October 23rd, 2008, 4:41 pm
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October 23rd, 2008, 4:41 pm
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October 23rd, 2008, 4:49 pm
Hello and Welcome to our Comprehensive thread!!:clap: Everything about what you can expect in this thread is given below:)
Picture by me:)
October 23rd, 2008, 6:03 pm
Here's a note sent by Mrs. Fleur Delacour Weasley to all of you.
A few moments can change a life. And it was the same for Bill and I.
When I joined the Order of the Pheonix to fight , I learnt more than I ever thought I would.
When Greyback attacked Bill, we were obviously very shocked. A matter of few moments, but yet it changed a whole lot of things for us. When I saw Bill writhing in pain, I realised how much I loved him and I also realised how people affected by Lycanthropy would suffer. And I vowed to help- and provide those victims care, love and equality."The Wolfsbane Foundation" does just that and is very close to my heart.Think of those people who have been subjected to pain for no fault of theirs and you will understand exactly what I mean.
I am proud of Sirius and my husband Bill and the team for their dedication to make this charity successful.
The fundraisings have been amazing and people from all walks of life have contributed. I've done my bit- when you have three young children, its always going to be a challenge to actively participate. :lol: However, we have another special "Light a Candle" Service Fundraiser. Do join us for it and our wonderful team will keep you updated about more.
P.S. This shirt I'm wearing is now available in most Wizarding Shops, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the team and the "Witches for Wolfsbane" Members. You could get one if you like and contribute.
There are many other colours too..infact, Victoire got pink and Dominique red, but Bill and I like brown the most.. :)
October 24th, 2008, 5:21 am
Sirius and Bill have always maintained the importance of team work in this campaign. And as member of their campaign team, I sure can tell you, that sort of support is extremely encouraging.
We promised a diary....chronicling events. And here we start- this is my perspective about my team and our campaign, from the beginning till today. Its been a journey of sorts, but a brilliant one at that.
A JOURNEY :
30 July, 2008
We were very excited ...I mean, seated in Shell Cottage, sipping tea and glancing through Victoire's garden, waiting for Sirius, who wouldnt be??
Fleur came along and sat with us, trying her best to make us comfortable. Bill sat beside us and we had a discussion about Goblin rights and curse breaking. I for one, tried to appear knowledgeable..but ah well, you know what happens when you do that. And when Sirius arrived from Beyond the Veil..I'd had enough.
Grinning widely at us all, he remarked" So..this is the team we're working with for the next few months...amazing".He winked and shook hands with us.
When I'd earlier remarked to some other friends of mine that I was going to be working on campaign and policies with Sirius, few had even tried to hide their jealousy. So, there I was, the object of envy, still stuttering and unsure of myself. Sadly, this isnt a fairy tale where I immediately got friendly and had a wonderful time. No, to get to really understand each other and work as a team took its time - it was a journey of its own. But once we all did that, campaigning was productive fun.
From hesitant owls that went:
" Dear Sirius. I have found a small mistake, if it is not a problem, could you edit it? Thanks."
to " Hi Sirius. There are a few corrections to be made and some new updates. We're also planning to go to the new cafe and would like you to come."
to "Sirius!!!, Where are you?????? Come to team HQ and check asap!!!!!!P.S:How about Dinner at Bill's??"...- We sure have come a long way.
The profile visitor messages I've sent Sirius are proof for that and as for the owls, you should count yourself lucky you arent the one who's getting bombarded with them:lol:
Since we all believe in the same ideals to benefit the Wizarding World, with ideas flying back and forth, this campaign has been wonderful. We've aided others, met new people, got to know new things- and we've all felt proud of being part of this Election and this campaign team.
Our charity "The Wolfsbane Foundation" is the result of a passion to help those affected by lycanthropy. However, to translate that kind of dreams and passion into actual work and a functioning, successful charity-team work is what is needed. And we are blessed with a right understanding between the candidates and the team members to make even the toughest task possible, by putting in our best - the same goes,if elected too. After all, people skills are amongst the most important things required.
In this comprehensive thread too, we've included several of the team's efforts and you can look forward to a short sneak peek into-"A month in the life of a Sirius/ Bill Campaign team member".
Why?? Because Sirius and Bill have always believed that for anything to be accomplished, there has to be a strong backbone, that is, an effective team. And in this symbiotic relationship between the candidates and the team members, lies the secret of success. And we're sharing it with you all, right here.
