Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008 - Poverty

Tēnā koutou katoa - Greetings to you allBlog Action Day 2008 - Poverty logo
Ralph McTell's Streets of London was written 40 years ago.

Its heartbreaking lyrics and haunting melody yield a story of abject poverty found
in every country throughout the world today. Ralph tells it as an observer.

When I heard this song in 1970, its story stung my eyes with tears of reality. At that time, I'd already seen poverty scenes walking the streets of my home town in Scotland.


How can you help?

  • You can make a cash donation to a charitable organisation fighting poverty.
  • You can donate food at the local community centre in your area. We have pickup points at our local supermarkets.
  • You can donate good clothes to a Salvation Army store or similar charitable outlet near where you live.
  • You can choose to take public transport instead of driving or walk to work on a day this week and donate the travel cost you save to a poverty charity of your choice.
  • You can tell your friends what you are doing to help poverty and suggest that they do likewise.

Ka kite anō - Catch ya later


Paul C said...

Thanks for sharing that meaningful song video, so appropriate for Blog Action Day. You may be interested in a short video clip that won for best short video recently. See:

Best wishes. I've got you bookmarked.

Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Haere mai Paul!

I visited and looked at your visual metaphor post. Kia ora for that.

I enjoyed looking over your other interesting posts - will be back for more.

Hey, it's great to have you visit Middle-earth.

Ka kite

Sarah Stewart said...

Thanks for your comment about my Blog Action Day post. I am rally really wary about donating to groups who work in developing countries - I have seen from first hand what happens to the money. At the same time, I am not in a position to work overseas as a volunteer midwife, although I would love to. So I am doing all I can to donate my time to work online with midwifery educators in Pakistan and Afghanistan, to help them with the development of their midwifery curriculum. I am really grateful that the Internet allows me to do this.

Blogger In Middle-earth said...


What a wonderful use to put the Internet to. What fraction of your time would be spent on the Internet doing midwifery in this way? Do you Skype, and if so, do they have all the technology there to do likewise back to you?

Good on you Sarah!

Ka kite