Wednesday, April 14, 2010

practising values

Last weekend (April 10-11) a number of New Zealanders undertook a 36 hour 100 km walk around Lake Taupo. They put up with blisters and cold for the long term focus on raising funds to support Oxfam NZ’s “humanitarian, development and advocacy work to lift some of the world’s poorest people out of poverty” (Oxfam NZ, 2010). As a contrast with “greed is good”, “it’s all about me” and “I want it now”, the goal was to put up with short term pain, discomfort, and tiredness to fundraise to help the poor. These walks have taken place since 2006 and New Zealanders are continuing to support this cause. This year there were 350 teams taking part (about 1500 participants). This is part of an international fundraising effort that has raised more than $70 million internationally. (See http://www.oxfam.org.nz/oxfam_trailwalker/default.asp?s1=About%20Trailwalker)
There are all kinds of social justice activities in New Zealand that give us the chance to practise positive values by contributing to global needs. Another is Oxfam’s Biggest Coffee Break May 1 – 16 to raise awareness of Fair Trade. (See http://www.oxfam.org.nz/index.asp?s1=what%20we%20do&s2=issues%20we%20work%20on&s3=fair%20trade&s4=coffee%20break )

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