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INFORMATION ABOUT THE
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by the Church of
Church of Scientology Australia and its parishioners are
active members of the community, participating in many of the
humanitarian programs that the Church supports from disaster relief
work, to drug education, to teaching moral values to human rights
education. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) help people of all
cultures creeds and social backgrounds.
Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, the VMs have been involved extensively
in disaster relief.
Here are the highlights from 2009: In
the Outback a team of Scientology VMs have been helping Aboriginal
Communities since 2007, using Study Technology and thus helping improve
In the February 2009 Victorian Bushfires, a
team of Scientology VMs turned out to help people in the heart of the
disaster area, doing everything from cooking meals and finding much
needed water and supplies for victims and fire
fighters to providing Scientology assists to give relief to exhausted
volunteers, with over 3,000 people helped.
Nearly 10,000 individuals were given one‐on‐one help by 150 Scientology
Volunteer Ministers after Typhoon Morakot hit the village of Chialan in
southern Taiwan in August 2009, and continued their help during the
following the typhoon.
Months after the disaster, Scientology Volunteer
Ministers were still in the area to answer the demands for help from
Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Australia and New Zealand flew to
Samoa after the Tsunami, which occurred around the end of September
2009. They worked with the Samoan Fire & Emergency
Authority to help in the cleanup and recovery operation. The Volunteer
Ministers were there for a total of 1.5 months providing spiritual aid
to those who survived the disaster. In total, they provided one‐on‐one
help to over 7,000 people.
When Typhoon Ketsana hit Manila in the
Philippines at the end of September, causing the capital’s
worst flooding in more than four decades, local Volunteer Ministers
were on hand to help the authorities with the disaster relief with over
a thousand people helped.
The Church of Scientology is also a major sponsor of the Youth for
Human Rights campaign, educating young people about the United Nations
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Youth
for Human Rights creates events that include Human Rights
signing of Petitions for the
adoption of Human Rights and handouts of educational literature.
Youth for Human Rights also organised screenings of their Community
Service announcements of the 30 articles of the UDHR
which have aired
on over 4,000 stations. Over 7,600
booklets and DVDs were distributed
just last year in Australia alone.
Scientologists are proud
to be supporters of this group and to be promoting human rights.
Further, the Church of Scientology and its members are passionate about
educating youth on the truth about drugs. Drug Free Ambassadors
Australia was established by the Church of Scientology over 15 years
ago and is a group of youth and adults that want to do something
effective about drug use and abuse in society, especially by young
The Drug Free Ambassadors is now its
own charitable organisation that works with many like‐minded groups and
organisations for the purpose of educating youth about drugs. The
Church continues to provide grants to the Drug
Free ambassadors to print 13 drug information booklets and also many
members volunteer to get out factual information and answer questions.
What young people and adults don’t know
about drugs can kill them. Youth today are exposed earlier than ever to
drugs. In 2004, more than 6 million (two in five) Australians aged 14
and older had used an illicit drug in the
last 12 months. Marijuana is the most widely abused drug of choice in
Australia, with ecstasy second and methamphetamine, known as ice,
ranking third per the
latest United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime Report of 2006.
In Sydney, volunteers work with officials to get out anti‐drug booklets
at all‐night dance parties, reaching youth who may be at risk. They
also talk to youth at
camps or schools and even train youth workers in community groups of
In Adelaide, Australia, the Drug Free Ambassadors briefed local civic
officials on the campaign and gained permission to paint their Say No
to Drugs, Say Yes
to Life message as a mural on the walls of a railway station. In
another city, a group sponsored their own Olympic‐type games where 300
children participated in relay races, a balloon race and the painting
of a giant anti‐drug banner. Other groups join in civic parades,
carrying large Drug Free banners.
In the last 10 years over 35 million people have been reached directly
with the anti‐drug campaign – run
Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
In Australia in the last 3 years, Drug Free Ambassadors have
distributed over 450,000 drug education booklets directly into the
hands of people on the street – giving factual information on
the common street drugs – marijuana, ecstasy, ice,
painkillers, and more.
Since 2000, they have handed out over 2.5 million drug education fliers
and booklets at markets, fairs and street drug education events around
This has been either through direct
on the street, pledging children and adults alike
alike as Drug Free
Ambassadors, getting anti‐drug booklets and fliers into the hands of
youth and adults
in schools, anti‐drug lectures on
the street, parades, etc. or reaching them through articles printed in
We have new websites for our anti‐drug work, which enable people to
download one of our 13 drug education booklets. The international
website is at www.drugfreeworld.org and the local Australian website is