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INSIDE: christmas giving
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 12/10/2007

HARRY: This year my extended family has decided not to give presents to each other. Instead we have pooled the money and are donating it. The process of choosing a charity was interesting (we finally went with St Jude’s in Tanzania run by Gemma Rice, an amazing Australian woman. It met our helping-kids-criteria and had an Aussie link which was important to us). While we were doing this I was reading Dave Eggers What is the What - an amazing fictionalized account of a Sudanese man’s plight. (And an excellent Christmas present for anyone trying to understand Africa). In the book Save the Children crops up as a powerful and positive force in the refugee camps. They’ve got the usual online shop (see the sweet baby’s hat above). They also have a very smart Christmas gift program. You can buy a mozzie net, or a goat, or fresh water and are making that donation in a friend or family member’s name. Last year our dear friends Ruth and David ‘gave’ us a beehive. This year maybe it will be a goat!

Categories: Christmas, Gifts, Harry

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