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Giving back to the community

Pro-bono work:

As a firm supporter of adult education, I have also done a lot of pro-bono work for The Gemmological Association of Australia (www.gem.org.au) who are a wonderful not for profit organization within the jewellery industry and passionate about jewellery and gemstone education.

 

Charities:

Gandhi said "Be the change you wish to see in the world".  If you wish the world was more altruistic, be more altruistic yourself. Giving your time or money to a charity that you are personally passionate about can be very fulfilling.  I donate to many different charities, but as I am such a huge animal lover, I would like to give them a voice here:

                       

If I ever lost my eyesight, I think the greatest gift I could be given is a companion such as a dog trained by The Seeing Eye Dog Association of Australia (www.seda.org.au). 

 

Melbourne Animal Rescue (www.melbourneanimalrescue.org) rescues and re-home dogs and cats who are no longer wanted, or are in death row at Victorian pounds. They do this via their dedicated network of foster carers – of which, I am one.

 

  coco

β€œThe greatest gift you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy

 

Movember (http://au.movember.com) I do love a good 'mo - particularly for a good cause.  Here are the handsome 'Mo-Bros' I sponsored

 Mo-Brothers 2012

 

Now, this is by no means a sponsored ad or a guilt trip, simply something to think about.  Sales is a profession where our skill and our attitude can usually have a positive influence on our income, and I know how good it feels to give some of it back.  I choose to highlight the above 2 companies to give the animals a voice they don't have.  There are hundreds of charities out there. Pick one that you're passionate about, do your research and have a think about giving them a few dollars a week or volunteering some of your time. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you – and you never know when you may need some help!