Saturday, January 24, 2009


January is rapidly flying by and it is hard to believe that the holidays are at their end. It has been good to have a rest but I am looking forward to getting back into swing of things.

In doing some reading and cruising around the net I came across SurfAid. I'm not into surfing as such, but this organisation does show that doing something for your world doesn't have to be a separate compartment in your life, to that of your work or personal interests.

In 1999, physician and surfer Dr. Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves. The surf proved to be everything he had hoped for. What he also found, though, were the Mentawai people---mostly women and children-–-suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases. Troubled by the inequity of lifestyles and moved by compassion, Dr. Jenkins went on to establish SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs.

In 2009, how might we be able to use what we have (position at work, contacts, skills, interests or hobbies), to reach out with compassion, to alleviate the suffering of someone else?

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