Photo credits Lilyrose, flair by Raven_Meadowes.
October 24th, 2008, 11:51 am
21 August, 2008.
We were handed the first task of explaining our ideals, policies and beliefs. That provided us the required platform to enable the voters to understand us and how we could help them all, with the help of our wonderful team. Here's my speech and Bill's.
During the years of Voldemort's attempted reign I fought, like many, against him. I remained loyal to The Order of the Phoenix, a resistance movement headed by the brilliant and experienced leader, wizard Albus Dumbledore, and my friends, who became my family. Being a part of the Order required swift thinking and an ability to adapt to a situation, qualities I can bring to the office of the Minister of Magic.
I believe the Ministry needs a fresh point of view in the fight to rebuild our community, to carry on the admirable job that Minister Shacklebolt has begun. His remarkable achievements in dispelling deeply buried prejudices are inspiring. I feel I can build on this, bringing new ideas and innovations to ensure the continuing stability of the Wizarding World and see that it remains free of self-styled Dark Lords.
If I am elected to this office I will strive to reform the legal system so that everyone can be assured of a fair, unbiased representation and that there is enough evidence to proceed before a full criminal trial is initiated.
I will give any necessary help in the research to cure lycanthropy, and will help ensure that persons thus afflicted will not feel like second-class citizens of the wizarding world. I will also continue with the current work in allowing non-wizards equal rights. As a forward looking individual, I hope to continue working with all of the talented wizards and witches associated with the Ministry to bring equality to Elves, Centaurs, Werewolves, and other groups affected by the policies and views of both our predecessors and many contemporaries. These Witches, Wizards and Magical Creatures, noble beings, all, who have suffered an a loss of freedoms and opportunities in the wizard world due to prejudice and outdated social norms, can be assured of representation and a move to change the long-held views that have so often deprived them of the right to enjoy free and happy lives.
In these endeavors, we are gratified and honored to have the assistance and support of Mr. Bill Weasley, a Wizard well-known to many of you for his outstanding efforts in the fight against Voldemort and his supporters.
Bill Weasley, a talented and brave man, has long been involved in the fight to protect those who are most at risk from the predators in our world, as he actively protected our children, keeping them safe from harm as Death Eaters invaded our beloved Hogwarts. He is well-respected among Wizards for his diplomacy and experience in his dealings with our fellows in the Magical community both here and abroad: Bill Weasley has indeed earned the respect of Goblins and other magical beings. He is sensitive to the hardships faced by those afflicted with lycanthropy, and will be extremely helpful in helping establish a cure for the same, thus allowing those previously estranged Witches and Wizards back into the fold, enabling them to be productive members of the Wizarding society. He is a fine addition to the campaign and will represent his consituents magnificently.
I may not have political experience, but I do have experience of both life and death combined with the will and drive to succeed. Additionally, I have the support of many talented witches and wizards with whom I share an open, informed relationship, where counsel is encouraged. I think I am very qualified to lead the ministry in this positive direction and hope for your continued support.
I fully stand by Sirius Black in his bid to become Minister for Magic. He is loyal and honest, a man whose word you can trust. Even in death he is willing to help ensure the continuation of the stability that our world has enjoyed over recent years under Minister Shacklebolt, with whom both of us have worked closely.
As a member of a large family I quickly learned that in order to be successful in any endeavor, cooperation was the key. I believe that by working with Sirius Black, we can carry on with the current work to allow non-wizards equal rights.
One of the components of Mr. Black's platform is the treatment and social assistance of those afflicted with lycanthropy. It is essential that the stigma associated with the curse not be permitted to further injure those with it. We need to find a cure, and we need to help bring these witches and wizards back into our community. It is essential that we do what we can with our many exceptional, talented people to bring help and hope to the many who have been robbed of a happy, productive life. Myself having being bitten by a non-transformed werewolf during the fight against Voldemort, I have in recent years been faced with the realities faces by those who have suffered with the condition, although I am largely free from its ravages, both physycal and social. I am strongly in favour of aiding our Healers in the bid to find a cure for this affliction, thus helping those who suffer innumerable hardships because of it. We are also dedicated to helping these Witches and Wizards return to a full, productive life in the wizarding community.
