Falling Whistles: Become a Whistleblower for Peace

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Falling Whistles (FW) is a campaign for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo that was born out of one man’s, well, appetite for discovery, I guess you could say. Whilst travelling back in 2007, he made a discovery that not only changed his life, but continues to change the lives of many others, for the better.

Falling Whistles Journal ImageI’m writing this post to share two stories. The first, about this amazing campaign and the tragic story that inspired it and the second, about how I came to learn about Falling Whistles – both of which remind me that in a world where at times so many things can seem so wrong, there are still great people out there setting some of those wrongs right.

The first is such an important story and, although it weighed heavy on my heart, in the end I am really glad to have learned about this campaign and I hope you will be too.

It all started with a single journal entry, in which Sean Carasso spoke of young boys, too small to hold a gun, being sent to the frontlines of war armed with only a whistle.

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“Their sole duty was to make enough noise to scare the enemy and then to receive – with their bodies – the first round of bullets”

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This 2 minute video tells the FW story in a nutshell.

Be a Whistleblower for Peace from Falling Whistles on Vimeo.

How? And why,  do these atrocities go on and worse still, virtually unnoticed by the majority of the world, was my first reaction to this video. The evil that exists in mankind, and the ability to turn a blind eye to these tragedies is still something I just can’t fathom. This is merely an observation, not a judgement, as I am acutely aware that I have to count myself among those guilty of failing to give the plight of others the attention it deserves.

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My next reaction was complete awe for Sean Carasso and the Falling Whistles team who have amazingly managed to transform a terrible discovery into a powerful force for good. I was, and still am, completely inspired by how they have brought positivity to such an awful and desperate situation and enlightened those of us who were oblivious to the magnitude of this war that continues to witness the deaths of nearly 1,500 people daily.

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Their message is simple: wear your protest, make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace.

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FW are currently working with Congolese community leaders to rehabilitate and restore the lives of 600 war-affected women and children in Congo.

Falling Whistles Boy with BallThey have also helped fund local initiatives working tirelessly to improve the lives of women and children who have fallen victim to this deadly war by providing education, therapy, job skills training, medical assistance and much more. You can read more about Falling Whistles’ partners, and their achievements here.

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My second story

I came to learn about Falling Whistles when I, by chance, saw a post on my Facebook newsfeed from one friend to another saying “oh, and while I remember – re my whistle, the website is www.fallingwhistles.com” Intrigued, I clicked on the link and discovered all the things I’m sharing with you today.

Falling Whistles Whistleblower Close Up ImageI sent a message to the friend who had posted the link, telling her how interesting (and heartbreaking) I had found Sean’s story, and that, of course, I was definitely going to buy a whistle. She replied insisting that she buy it for me, and had one simple request – “if you’d still like to buy one to support the cause further, then maybe you could share the FW story with someone else and pass a whistle along to them?” And so the FW gift it forward concept was born! I loved it – a reminder of a good friend and a good cause.

And so this, along with the great work Sean and the FW team are doing, is the happy part of my post. I guess I just have a huge amount of admiration for people like Sean, and my friend (who has dedicated a lot of her time helping those less fortunate and is just an awesome person) and am happy to share the FW story and play a teeny weeny part in making the world a better place.

And you can too. Here’s how:

  • Buy a whistle  – for you, and for someone else – and ask them to gift it forward. FW are fast approaching 50,000 whistleblowers, help them get there sooner!

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  • Attend  or organise a Falling Whistles event (in the US only at this stage)

The FW team recently finished a tour the US and would love you to join them at one of their future events. You can also invite survivor and FW representative, Yves, to come and share his story, and the FW story, at your school, town hall etc. For more information email tour@fallingwhistles.com.

  • Make a donation

Like any charity organisation, FW need funds to enable them to continue their campaign to end this terrible war. FW will invest your donation in tools for whistleblowers, and in Congolese visionaries working to rehabilitate their communities. You can make a one off, weekly or monthly donation here.

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And most importantly…

  • SPREAD THE WORD - share this post or post the Falling Whistles website link on your social media networks, tell your friends about FW, talk, talk and talk some more! It can change lives and it doesn’t cost a thing.

