Baroness Cox is visiting Jersey in support of the
remarkable work of Dr San in the remote Chin village in Burma.
Monday July 30th, 2012 7pm Reception at St Ouen's Manor, by invitation
Tuesday July 31st Breakfast meeting with States members, hosted by Senator Paul Routier
Open Meeting 1-2pm at St. Helier Town Hall A Business Connect Special Event Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox is a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords. She also is the founder and CEO of an organisation called the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART). She has campaigned for humanitarian causes, particularly relating to disability, and has championed a range of Christian, eurosceptic and marginal causes, including action on forgotten wars in Africa. She is in Jersey to raise awareness of her humanitarian work in Burma and will be joined at this exclusive Business Connect event by the remarkable Burmese humanitarian, Dr San for an exclusive interview with Jonny Scott. Dr San runs medical camps for Burmese refugees along the border with India
7 pm Dinner at Ambassadeur Hotel with invited guests, including the Governor and Lady McColl. All tickets have been sold. Baroness Cox and Dr San will speak at this event
Background information about Baroness Cox and Dr San.
It is doubtful that anyone, except possibly Margaret Thatcher, expected Caroline to work as hard as she has. Baroness Cox has served as founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; trustee of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the Siberian Medical University, and MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International); founder and Chief Executive of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust), which helps oppressed peoples ignored by the international media; Council member of the Freedom Association; deputy speaker of the House of Lords; an active member of the World Committee on Disability; a judge for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award; and president of Christian Solidarity, United Kingdom.
In tribute to her service, Caroline has received the Wilberforce Award, which recognizes “an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices”. She has received honorary doctorates from universities in the United Kingdom, America, the Russian Federation, and Armenia.
These honours and recognitions are almost beside the point. Now a grandmother, Caroline says simply, “I always come back having received more than I have ever been able to give.”
Dr Taing San
HART is the conduit for all funds to the remarkable Health and Hope project, which is led by the equally remarkable Dr Taing San or ‘Sasa’ as he is generally known. Dr San comes from a remote Chin village in north-western Burma. In 2009 he graduated as a doctor from medical school in Armenia with the vision to return to help alleviate his people’s suffering. A key part of his plan was to provide basic healthcare for the villagers in remote areas of Chin state. He obtained a plot of land just over the border, in India, to be used for the training of over 300 Community Health Workers (CHWs) from remote villages in Chin and Mizoram States.
Three hundred and seventeen trainees - nearly half of them women – completed the third and final phase of their training in March 2011, and the focus for the immediate future is the monitoring and support of these CHWs before extending the project’s work to other inaccessible areas, which also have virtually no health or educational provision.
Health and Hope makes it possible for many lives to be saved through basic health care and teaching of hygiene, treatment of gastric and respiratory problems, malaria and diarrhoea. Dr Martin Panter, an expert in tropical medicine, from HART-Australasia, has met the CHWs and believes they will save the lives of 8 out of 10 people who would previously have died in their villages.
One World Week 2011, October 23rd to 30th Theme 'Living for One World'
There will be a series of talks on Radio Jersey's 'Morning Thought' by local groups concerned with the environment including Durrell, Trees for life and Le Rocquier School.
This is half-term week in Jersey so Talks in schools willbe t other times.
Further items are on the One World Week website
Dinner to celebrate the International Year of the Forests with Lord Deben
On Wednesday November 23rd, Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) will be the guest at a dinner to celebrate the International Year of the Forests. It will be at the Pomme D'Or Hotel at 7.30 for 8 pm. Tickets are £22 each and can be obtained from Jean Le Maistre, La Maison de la Trappe, Millais, St Ouen, JE3 2AL Tel. 484004. E-mail email@example.com.
The Rt.Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of Sancroft International, a brief biography
The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. His sixteen years of top-level ministerial experience included Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General in HM Treasury. In two hundred years, only five others have held so long a period of office.
His experience as an international negotiator has earned him worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists. In consecutive years, the BBC unprecedentedly awarded him the title 'Parliamentarian who did most for the Environment Internationally', while the NGO community called him 'the best Environment Secretary we have ever had'. He has consistently championed an identity between environmental concerns and business sense. To that end, he set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.
Since leaving office he has been Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council, Chairman of the International Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Non-Executive Director of Kidde Plc. He is currently Chairman of Valpak Ltd., Chairman of the Association of Independent Financial Advisors, Chairman of Veolia UK Ltd and Non-Executive Director of the Castle Trust Ltd.
In December 2005 David Cameron appointed him Chairman of the Quality of Life Commission and he continues this work today in the House of Lords. The Quality of Life report, "Blueprint for a Green Economy", was launched in September 2007.