It is also vital that we bring an increased level of communication and cooperation to the table with Witches and Wizards from other nations. It is essential that we forge these ties during times of peace, and that we come together to help each other grow and remain united against forces that would tear us apart. Having worked closely with many of these talented brothers and sisters in the international magical community, I believe I can bring a unique perspective and experience to the interactions between us. The nature of my work at Gringotts allowed me to experience many different cultures. I am certain that these experiences will aid us greatly in communicating with Witches and Wizards both here and abroad, and will strengthen our relationships with others in the magical world.
Sirius Black has my full confidence and endorsement. Please join me in supporting him for Minister of Magic.
Rita Skeeter had several intriguing things to tell about our Campaign and here's our answer to that:
A very reliable source tells me that Mr. Black’s campaign is not as honest and frank as they want us to believe… Looks like our dearest Sirius is only addressing those topics that could help him improve his chances of being elected, while ignoring those questions that might hurt his campaign, hoping no one will notice. But it looks like the wizarding community is not as stupid as Mr. Black wants them to be... If we take a look at the first Exit Poll, we’ll see his evasiveness is seriously ruining his chances...
This is in response to Rita Skeeter's latest comments about me and my campaign:
Now that the campaign has formally begun and candidates and runningmates have been established, we feel that we can address the questions and issues presented to us, according to the framework established by the moderators here at CoS Forums.
As a campaign we felt that we did not need to become involved with the attempted mud slinging that was going on at the time. While many questions are valid, some seemed directed solely at derailing the campaign before we were able to establish a runningmate and cohesive platform. Now that we have our footing, however, let's address some of the statements directed towards me and my campaign.
Character assaults are considered off-limits at these forums, but a valid point was raised that I feel deserves an answer. I stated at the time that if the question came up during the course of the campaign I would happily answer it. I shall do so now.
I admit that my treatment towards Kreacher was disgraceful. I am deeply regretful in regards of my treatment of him and wish to say I am sorry. It was a mistake on my part. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I agree that I could have handled the situation in a better way.
Everybody should learn from their mistakes. I believe that I have and plan to build on the lessons they have taught me. If elected I will work towards gaining rights for those who have suffered at the hands of persecution and bigotry. A part of my campaign platform is to carry on the work that has been started with giving equal rights for non-wizards. If elected I will strive to this see this become a reality. I have good people working with me who are committed to this end, and we won't stop until it is achieved. We can really only do this with your help.
There is a forum for debate in these elections. While the debate was being organized and candidates chosen, it would be unfair to constituents and candidates alike if scattershot to replies were given. Better to address the issues -- the small things and the larger considerations -- in a constructive way, where all candidates can be examined with equanimity and fairness.
To this end, we welcome your interest in our campaign, and encourage you to be involved in the elections.
29 August, 2008:
The second task required us to produce a campaign banner.
13 September, 2008:
The third task and fourth tasks presented us with the opportunity to respond to criticism and questions, We've always believed in honesty and the brutal truth, even if it isnt exactly pleasant. Our answers for these questions have come from the heart.From our answers you would notice that we dont mince words or dodge questions, but we accept our mistakes when wrong- because to err is natural, but we've learnt from our mistakes and thats what counts.
1. Aside from fighting Voldemort, it doesn't appear you have many qualifications that are different/better than the other candidates. How do you intend to compensate for your lack of leadership/executive/government experience?
RESPONSE: While it is true that neither of us have government experience, we are both extremely able in adapting ourselves to new situations, and I am confident that we will bring a brand new point of view to the Ministry.
As many of you now know, the downfall of Voldemort was due largely to the efforts of the Order of the Phoenix, to which I gave service until my death. The Order was a democracy led by a supremely able man, the late Albus Dumbledore. To that end, each of us was responsible for listening to the advice and input of others and following a plan of action that would serve others best, a plan that fought for what was right. We took this charge very seriously.
Moreover, what we lack in political experience, we make up in other ways. Bill, for instance has travelled widely and has gained an understanding of various other cultures, which gives us an edge, since international cooperation surely is the order of the day! Additionally he has worked closely with goblins, and is one of the few wizards today who has their trust, thus bringing with him a much-needed understanding of other magical creatures to this office.
As to the issue of experience, in the days after Voldemort's fall, whether a Witch or Wizard ever worked at the Ministry was a matter of negligible merit or one based on pure necessity, due to the lack of leadership at the time. It is important that, since Mr. Shacklebolt has made the Ministry a safe and stable place, someone new is required to take up the challenge of making real change and putting faces and abilities in places who weren't before - someone who'd take the Ministry and the people towards further progress and harmony.