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In the spirit of ‘gifting it forward’ I am giving away a whistle to one lucky reader! If you would like to get your hands on one, leave a comment below saying that you would love a whistle and letting me know which of the posts on this site is your favourite. On 29th February 2012 (might as well take advantage of the leap year!) I will randomly select a winner.*

*Terms & Conditions: One entry per person. Entries close 28th February 2012 (GMT+3). Includes worldwide postage. Prize is one of ‘The Original’ whistle. Winner will be announced on 1st March 2012.


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8 Responses

  1. Donna Hawkins 10 Feb,2012 at 9:03 am

    Hi aims,
    Just firstly wanna say a huge congrats on quitting your job & pursuing your dreams! Been reading your blog, and I’ve already been inspired to bake some mini cakes ( even though I’m on diet) go to santorini (4hr flight to Athens from Bahrain – bring it on), and support a cause ( sign me up 2 b a
    whistleblower for peace – I think the pay it
    forward idea is a fab way of getting more
    people involved).
    So here’s a big high five and chest bump from me – the blog looks fab, the photos are
    beautiful and your writing style keeps me
    wanting to read more.
    Now I just wanna quit my job & start a blog!
    Cheers, Donna x

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  2. Amy 10 Feb,2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Donna, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy that you like it and even happier to have recruited another whistleblower. It’s a great cause so thanks for spreading the word. You will love Santorini, do it! And let me know if you bake the cakes!

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  3. Queen Jimjam 23 Feb,2012 at 2:24 pm

    Amy!

    This actually made me cry, beautifully moving video and heart wrenching story that we all have the option to feel sad about for a bit and move on or help make a change so desperately needed – I would love to follow in your footsteps and be a whistle-blower for peace and take a whistle with me on my adventures to keep the conversations and awareness going, I would forward a purchased whistle to my mum & sister (and others!) who I know will be touched by this & eager to ‘pay it forward’ too!.

    Your blog is fab – already blown smoke up your butt on that one ;) – and gets fabbier when you share such moving stories! Let’s talk on it more soon please thank you very much!

    Sam xx

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  4. Amy 23 Feb,2012 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Sam, isn’t it an amazing story? So tragic but so inspirational at the same time. I am so glad to have found some more whistleblowers as passionate about this cause as I am – welcome aboard the Falling Whistles train! So nice to get such great feedback about the blog too – thank you so much – and yes we will definitely talk more soon! Best of luck with the giveaway and make sure you come back on the 1st March to see if you won! x

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  5. Jan Savage (mother of Jimjam) 23 Feb,2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Amy, we have not met yet but I know we will! I have been truly touched by the stories in your Blog about the Whistle Blowers. As a mother I find the original reason totally heartbreaking but like you I am so impressed with guys like Sean – what an amazing young man. I will happily wear a whistle – and even blow it to make a nuisance of myself if that’s what it takes to spread the word! I would also like to forward this info (when someone shows me how!) to Thomas Lundgren, the founder of THE One as he is another world ‘peacemaker’ and I would like to think that he too will spread the word. Keep Blogging & Blowing Amy!
    Hugs from Mama S

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  6. Amy 23 Feb,2012 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Mama S! I see Queen Jimjam is already spreading the world – what a great whistleblower she is! I would absolutely love you to share this blog with Thomas and anyone else who may be interested – at the end of the blog post (above) you will see a bunch of little icons, if you click on the white envelope you can share this post by email which may be the easiest way? Or you could just copy and paste the web address above into an email of your own – I am sure Queen Jimjam will help you out! Thank you SO much for your support. I look forward to meeting you and when I do I will tell you who first made me aware of Falling Whistles (you and Queen Jimjam both know her and won’t be surprised at all!) x

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    • Queen Jimjam 26 Feb,2012 at 9:29 am

      Someone we both know? I’m so intrigued – this calls for a facebook stalk me thinks! I will help Mama Sav get this out to Thomas in the endless connecting web of greatness! I’ve just dribbled at the pics on your recent post of the roasted veg pasta salad.. so am going over to ooh, ahh and drool over them now for a bit …. :) )) x

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