This week I have undertook the ominous job of putting together a list of important events and dates in Canada. This list includes everything from religious holidays, national holidays, awareness days, weeks, and months. The list appears to be never ending! I had never realized before now how many “special” days there are.It appears that we have a battle going on for our attention and awareness going on around so many issues. Now, many of these “special” days are very important topics that the general public should be aware of and should learn more about. Yet some of these “special” dates are downright ridiculous. For example, did anyone know that July is Tickling Month? What does that even mean? Are we supposed to go around tickling each other for a whole month? Why do we need to celebrate ticking? Why do we need to raise awareness about ticking? Have I missed something? Ok, let’s drop the ticking for a moment and look at another date. March 11th 2014 will be Johnny Appleseed Day. So again, this one stumps me. Yes, our family sings the song about Johnny Appleseed before we eat, and thank the Lord for our food, but do we really need a whole day just for Johnny Appleseed? What importance does this play in our lives? How does this day help others? Personally, I don’t see that it does.
Back on the topic of the important dates, today is the celebration of an important date. Today is the 68th Birthday of the United Nations (UN). The UN is an international organization that was founded in 1945, after the Second World War. At that time, there were 51 countries, including Canada that wanted and were committed to maintaining international peace and security. With the creation of the UN, they also wanted to develop friendly relations among these 51 countries, promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. These goals are still the goals of the UN today; and this cause is just as relevant and important today as it was 68 years ago. I am happy and proud that Canada supports the UN in their efforts to make the world a better and safer place for all.
Do you know a lot about the United Nations? Here is more information on what they do. This information is provided by the United Nations – Department of Public Information – 2013.
- Provides food to 90 million people in 75 countries
- Vaccinates 58 per cent of the world’s children, saving 2.5 million lives a year
- Assists over 34 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution
- Combats climate change; works with 140 nations to prevent harmful mercury emissions
- Keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents
- Fights poverty, helping 370 million rural poor achieve better lives in the last 30 years
- Protects and promotes human rights on site and through some 80 treaties/declarations
- Mobilizes US$12.5 billion in humanitarian aid to help people affected by emergencies
- Uses diplomacy to prevent conflict; assists some 50 countries a year with elections
- Promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year.
WOW! They really do a lot to help the well-being of individuals and countries.
Although ACT Associates is unable to help people on such a mass scale; we do help many people in many places. The work of ACT Associates has taken them into Manitoba, New York, Haiti, and all over Ontario. The fantastic thing about ACT Associates is that if you are unable to come into our office, in the North end Waterloo, we are still able to help you through SKYPE counselling, and telecounselling. This means that we are able to help people locally, in Kitchener –Waterloo, but also worldwide.
The issues that we are able to help with are different than that of the United Nations, but we can assist people with things such as; drugs, alcohol, and gambling addictions, mental health issues, relationships, and even for caring for the elderly. If you, or someone you know has something that they want to work on, or wants to improve upon, have them call ACT Associates today. We help you ACT Now for a brighter tomorrow.
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