2. Mr. Black, In the past you have been known to 'take matters into your own hands.' However, some voters fear, as Minister, you may choose this path rather than go through the proper channels to see a resolution to a problem. What can you say to appease us?
RESPONSE: I may have been impulsive as a youth, but isn't that what youth is for? No one elects a child to a political position, nor should they. As an adult, I had precious little time to do anything impulsive. I worked for the Order of the Phoenix until my death, and, in doing so, followed instructions as prescribed by Albus Dumbledore, because they were in the best interests of the anti-Voldemort movement. I was one of the people who was willing to fight -- or not fight -- based on the needs of the situation.
As Minister I will listen closely to the views of the wizarding public, will aim to do what is best for the whole community after careful thought and conversations with my advisors, ensuring the desired happiness of the people.
I believe that Bill and myself make a great team. Bill has many diplomatic skills whilst I am not afraid to speak out where I see inequality and injustice. These are both important qualities that will greatly aid us while in office.
3. Sirius, will dementors still be guarding the prisoners of Azkaban? If so, what assurances can you give the wizarding community that appropriate safeguards will be put into place to prevent the escape of prisoners like you yourself were able to pull off?
RESPONSE: As most of you know, I was charged for a crime I did not commit, without any trial or representation, and suffered twelve years of seclusion and cruelty at the hands of the Dementors. Many of you have also been subjected to their evils, having wrongly been incarcerated during Voldemort's reign. The Dementors have no place guarding a prison.
Author JK Rowling has been asked this question. Here is her response:
Originally Posted by JK Rowling
Will azkaban still use dementors?
J.K. Rowling: No, definitely not. Kingsley would see to that. The use of Dementors was always a mark of the underlying corruption of the Ministry, as Dumbledore constantly maintained.
The dementors were removed from Azkaban under Mr Shacklebolt. They are now tightly controlled by the Ministry and will remain so if I am elected. As Minister and more so as a person who has experienced the situation in Azkaban, with regards to dementors - I will not reinstate the dementors as a means of punishment or as guards to the prison.
4. Mr Black, you once said that "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals". What do you think your treatment of Kreacher, your family House Elf, says about you?
RESPONSE: This question has already been asked by Miss Rita Skeeter. Our answer was and remains the same. I admit that my treatment towards Kreacher was disgraceful. I am deeply regretful in regards of my treatment of him and wish to say that I am truly very sorry. It was a mistake on my part. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I agree that I could have handled the situation in a better way.
Everybody should learn from their mistakes. I believe that I have and plan to build on the lessons they have taught me. If elected I will work towards gaining rights for those who have suffered at the hands of persecution and bigotry. A part of my campaign platform is to carry on the work that has been started with giving equal rights to non-wizards. If elected I will strive to see this become a reality. I have good people working with me who are committed to this end, and we won't stop until it is achieved. We can really do this only with your help.
5. Mr. Black and Mr. Weasley are both known to be somewhat reckless in nature at times. If these candidates do not intend to run the Ministry in a reckless manner, in what ways have they sought to improve their behavior in that regard?
RESPONSE: I am not entirely sure where the view that Bill Weasley is reckless has come from. During his time at Hogwarts Bill was a prefect and went on to become Head Boy. He also received twelve O.W.Ls. If this doesn’t show responsibility and talent then I am at a loss as to what does. Today he is a dedicated family man and is willing to bring his experiences to the Ministry. His time as a Gringotts curse breaker will be a valuable asset when it comes to foreign relations. As one of few wizards that have gained the trust of the goblins I am sure that he will be very helpful in strengthening the ties between the goblins and wizards.
As for myself, I have already agreed that as a youth I was reckless. Please do not judge the man by the child. Since my teenage years and early adulthood I have learnt to slow down when it comes to making important decisions. It may sound clichéd but with age comes wisdom. I have learnt from my past and have worked towards rectifying my mistakes and, teaming up with Bill, I will continue to do so.
6. Mr. Black, from what we have seen of your treatment of Kreacher the House elf, how can you assure the public that you will be able to treat all people and creatures civilly regardless of your past history with them?
RESPONSE: Again, I refer you to my response to Miss Skeeter, which has explored this question.
