Christmas: A time for giving (a) crap
As a mum with two young boys - aged 5 and 7 - I am in the midst of what you could call a Christmas frenzy. The excitement of letters to Santa, the decorating of Christmas trees and wrapping of presents and the give, give, give giving of Christmas cheer.
Yet each commercial transaction, weighs heavily on my mind. I cannot escape the thoughts of how that money could realistically be better used to help so many others. People who lack access to basic medical care or a quality education or even a place to feel safe away from violence.
Don't get me totally wrong - I love Christmas time, celebrating with friends and family, watching the excitement of my boys as they revel in the magic of the time. But there is an inexplicable guilt that always hangs about.
So this year, in lieu of business Christmas cards or presents, I asked my valued clients to vote on three charities I could donate money instead.
All three charities I selected are valuable organisations responding to different societal and global issues - health, education and domestic violence.
There is the Against Malaria Foundation that uses the simple purchase and distribution of Anti Malaria Nets to dramatically decrease the deadly impacts of the disease.
The Ardoch Youth Foundation, a Victorian charity that bridges the gaps in education for our very own disadvantaged.
And lastly, the White Ribbon Foundation a charity with the mission to prevent violence against women.
You can visit each of the three charities websites at the bottom of the blog if you wish to make your own donation.
This year my clients strongly indicated they wanted my donation of $200 to go to White Ribbon Foundation.
I am so pleased my clients so enthusiastically got on board my Christmas initiative. I am pleased also that I was able to take a step away from buying crap to giving a crap.
A Holiday Message
These holidays take the time to appreciate those around you - your family, friends and most importantly, yourself. Celebrate, recuperate and, as they say, stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the end of 2017...Bring on 2018.