Friday, 11 April 2014

Sponsor Juan as he carries 8ft cross 60km for unborn children

Juan Rios Perez 05 Tomorrow Juan Rios Perez flys out from London to Spain, where he will start a 60km sponsored walk for SPUC across the island of Mallorca, carrying a cross almost eight foot in height (exact size 240cm x 132cm).

Juan's walk will start at Lloseta and finish at the Oratory of San Salvador, Felanitx. He writes:
"I was born in the south of Spain (Malaga) to a family of traditional Spanish Catholic farmers. In 1980, I met my wife (Deborah) from London, on the island of Mallorca.  Two years later we wed in 1982.

My daughter Sophia was born 3 years later in 1985. By that time I had a business with my wife which stagnated during the late 1980s recession. By the end of 1988 we decided to sell our business as it had become difficult to keep running. We made the decision to move to London, my wife's home-city for good.

My son Jonathan was born upon my first year in the UK. At that time I was working as a professional photographer. I later changed my career, as I had very little quality-time to spend with my wife and children due to the work commitments of a professional photographer. In February 1991, I took a two-year catering course at Westminster College and qualified as a chef in July 1993.

Unfortunately, in June 2000, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She was given all the treatment possible but passed away in August 2001. Her death changed my life, and since then I have dedicated myself to Jesus, to preaching His word and reading Sacred Scripture.

Today, I am an active member of the pro-life movement. It is my voluntary sacrifice to raise money for the protection of unborn children. As a devout Catholic, my priority is always to serve God and my family all the days of my life."
To sponsor Juan, visit https://www.spuc.org.uk/support/donations or telephone SPUC on 020 7091 7091.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The gloves are off in the fight over "sexual rights" here at the UN

This week I have been attending the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations in New York. I have been working with SPUC's veteran lobbyists, Pat Buckley (pictured standing in the photo) and Peter Smith (sitting). We have been joined this week by the redoubtable Obianuju Ekeocha, pictured with us, representing Culture of Life Africa.

The ugly, anti-life agenda has been all too evident this week here at the United Nations. The gloves are off and war is being waged against the unborn, marriage, children and the family. The pro-abortion lobby - which is out here in force - is being led by the likes of Lynne Featherstone on behalf of the British government - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development. I will say more about that another day.

Here's SPUC lobbyist Pat Buckley's bird's eye view of what's happening:
"This meeting has to be viewed through the lens the original Cairo Conference on Population and development (in 1994) during which an uneasy balance was reached between the radical western sexual rights agenda and the more generally accepted societal norms for life and family issues.

"Tragically, the Cairo agreement, twenty years ago, has never stopped the anti life lobby from endeavouring to implement their complete agenda of sexual and reproductive rights, which includes, amongst other things, abortion on demand, comprehensive sexuality education for children and adolescents and acceptance of every form of same sexual practice plus same sex marriage.

"It has become clear during the conference that the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has been targeting some of the small Caribbean and Pacific Island States in order to promote their radical sexual agenda. Many of these small Island nations from Kiribati, to Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, and Papua New Guinea, suddenly began speaking up for the first time and became abortion and sexual rights activist countries overnight."
Pat tells me: "The population and 'sexual rights' lobby don’t care about the real needs of small Island Nations and developing countries. All they seem to care about is advancing their sexual rights agenda".

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Job opportunities at SPUC

10 April 2014
Support Development Officer
SPUC wishes to recruit a full-time Support Development Officer (37½ hours per week), whose role will be to inspire support for the pro-life cause through the organising and promotion of:
  • youth activities
  • clergy and religious group projects
  • SPUC branch and volunteer activities.
He or she will:
  • have an absolute commitment to the pro-life cause
  • be educated to university degree level or be able to demonstrate success at project management, as well as an ability to write and carry out basic research
  • enjoy working with people and possess good inter-personal skills
  • be willing to travel, and to work some weekends.
The position will be based in SPUC’s Kennington HQ and salary will be according to age and experience.

The deadline for applications is 12 May 2014.

To request an application pack, please contact:
Patrick Kingman, SPUC, Unit B, 3 Whitacre Mews, London, SE11 4AB. Email: patkingman@spuc.org.uk Telephone: 020 7820 3121


10 April 2014
Secretary to SPUC’s Chief Executive
SPUC wishes to recruit a part-time Secretary to SPUC’s Chief Executive (15-25 hours per week, negotiable).

Applicants must have:
  • an absolute commitment to the pro-life cause
  • a minimum of 3 years’ experience working at director/board level
  • be able to cope with a wide range of secretarial responsibilities.
Duties will include:
  • drafting letters
  • taking dictation
  • maintaining a filing system
  • assisting in making travel arrangements
  • photocopying and printing.
Advanced word-processing and shorthand skills essential. You must enjoy working under pressure and have excellent communication and organisational skills.

The position will be based in SPUC’s Kennington HQ and salary details are available on request.

The deadline for applications is 12 May 2014.

To request an application pack, please contact:
Patrick Kingman, SPUC, Unit B, 3 Whitacre Mews, London, SE11 4AB. Email: patkingman@spuc.org.uk Telephone: 020 7820 3121

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