7. Mr. Black, decisions you have made, including your role in selecting a Secret Keeper for the Potters, your failure to seek help after you realized the treason of Peter Pettigrew, and your treatment of the House Elf Kreacher demonstrate a pattern of unwillingness to seek or accept advice from others. Yet neither you nor your running mate have any experience in government or administration, so you will certainly need practical advice to succeed in your plans. How can we trust that you will listen?
RESPONSE: Many of us lost dear ones, through no fault of our own, to the terrors of Voldemort. I hope that, at this stage in the healing process, we've all come to realize that when people start to question the trust of people we know and love, we are one step closer to losing what means the most to us.
When it came to selecting the Potters' Secret Keeper I did what I thought was best at the time. Little did I, or anyone else know then that Peter Pettigrew was working for Voldemort. I did my best with the knowledge I had at the time. As for my failure to seek help, at that time I had just lost two of my best friends. I was a desperate man looking for desperate measures. I have repeatedly spoken of the need to learn from mistakes and surely this whole episode was my worst and has taught me my biggest lesson.
During the course of this campaign I have made statements about Kreacher. Please refer to them and I sincerely hope this will be the last time I need to address this subject.
We have also answered the question of experience, it is true that neither of us have government experience, though we have fought for what is right and good. As a team, we are well-equipped for handling all situations and also understand each other well. We are surrounded by an extremely competent team of people and Bill and I are willing and able to learn from this group of dedicated people. We are always ready to listen to what they have to say and have often taken their advice. Teamwork is a vital part of our campaign and I believe that it gives us firm ground work to build upon, if elected to office
27 September, 2008
The fifth task was to compile a video about the candidates and their policies, reforms and beliefs. I'm extremely proud of the hard work that my team put into this and here's the video for you all to watch and enjoy.
OTHER QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Originally Posted by storyteller
Mr. Black, you became an unregistered animagus during your years at Hogwarts. How will you treat those that have done the same in the future. Will there be an amnesty to register with no repercussions?
I became an unregistered animagus when I was in my fifth year at Hogwarts to help a very dear friend who needed my support. It was an extremely complex transformation that needed a lot of skill, which is another reason why the Ministry keeps watch on those attempting animagi transformations. I do however understand that the laws regulating and registering animagi are not strong and can easily be hoodwinked. I do not believe in empty promises so I shall do my best and employ all possible practical methods to check and ensure the proper registration of animagi.
An amnesty for those who are unregistered could possibly be a good idea. I can obviously not place any repercussions on this, as doing so would be extremely hypocritical of me. Each case would be judged impartially and without favoritism, even for me.
Originally Posted by Pox Voldius
And what if the court were to rule against you? Would you honestly step down from the office of Minister for Magic and return to Azkaban prison?
I think it is unlikely that anyone would be sent to Azkaban for being an unregistered animagus, but it is up to the courts to decide the punishment. I would serve whatever sentence I was dealt, just as anyone who broke a law would be expected to do. We plan on reforms to the legal system, and I would have full confidence that my case would be looked at without prejudice.
Originally Posted by Pox Voldius
Thanks for the timely response. Could you explain further what "reforms to the legal system" you had in mind?
As I mentioned in my campaign speech:
If I am elected to this office I will strive to reform the legal system so that everyone can be assured of a fair, unbiased representation and that there is enough evidence to proceed before a full criminal trial is initiated.
I have several ideas about this, which I can elaborate upon in detail. One of them could be setting up of a committee comprising ordinary citizens, a separate one for each case, so that a completely unbiased judgement may be passed, which represents the point of view of the common wizard, as opposed to that of the Wizengamot. It is based on the Muggle concept of a "jury", which I'm sure many of you will be familiar with.
Originally Posted by Annielogic
The jury concept is indeed a good way of ensuring fairness and impartial judgement. I am glad to see you appear to be accepting parts of Muggle law. However, in Muggle history, even present day, occurrences arise where jury members or their family are threatened in some way, "been got at". What would you propose to do to ensure the safety of your jury members?
