May the New Year 2012 bring new hopes, new dreams, new adventures,
and new happinesses to all!
and new happinesses to all!
Canada Post will continue to provide a program of free delivery to deployed troops. Parcels can be mailed for free to deployed CF members for the period 18 Oct 2010 to 7 January 2011. Letters and packages up to 500 grams can be mailed for free until the end of 2011. Visit the Canada Post Website for additional detail of the offer. Note that this program is not extended to mail addressed to "Any Canadian Forces Member " and all such items will require postage. [emphasis added]
--from the National Defense and Canadian Forces site, "Write the Troops"
The following are the campaigns Suraya Foundation has done to date valuing to about $60,000. Thanks to our Creative Sponsors and Volunteers to make this happen.
The "Are You Reckless?" Campaign― A hard hitting video and radio campaigns aimed at getting drivers to question their driving habits. Our main objective of this project was to provide case studies to governments and NGOs to study our campaign and adopt full time road safety campaigns. Watch the campaign here and SHARE it with your friends and families >>
Road Safety Comics - spreading awareness and teaching principles of road safety in a fun way, we have released a series of road safety comics. Have a look at the Rayden Kusumo's road safety comics >>
Share your story - We would like to hear your side of the story on how reckless accidents have affected your lives. Share your story and read the how reckless accidents have affected other people >>
The Oath Project ― a vow encouraging everyone to take the challenge of being a safer driver. If you believe that you’re a safe driver, please join us and take the oath >>
What is Killing people in the Gulf? ― an information graph completed on June 2010 (40 hours of data) highlighting the number of people killed by road accidents and its effect on the Middle East’s economy. Have a look at the infograph and please share it with other drivers >>
Suraya Akhter (b.17 July 1986 - d. 17 March 2009) was a fashion designing student who lost her life in a reckless accident in United Arab Emirates last year. The accident was due to combination of reckless driving and bad road design. Since the only witness (Suraya's friend Aysha involved in crash) was suffering from amnesia, the court of RAK had preposterously ruled that it was Suraya's mistake and she must have committed suicide. The investigation was halted but accounts of accidents by police did not add up. Her brother, Mohd Shahnawaz narrates the story of highlights of her life and that unfaithful day. [Full story here]
The Suraya Foundation has been formed to prevent accidents that can be averted by targeting drivers on psychological level. Since "Suraya" means "cluster of seven stars", we have adopted seven principles for our campaign to meet our objectives. The foundation has been formed to help ensure that you could be spared from the misery of suffering from the loss of a loved one. This foundation ensures that you and your loved ones are protected from reckless accidents' i.e. prevention of reckless accidents by changing attitudes of unsafe drivers and helping them adopt the principles of safe driving. - Mohd ShahnawazAs Mohd suggests, it is important to share stories for healthy grieving, to make meaning of senseless deaths, and to help effect change. Also, as he suggests, while road traffic accidents, and particularly fatalities, are unusually high in the GCC, they occur around the world.
For archives on how this foundation began please go to www.ripsister.com [Rest in Peace My Little Sister]. Please share with us your story and read other stories on how the road accident epidemic is damaging the lives of thousands around the world.