Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Big-O Birthday Party

I recently celebrated by 50th birthday party with a very select group of friends over lunch in the city.
Here I am demonstrating my prowess with chopsticks.

Some want to come to my party for the good company and lots of laughs. But, truth be told, it's for the desserts. You can see why.

I asked that, instead of giving me presents, my friends buy a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped, which resulted in:
  • Sewing training for a group in South Africa that offers support to women affected by HIV and AIDS, providing not only an income source and skills training but hope for the future,
  • Training for parents in East Timor to prepare nutritious meals for their children,
  • School fees for one year, including the cost of uniforms and books, for a child in Zimbabwe who has been orphaned by AIDS and
  • Support for a grandmothers' group, bringing together Indigenous female Elders to work with and support young people in the community.
No village goats, but, hey, there is always next year.

Others chose to give me a gift certificate from Kiva so I could make a loan to an entrepreneur in the developing world. My Kiva portfolio includes loans to Guatemala, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Togo. Not exactly blue chip in the conventional sense, but much more important than that.

But the best pressie of all the Hilary Clinton nutcracker. So appropriate.


Lindi said...

Happy 50th! Did you know 50 is the new 30, with the added bonus of wisdom? That's what I claim, anyway!

PaMdora said...

Happy Birthday! Delicious looking sushi, and love the nutcracker!