Thank you for your interest in our proposed legal reforms. You ask a very good question. The court system needs to remain secure from tampering by outside interests. The Wizarding world already has several ways to protect people who may be in danger. The most common means of hiding people is the Fidelis Charm. It could be used to protect jury members who have been threatened. An invisibility cloak could be used to transport them from one location to another. The charms and spells that people used to hide from the Death Eaters during the last war could be used to protect jury members. Their safety is integral to a reformed legal system
October 24th, 2008, 12:41 pm
The Charity was announced next and plans began in full earnest. Let me present to you , a sneak-peek. Believe me, the word "sneak-peek" is a gross understatement- it doesnt give you a glimpse, but atleast in our case, the whole story behind the Charity plans are given.
What went into the idea behind our charity, why and how- we show you here.
3 October, 2008.- Sirius/Bill Campaign Headquarters, Notice Board
4 October, 2008 - A Campaign team member's tentative notes for the Charity
5 October, 2008 - A Campaign team member's "To-Do List"
October 24th, 2008, 12:58 pm
11 October, 2008:
After all the plans and hard work that you may have understood from the earlier post, our charity was ready to be submitted. A charity, close to all of our hearts.
NAME: The Wolfsbane Foundation
The Wolfsbane Foundation's mission is to firstly aid those affected by lycanthropy and secondly, to ultimately fund research to find a cure to end the monthly suffering at the full moon.
The Wolfsbane Foundation - Making the full moon safe
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
Until there is a cure, we aim to provide a team of able potion makers and healers who brew the highly complex Wolfsbane Potion.This will ensure that victims of the condition can receive this vital potion before the full moon, thus easing the pain of transformation and rendering the wizard/witch safe to themselves and those around them.
In the event of a cure the Wolfsbane Foundation will aid the former sufferer's re-entry into society with help in finding housing and employment.
1. "Moonstruck" - A concert, starring Stubby Boardman, lead singer of the Hobgoblins. Also sale of CD's (starring the best of musical talents) and other merchandise.
2. "The Full Moon Marathon" - A Broomstick Rally held during full moon nights. The citizens of the Wizarding World can join the best professional Quidditch players in this awareness rally, to raise funds for the Wolfsbane Foundation.
3. An art exhibition where children affected by lycanthropy donate their drawings that are printed on and used as postcards and Christmas cards.
4. "Moonlight Dinner - The Feast For Funds" : A monthly feast and fair, where souvenirs, mugs, t-shirts, moonrocks (moonstones) etc. are sold to raise funds.
5. "The Wolfsbane Festival" - A Festival that entertains as it educates and creates awareness for those affected by lycanthropy.
6. The "Sponsor a Healer" Program - Donate 5 Galleons a month to help with the funding of these vital members of staff who shall help those affected by lycanthropy.
The Wolfsbane Foundation was created by the families of witches and wizards who are affected by lycanthropy. Its core objective is to make the lives of sufferers as safe, easy and as pain-free as possible. The majority of these sufferers are victims; they did nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Wolfsbane Foundation has two aims. The first is to provide the Wolfsbane potion to as many sufferers as possible. This potion is highly complex and only extremely able potion makers are capable of brewing it.
The Foundation helps to recruit potion makers as well as healers to administer this vital potion to sufferers in time for the full moon. This potion allows as pain free and safe a transformation as possible. Although the Wolfsbane potion helps aid sufferers, it is by no means a cure, and I have it on good authority that it does not taste good!
The Foundation's second aim is to provide funds to healers who are researching a cure for lycanthropy. It will not be an easy process and it will take time, however all involved in this important research are optimistic, enthusiastic and determined.
Bill and I are both proud to be associated with this worthy cause and will be pleased to help in any way we can.
As someone who has come close to becoming a werewolf and is still carrying scars of that brutal attack, I know how very important it is for the Wizarding World to help minimize sufferings of those affected by lycanthropy.
This foundation focuses on exactly that, creating awareness among the wizarding public and using funds to brew the extremely complex Wolfsbane Potion and trying to find a cure for the sufferers. We shall endeavor to help the society put an end to the stereotypes associated with werewolves.
Many a talented person has been degraded unfairly and denied job opportunities on account of his lycanthropy - no fault of his. That will be history and we look forward to a new beginning - a beginning that promises protection, understanding and equality.
Picture credits go to Kimagine and Lilyrose
October 24th, 2008, 2:20 pm
11 October, 2008
This is a Campaign team member's early notes, outlining the policies, plans and ideas.
Picture Credit:Beth83 Flair by Raven_Meadowes
October 24th, 2008, 2:28 pm
October 21st saw the first fundraiser for The Wolfsbane Foundation. It was a great success and the Black/Weasley team would like to thank everybody for their support especially the Witches for Wolfsbane group.
