While my sister believes in a great state education for all funded by the taxpayer, her daughter attends a non religious private school and Sister teaches at a private religious school. Perhaps a case of do as I say, not as I do.
For the past twenty years there has not been a suicide by a student at Sister's school, then in the last 12 months, three boys have committed suicide, the last I learnt about on Sunday. I think he was fourteen and a year seven student but she teaches older boys, so not one of her students.
Of course I asked Sister why. She did not know. Sexuality issues I asked? No, she said. I am not sure why she can be so sure.
The year seven boys were called back to school on the Monday even though they were still supposed to be home learning, to be officially informed and receive counselling or just a chat if required. Casual chats can go a long way where official counselling might not reach.
Meanwhile Elephant's Child probably does save lives, actually I know she does because I asked her. She saves lives at her Life Line volunteer job. She helps people. She makes a difference in the world.
Meanwhile in Oregon, Strayer does wonderful things for stray and non desexed cats and kittens, often without homes. It is not an easy volunteer thing she does. I donate a small amount each month to her cat charity fund raiser. Think about doing the same. Strayer is an honest and hard working person who makes a huge impact on stray and non desexed cats.
Former blog mate and now friend Victor volunteered as a visitor at a nursing home and also was also meet and greet helpful person at a major Sydney hospital until suspended because of his age, as R was also from his volunteer work where he also makes a difference to people.
Our building neighbour has volunteered for 25 years as a tourist information person. She too has been put off duties because firstly of her age and of course there aren't tourists anyway..
Our Friend in Japan does volunteer work.
Which does remind me that I did once volunteer to teach English to immigrants, and I did, so maybe I made a small difference so many years ago.
While I have tried a bit at times including a bit of foot work and more recently from the comfort of my desktop chair, I've never changed the world like the aforesaid to be a better place in a practical manner and it seems unlikely I will.
Those poor teenage boys who killed themselves. What a waste and tragedy. Is there something wrong with society that led them to such extreme action?
Well, that is a bit of a downer. Hopefully something a bit brighter tomorrow.