LETTER: Generosity is what it's all about
TO THE wonderful children and community groups who funded the shoe-box Christmas parcels for school students in developing nations, you do us proud.
Your compassion and sense of giving at a time when the season focuses on getting, is truly encouraging. You are true heroes.
It displays the true spirit of Christmas to generations of children in developing nations, where Christmas is non-event.
It will be a highlight to children in a land known for conflict and political upheaval, where even basic needs are not met.
Children whose outcomes are dictated by politics; whose parents are subjected to the political landscape, living in poverty, without the infrastructure and opportunities which are a given in Australia, are so grateful for anything out of the ordinary.
Their sad lot in life creates a sense of hopelessness, which only your kindness and sacrifice will penetrate and possibly turn around.
We are blessed to live in Australia, where those who live in challenging circumstances have government and charity back-up.
No one need go without here, because of the spirit of mateship Australians are renowned for; for there, but for the grace of God, go we!
Location determines our life's journey; our opportunities and future.
It is the strong sense of community, promoting such willingness and charity, which young school children absorb by osmosis, that makes for strong nations.
Emotional intelligence restores faith in mankind. Empathy has far-reaching healing properties across the globe.
Children learn what they live.
When they see generosity in action, they become givers.