When all the ladies get together for a cause you know its bound to be something special.And yesterday was no less a day.
We had the opportunity to meet several enthusiastic witches who have joined hands to form the "Witches for Wolfsbane" Movement, which raises money for the foundation by launching a new range of dresses and dolls.
Here are some sample clothes, designed by Mrs. Fleur Delacour Weasley and Ms. Marie Cliffton.
Ms. Cliffton is a designer par excellence, who also works with Madame Malkins and we thank her for spending her valuable time with us for this charity.
To quote Ms. Cliffton:
"Its great to be able to contribute while just doing my job. Moreover, it has been a pleasure to work with Fleur, Gabrielle and all the other wonderful campaign team members."
THE DAY OF THE DOLLS:
This was a day of fun and frolic as all the lovely ladies brought along their children to make simple dolls,using minimal magic, which would be sold to raise funds for the "Wolfsbane Foundation".
The doll making instructor, Ms.Viola Foster says" Its amazing to see the enthusiasm of all the women here. Its for a great cause and to contribute to it in my own sweet way is a pleasure. The kids are even more excited and that makes my Workshop very interesting."
Dolls of all kinds, shapes and sizes were made. Here are some of them:
"Babble Bunny" made by Mrs. Marienne Smith and her daughter Bethany.
"Magical Couple" made by Stephanie and Athena Mayer.
An assortment of dolls made by the volunteers.
"Cuddly Clara" made by Alison and Clive Jones.
"Beautiful Dolls" by Gabrielle Delacour, Anna Richton, Molly Weasley and Victoire Weasley
"Toy Hanging" by Rita Linley
There are so many more..but to post them all would take up so much of space.We offer our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and paticipants from the "Witches for Wolfsbane" Movement.
In addition, Mrs. Fleur Delacour Weasley has been contributing to the charity,as has her sister Gabrielle.Also, our special thanks to Mrs. Molly Weasley for taking time off her busy schedule to join us for this fundraising event.
Meanwhile, the Healers from St. Mungos have been kind enough to display some of the dolls. This fundraising has been as eventful as any can be and we shall get back to you with more soon.
October 24th, 2008, 3:16 pm
22 October, 2008
Here's a letter from my brother, Charlie:
October 24th, 2008, 4:00 pm
22 October, 2008
"The Wolfsbane Foundation" chose a symbol of awareness- the grey ribbon. To support our cause and to show your support, sport the grey ribbon.
When this idea was announced, it was met with great enthusiasm and spurred a production of a whole lot of new grey products.
Here are some grey ribbons with which you can show your solidarity to our cause:
"Lifebands" have become the latest craze, especially amongst the youth. Bringing awareness about a Charity, is no easy task and these life bands and ribbons helped us to reach out to the people and carry the message.
Here's a sample Lifeband:
More such lifebands are now available in all the Wizarding Shops and also, in the headquarters of the Sirius Black/ Bill Weasley campaign team and the "Witches for Wolfsbane" Movement. Do purchase it and contribute.
Grey dresses are in vogue too. Madame Malkins has reported a surge in ordering grey gowns, robes and dresses. Again, many thanks to the volunteers who helped this message to transcend generations and bring awareness of our charity amongst all ages.
Ms. Marie Cliffton, Fashion Designer, smiles" Grey is now the new Black".
With more awareness spreading for this noble cause, we are very thankful to all who have contributed. Thanks to your valuable funds,the "Sponsor a Healer'' program is underway and as of now, 1000 wizards/witches affected by Lycanthropy have been relieved of their pain due to the regular preparation and administration of the Wolfsbane Potion.
All I can say is that, we sure are painting the town grey. Do join us:)
Pictures Credit: Lilyrose Flair by Raven_Meadowes
October 24th, 2008, 4:03 pm
22 October, 2008
My letter to Sirius:
No one knows better than you how important it is to have a fair and unbiased legal system. And your determination to learn how to transfigure into an animagus so that you could keep me company when I became a werewolf showed that you have a deep respect for those of us who are different than others. I know you will work very hard for both of these reforms because they have affected you so personally.
One of the things that I found most amazing about you was the way you stood up for for what was right rather than what was easy. It was one of Dumbledore's favourite expressions and I always thought about you when he said it. You stood up to your family when their views were different than yours. You joined the Order even when many of your family members were Death Eaters. And you would have died rather than betray your friends.
