All I want for Christmas

GiftCatalogue.jpgI’m torn.

Most of us love receiving gifts and now that we’re into the Christmas season our thoughts go to giving and receiving. I’ve got to be honest and say that I’d love to get lots of exciting gifts this Christmas but while I’m being honest I also have to admit that there’s not really much that I need.

On the other hand there are millions of people around the world who, through no fault of their own, don’t even have enough to feed themselves or their families.

The Global Food Crisis continues to claim lives and the crisis is only deepening.

Compassion Australia has now released their Global Food Crisis Appeal Gift Catalogue. It’s full of a gift ideas that will save lives. Did you realise that just $14 can help feed a child for a month? How can we indulge ourselves with stuff we don’t need when such a small gift can give life? How thankful would we be if it was our child being saved with that gift?

Compassion Australia’s CEO, Paul O’Rourke explains the need for the catalogue.

Every night over 300 million children go to bed hungry. An emerging global food crisis threatens to widen this tragedy by forcing an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty.

Knowing that children are going without food for one day is bad enough, but knowing that, because of the global food crisis, children are going without food for days on end is simply too hard to stomach.

Here in Australia we may be feeling the pinch of having to pay a few cents more for petrol and food, but it is those who already struggle to live on less than a dollar a day that are paying the worst price of all – the inability to feed their children.

Here at Compassion we have committed to raise $2 million dollars by 30 June 2009. We are constantly asked if we have a gift catalogue, so we have combined the need to raise money for this urgent cause with people’s desire to buy gifts for friends, colleagues and family. We hope that as you eat dinner each evening you will pray for those who don’t have what you have, and when you need to buy a gift, as we all do, consider buying a gift that has more meaning than most.

Thank you for your support.


Paul O’Rourke
Chief Executive Officer

I hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy the giving and receiving of gifts, but I also hope that you’ll carefully consider helping those in desperate need by choosing something from the Compassion catalogue.

I don’t want my selfishness to contribute to the problem so I’m hoping that when people consider what gifts to give me this year they’ll choose them from a catalogue like this one.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Great post Rodney. I struggle with that too and I having a small house has been a good thing for me in that regard. I hope people will buy me gifts from that and the TEAR catalogue this Christmas.

  • Thanks for that Rodney! This is a great reminder for me to be shopping for gifts from this catalogue this Christmas & beyond! Personally, I would be so stoked to think that Christmas or my birthday gave my friends & family another reason to help save & improve the lives of less fortunate people …

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