premier dancers was able to take part. Lee Vossler from Diamond V Highland Dance said: “I had the great pleasure of bringing my dance school to Scotland during the summer of 2016. Being Canadian, we were all very excited, and of course used the experience to also see the beautiful country and sites. We decided that Skye would be one stop during our trip, and that we would dance at the Highland games. We were blown away by the number of competitors and tourists the community could bring in with their games. It was truly spectacular and so great for the village of Portree. It was with much disappointment that we realized this was an unsanctioned event, therefore the pre-premier dancers were unable to dance; a real disappointment for the little ones who just wanted to dance, and didn't really understand that the "rules" say they can't. We did have a wonderful time at the games, and it would have certainly been nice for everyone to dance, as this was the main purpose of our trip. I hope to bring my dancers back in a couple of years and would love for this to be another destination point for us as it was so beautiful, and very welcoming.” D.A.E.S. are most appreciative of ongoing support and investment received from the local community thus far. Interest in Highland Dancing continues to grow and the dedication and enthusiasm of teacher, parents, and pupils are evident. This school which started off with 12 pupils when established on a formal basis in 2009 now has 75 dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 21, attending weekly classes at present. We would like to ask the people of Skye whom we are proud to represent, as well as Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate dancers from all over the world, their teachers and families, to support us in our request to the Isle of Skye Games Committee : Please Hold a Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Registered Competition.
Petition to Great Run
Great Run to end their nutrition partnership with Herbalife
Great Run, the UK's biggest mass participation race series, have announced that Herbalife, known for their meal replacement shakes, is their new nutrition partner. Great Run have inspired and motivated hundreds of thousands of people to run and take part in one of their races, including the famous Great North Run. They have also established Great Run Local, a series of free, weekly runs for all ages and abilities, organised by volunteers. The events are accessible and a gateway to health and fitness to all. Herbalife are an established multi level marketing corporation who promote weight management tools. The ethics of this company have been called into question on multiple occasions and in 2016, agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission a $200 million fine, after the FTC said that Herbalife had cheated hopeful sales people out of hundreds of millions of dollars with a high pressure multi level marketing scheme. The premise of Herbalife, which is not available on the high street, is simple. They provide weight loss products and supplements, which aim to help you improve your diet and wellbeing. Products are available through distributors, who also give you nutritional advice. These distributors are rarely, if ever, registered dieticians or nutritionists and the plans encourage meal replacement shakes. Former Herbalife distributors have spoken of the pressure that they are under to sell, with former users speaking of the health implications of taking these harmful products. Fitness writer and former Great Run Blogger Stephen Morrison, who also launched Great Run Local in Scotland elaborates further on these points in this post. Further cause for upset about their ethics has been discussed here. How can a company that actively encourages meal replacement shakes full of chemicals in lieu of actual food be trusted to provide nutritional advice to runners? How can a running event organisation that supports #RealRunners turn its back on #RealFood? We call on Great Run to end this partnership. #EndGreatRunHerbalife
Petition to Mark Crutchley, Fiona West
Stop another creche closing in Bristol this week.
Over the past 17 years, the Bradley Stoke Creche staff have worked hard to serve children and their families in a safe, welcoming environment where they can play and develop physically in softplay or playroom facilities. Closing it takes away their jobs. It also takes away the chance for parents, particularly Mums, to use the facilities, for a couple of hours each day, at affordable prices. And some Fitness Staff at the facility use it too, whilst they earn a living. For two years I’ve enjoyed 1–3 days a week at the creche in Active Centre Bradley Stoke. Once I got over the parental guilt of leaving a young child, I've been using the space for exercise and doing work, and looking for more work, just what I needed. The £3.6 million redevelopment of the Centre, funded by South Gloucestershire, has made the facilities a lot more colourful, inviting and exciting, especially for children. If you keep it open you're supporting parents and staff with precious time to themselves. Physical, mental and financial wellness are all linked. And the wellbeing of parents can have a great effect on the wellbeing of children too. You show that #ChildcareMatters to you as individuals, as an organisation and the wider community. Simply talking to customers directly and responding to us would help. I care because I'm exploring how to make the workplace and business better for women and girls, building their confidence and choices. Most of my life I've felt like I don't fit in, and speaking up is helping me feel I can make a difference. The Creche Staff have been given notice that the Creche will close on Friday, April 7, 2017, due to financial losses. It is the second creche in the Active Centres Group to close (Active Leisure Centres across South Gloucestershire include: Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Longwell Green, Thornbury, Yate, Patchway, Downend). This ‘Save Our Creche’ campaign aims to secure the future of this important community asset, not only for the families of children currently enjoying the creche - but also for future generations of children. We the undersigned urge Active Centres to reconsider their position on this and all the creches in your group. #SaveBradleyStokeCommunityCreche
Petition to Zevdevco
Prevent development of more houses in green area between Zevenzicht and Link Road
I bought my property in Zevenzicht in 2004,when the Zevenwacht LINK Road was not even discussed with me,and there was still a farm as our neighbour. The City of Cape Town then finished the Link road,without proper flow into Langverwacht Road for the xtra traffic,but we started getting used to the noise,the road races,and the revving of motorbikes,because from our stoep,we could see Table Mountain,and families started using the safe pathways on the Link RD to exercise in the mornings and evenings! Now there is a proposed rezoning of the area between Zevenzicht Estate's border,and the exercise path for group housing development(17 houses to be exact).This will take away our view,the pinetrees will be cut down,and there would be no squirrels anymore. The freedom and safety of exercising in nature when walking or cycling the Zevenwacht Link Rd will also be gone,with cold walls on your side. As a owner of a border property,we totally lose everything that made us buy the property in the first place.There is also still sewer capacity constraints on that vacant land till 2021. So I ask anyone who enjoy the exercise path on the Link,or just the beautiful pinetrees and squirrels...please sign this petition please!!!