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Discussion in 'Philanthropy' started by Scott No Mates, 26th Dec, 2016.

  1. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    Sydney or NSW or Australia
    I have noticed that kids from certain schools are becoming more involved in social justice works (voluntary) both through school and continuing after they leave. This has involved travels to Aboriginal communities (Bowraville, Moree, Wilcannia etc), Africa, Asia & South American continents and working with the locals on a small but essential project or directing their career towards solving major medical issues in their graduate and post-graduate studies.

    Is there a growing trend across all school systems to make kids increasingly aware of the plight of others or only a value shared by the private/independent schools?

    Should these values be espoused across all schools or taught in the home?

    Does it affect your investment decisions? Eg NRAS or do you handle your contribution in other ways?
  2. Leo2413

    Leo2413 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    Sydney, Brisbane, Taiwan, London
    A few months ago my wife and I attended an aboriginal awareness seminar which was fantastic and real eye opening, making us leave with a greater level of understanding, compassion and awareness of their history and current issues they face and we can now educate others perhaps to certain points when conversation arises. We also have our few charities we generously donate to which are very important to us.

    With regards to our investment decisions, absolutely nothing else influences them besides risk/profit. That's it.
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  3. Marg4000

    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    The school I worked at did an annual trip to Cambodia where they had adopted an orphanage/school. Students did fund raising during the year to amass funds to finance the school for the next year, and while on the visit completed improvement projects.
    Many schools do similar projects. Friend's granddaughter is going to Nepal next December with her school.
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  4. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

    13th Jun, 2015
    I've found it to be common amongst Christian based schools but wouldn't be surprised if it's very wide spread.

    Projects at our school
    - sister school in Indonesia that fundraising goes to
    - physical visits to sister school to help during school holidays
    - christmas fundraising for Perth homeless
    - year 6s learn to knit and create blankets for Winter blanket homeless appeals
    - there is 4 or 5 fundraising events/free dress days etc with funds going to Canteen, World Vision

    In my own little world I support Kiva which is an international micro lender and is fascinating to me. Team Somersoft is going strong and welcome to new members.
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  5. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    Penrith, NSW
    In year 11 and 12 when i was a young chap we had to do x amount of hours community service as part of the curriculum. I started donating blood as i think it was best bang for buck to build up the hours with doing the least time on the job ;)

    Other outings were food trucks handing out food for homeless or other vinnies outings. Some arranged by the school or some you could find yourself.

    I think it's a good idea to get the kids involved directly rather than just hearing the threats from mum and dad "there are kids in Africa who don't have caviar for breakfast! "
    But you also need to be careful with the overseas ones and other organisations and how legit they are unfortunately. On 60 min recently was a story on the orphanages in Asia and how they were set up to get foreign whales over to donate money but weren't a real orphanage and were using poor desperate children to raise money for con artists. I think it's good to help in your own backyard first to see first hand what's really going on in the neighbourhood. To many issues overseas are from much higher up levels of policies and corruption.
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