Quinte, On. real estate agent: The F Word.

The F Word.

I realize that we in the Western world can get fatigued by all the pleas for help and aid from organizations that represent the interests of less fortunate people in the developing world. It has even come to the point where some people don't watch the news anymore because "all that negativity affects their inner peace".

I am not a terribly religious person, but Matthew 25: 35 - 40 has always had a certain resonance in my life. It's very simple and I'm sure we are all familiar with the words;

"‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ "

Having said that, I'm usually very annoyed with certain celebrities who seem to be able to stir up the masses in short lived, highly fashionable, and ultimately inneffective campaigns that do not address the real issues and make us weary of hearing about yet another crisis. These celebrities are unaware that they are squandering the goodwill and patience of a lot of people.

I recieved an email from Bono's organization (ONE) this morning though, and I thought I would pass it along. The message is concise, to the point, and (I believe) effective. It is obscene that people are starving in the 21st century. It is obscene that we lack the political will to make real changes. Famine is not a natural catastrophe in this day and age.I think this campaign is well worth supporting, as it is a campaign to put pressure on our political leaders to fulfill the promises that they continue to make and then break.

Dear world leaders,

The famine in Somalia could kill 750,000 in the coming months, and tens of thousands have already died. When you meet at the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in November, you have the opportunity to break the cycle of famine and ensure people are hungry no more. Lives are in your hands. Please keep the promises you have made to the 2 billion poor people who depend on farming for their livelihoods.

The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can’t lose sight of some simple facts:

1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Thirty thousand. With over 12 million people at risk.

2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe – drought doesn’t have to lead to famine. It can be prevented, as we have seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.

In the 21st century, it’s an obscenity that people are dying because they can’t get enough food to eat. Every one of those 30,000 children is part of a family – a son, a daughter, sister or brother. We can’t imagine what it must be like to starve to death, but most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love.

Please watch the film and make use of the voice you have -- sign the petition. It will make a difference in putting pressure on world leaders to do more to help those in need right now, and live up to promises already made to invest in the things proven to work – early warning systems...irrigation...drought resistant seeds… and of course, peace and security.

Thanks for reading.

Comment balloon 15 commentsMalcolm Johnston • October 07 2011 10:59AM


Malcolm - Thanks for sharing this.  A very powerful video and one more signature for their cause.  I'll pass this along to my friends.  The numbers of children dying are shocking.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

Thank you Sally, I knew I could count on you. The petition needs about 40,000 more signatures to reach the goal of 200,000.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Malcolm, I will forward this information to my friends, and re-blog this on AR, the losses due to Famine can be overcome if we work together

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago


In addition basic medication that we all take for granted could be made available too.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago

Thank you Chris, yes, if we show our politicians that we do care, these changes can be made. We seem to be able to move mountains when it comes to other issues, but somehow not with this one.

Brian, indeed, it would only cost pennies per person to supply basic medication, but it would be very effective.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Hello Malcolm and this is incredible, I will pass it on also!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 7 years ago

Chris Smith sent me over.  This is a remarkable post.  Suggested and will be reblogged. 

Thank you isn't even enough.  I am speechless.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 7 years ago

This is incredible. I signed the petition and will reblog to help spread this message. Thank you for sharing we MUST act to reverse this. I had no idea this was taking place but ACTION MUST BE TAKEN!!!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 7 years ago

I have hit the Like button and the Feature button.  You are a wonderful source for what many of us should be thinking.  I had hungry days in Texas due to the franchise owner not following through on any of his promises.  Hungry days pale in comparison to the hunger that exists in our world.  I admire Bono and what he is doing and you are one of my key reads each day. Thank you.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) over 7 years ago

Malcolm, this is something we should all keep in mind as we Canadians sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Thank you Vegas Bob, I appreciate that.

Ron, thanks very much, people should know about what is going on in somalia right now.

U.S. Mortgages, yes, something should be done about this. Thank you for reading.

Larry, thanks very much, yes, despite annoying a lot of people, Bono does soldier on, and his efforts are worthy of admiration.

Janice, indeed it is, it's shameful that we live in a world where there is so much for some and others dion't even have food and clean water.



Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing Malcolm.

Suggest, like, tweet, and go to one.org to sign the petition!

Best regards from Seattle,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) over 7 years ago

 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Thirty thousand

that is just unbelievable!! In this day and age? wow... wonderful blog to bring this to attention of all!  thanks.

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

Famine will always be with us as long as we keep over populating the earth.  There's a reason I'm 37, unmarried, and have no children. 

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 7 years ago

Malcolm - I commend you for spreading the word about famine.  We spend billions on warfare and allow millions to starve...our humanity is in question.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 7 years ago