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Getting it right on giving

While light years away from the kind of philanthropy Andrew Forrest put on the front pages last week, I recently had my own brush with the complex politics of giving.

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Director at The Emotional Intelligence Institute
What a great man he is. I humbly only sponsor 4 children through World Vision but I have done so for over 20 years and love it! It's not much but the regular commitment is significant, as opposed to dipping in my pocket when I feel like it. Hardest thing is to know how to get the best leverage out of a small amount. What makes the most difference? And it's not just about money as giving time can be as important as giving money sometimes. We must all give back ... mustn't we? Sometimes giving a smile to someone who is lonely or holding the hand of someone who is depressed can be as significant. I once walked past a school girl who was crying her eyes out in St George's Terrace. No one stopped to ask what was wrong, so I turned around and spoke to her. Seems her mum had not come to pick her up and she had forgotten to bring her phone with her. So I lent her mine, she called her mum who was waiting for her some place else... then her mum arrived. It didn't need money it just needed caring. I wish I did things like this more often.

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