YubaNet.com
Wednesday, July 30 2014

            We Deliver News to the Sierra
News Fire News spacer Latest News spacer Regional News spacer California News spacer USA News spacer World News spacer Op-Ed spacer Enviro News spacer Sci Tech News spacer Life spacer Odd News spacer Cartoons spacer
Features The Calendar features features Weather features Sierra NightSky features features features Road Conditions features Home spacer
Life
 

"Africa for Norway" Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral


    Google+    

By: Ayla Harbin, YES Magazine!

Nov. 30, 2012 - You've heard of the starving children, homeless refugees, and millions of people dying of disease; not to mention wars, disasters, and celebrities raising money to fix the problems of the Global South.

But what about the Norwegians?

Where are Bono and Angelina when it comes to the invisible people of Norway, who are suffering, unnoticed, in their freezing habitat?

A new charity, Radi-Aid, seeks to help these poor Northerners by collecting and donating unused radiator space-heaters. As their promotional music video belts, "There's heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share."

The video, which was released on YouTube on November 16, has already garnered more than 1.5 million views and has been featured in media outlets like Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and NPR.

The homepage for Radi-Aid, a campaign spoofing the approach of celebrity-driven charities, states: "Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?"

The organization's true purpose is to spread the idea that the media should show respect for, provide better information on, and not just exploit stereotypes of the people they seek to help. Radi-Aid says aid should be "based on real needs, not 'good' intentions."

Click here to find out more about Radi-Aid and their mission.

Ayla Harbin is an intern for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas and practical actions.

 

Help us bring you more news. Be a real reader: Support YubaNet

By submitting a comment you consent to our rules. You must use your real first and last name, not a nickname or alias. A comment here is just like a letter to the editor or a post on Facebook. Thank you.

 

Latest Headlines

Life

Every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a car

Top Water Saving Tips for American Households

Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts? Chemical communication explained (video)

Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World in Lee Vining

Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

Rising Temperatures Can Be Deadly for Dogs

Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S.

Stop Sneaky Online Tracking with EFF's Privacy Badger

Born Free USA Collects More Than 100 Furs for Animals in Need


More

 

 

 

 

NEWS . Fire News . Latest . Regional . California . USA . World . Op-Ed . Enviro . Sci/Tech . Life . Odd News . Cartoons
FEATURES . The Calendar .Weather . Sierra NightSky . Horoscope . Road Conditions
YubaNet.com . Advertising. About Us . Support YubaNet . Contact Us . Terms of Use . Privacy

YubaNet.com © 1999-2014
Nevada City, California (530) 478-9600