I remember our school days when you were sometimes rather arrogant and often bored. Somehow, you and James managed to get top grades and have a good time, too. But you matured into a very brave, loyal and dedicated Order member. I understood your frustration of being locked in Grimmauld House, but I admired your loyalty to the Order by residing there so that we could use it as a headquarters.
I think you would be a very good Minister of Magic. You are very intelligent, hardworking and dedicated. I know you will "give it your all", because that is the kind of person who are. You have my support and I wish you and Bill the best of luck in your campaign.
October 24th, 2008, 4:21 pm
We present you this article about the second of our fundraisings. Mrs. Fleur Weasley had mentioned about this to you, and here's the detailed report.
23 October, 2008
"Light a Candle, Help a Life" -its that simple indeed. In this fundraiser organised by our "Wolfsbane Foundation" candles were sold and lit by eager volunteers. The volunteers, Wizarding public and members of "The Witches for Wolfsbane" Movement thronged the Shackley Hall where this fundraiser took place. Such eager support raked in funds for the Wolfsbane Foundation's novel programs "Sponsor a Healer" and further research and analysis for finding a cure for Lycanthropy.
Damocles, the inventor of the famous Wolfsbane Potion also participated in this fundraiser along with wife Melina and daughters Kayla and Alys.The candle sales were very brisk and effective- thanks to the participation of the talented "Witches for Wolfsbane" Members and the campaign team.
Once night set in and the candles were lit, Shackley Hall was filled with a beautiful ethereal glow-an experience that one must see to understand. The crowd was thrilled and as the beautiful glow emanated from the candles, a pledge was taken by all the participants to do their best to aid victims of Lycanthropy and contribute by any means to the charity.
The atmosphere of the "Light a Candle" fundraiser was rejuvenating and wonderful. We present to you some pictures from the event:
This was a day to remember for all of us. "There's light beyond the veil"- we always say and as the glowing candles overcame the pitch dark atmosphere to glow with strength and vigour, even the most unpoetic minds could think of a hundred beautiful verses.
And all this, for a cause- and that was the brightest part of that beautiful evening.
Pictures credit:Lilyrose and Flair by Raven_Meadowes
October 24th, 2008, 4:54 pm
23 October 2008
Damocles, the inventor of the complex and powerful Wolfsbane Potion sent us this wonderful letter. We are glad that our charity has been effective.
October 24th, 2008, 7:51 pm
That has been our goal always and in this comprehensive thread too.
We have shared with you our experiences, our ideas, our plans and our promises. Working as a team, has been one of our greatest advantages. Team work, coupled with my passion to strive for what is right and my running mate Bill's energy and extensive knowledge of magical creatures gives us a solid foundation to work on, if elected.
To all those affected by Lycanthropy who have met us and shared their thoughts, to those wonderful members of the "Witches for Wolfsbane" Movement, to Damocles and the Healers and Potion Makers at St. Mungos, to all the other teams and candidates whose excellent performances have brought out the best in us, to all of you who have voted for us and to all those of you who have read through this thread, my heartfelt thanks.
Thanks to Bill and Fleur a most beautiful and kind couple, who have made the team feel at home in Shell Cottage. Special thanks to Victoire, for forcing me to help with her garden,Dominique who loves Snuffles more than Sirius:cool: and to Louis who's already an unending source of mischief and fun that I'm very proud of him.:tu:
As for my team, I'm as proud of them as I can ever be. They have been cooperative, enthusiastic (at times a bit over -enthusiastic, but that's the way I like them;)), energetic and with a will to give the best and leave the rest to the voters - something I immensely admire in them. I cannot thank them enough - not just for their contributions to this campaign and this thread, but also for their amazing friendship, lovely company and fun-filled meetings.:huggles:
I've gone through a lot in my life - I've stood up to my parents whose views severely differed from mine, I've spent 12 years in Azkaban unable to prove my innocence and I died fighting for a noble cause. Such experiences teach a lot and from them I draw my courage, inspiration and the determination to strive for equality, fairness and to make the Wizarding World a better place. I believe that every single line in my Campaign notes/ speech/ answers have conveyed that to you all - and that is all I ask for.
As of now, I have only this to say:
"May the best team win"
I enclose this wonderful signed card from my team and those related to it: