A couple of days ago, I donated two bags of groceries to Auckland City Mission.
The very next day I saw an article in the newspaper stating that the food queues outside the Mission were huge and unexpected, as there is still (just under) two weeks to go before #Christmas.
Apparently 250 people are being given food parcels per day.
How does that make you feel?
The thing that gets me the most is child #poverty. Right here in New Zealand, 1 out of 4 children go without their basic needs: staggering.
#poverty is everywhere, maybe next door to you, or down the street.
Just give a little this #Christmas if you can, you’ll be richer for it! #altruism
After reading an article called ‘Theatre of Life’ in Monocle magazine, about subsidised housing and financial aid for retired (notable) actors, journalists and artists in Munich, Germany: it affected me profoundly. The Foundation was formed in the 1970’s, after Werner Friedmann passed away and his wife, Anneliese (both journalists) set up the charity. The funding originally came from a circus, called the Stars in der Manège, until 2008. There is a rigorous selection process, based on need, for the 32 apartments across central Munich, with long waiting lists. You need to have contributed to the landscape of Munich, by way of work and reputation. All the (resident) creatives still thrive in the vibrant community, some who still write, sing and edit films. Brilliant. The art of gifting, or giving back is so rewarding and life-changing. Are you a philanthropist?