Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Arts.Advocacy+Wellness: "Torya and Her Notes on Ubuntu"

Not-so-Secret Santas

By Jonathan Lang

Ubuntu's Communications Manager


Are you tired of grouchy sales people, losing your car in the parking lot, and listening to that Mariah Carey Christmas song for the third time while you’re standing in a ridiculous line at the register? Ubuntu Education Fund has some alternatives to bring some joy back to your holiday shopping.

Donating money in someone’s name always makes for a great gift. Besides truly being in the spirit of the holidays, it is a good way to teach children the importance of giving; a conceit that is central to the concept of ubuntu. No donation is too small. Donations can be made to Ubuntu Education Fund on their website

Ubuntu’s recent partnership with Little Passports also offers a wonderful way to educate children. Little Passports is designed for the next generation of global citizens. The company sends monthly newsletters to teach children about a country's geography, history, culture, and language in a fun and memorable way. By making the world a smaller place, you are teaching your children how their positive actions can have an impact beyond their community. They are offering a 10% discount through December 15 to all Ubuntu supporters.

For those on your list with a sweet tooth, Ubuntu’s partnership with Cranberry Island Kitchen serves up some of Maine’s most delicious deserts right to your door.  Toss that bark candy and enjoy one of their homemade Whoopie Pies. If you’re going to gain that holiday weight, you may as well do it for a good cause. You can learn more about the Ubuntu partnership on Ubuntu’s website.

Show the Fashionistas in your life that social-consciousness is more than a trend. They will appreciate the opportunity to ‘floss’ for a cause. Agapantha Jewelry has handcrafted the beautiful Ubuntu Lariat specifically for Ubuntu. With 40% of sales donated to Ubuntu, the

signature green and gold tones of this conversation starter transcend being a mere fashion statement; it’s a testament to compassion.If they’re tired of sporting gummy yellow bracelets, Until There’s A Cure offers a wide variety of bracelets to choose from. The Bracelet is the cornerstone of the foundation’s source for funding efforts in HIV/AIDS education, care services, and vaccine development. By purchasing and wearing The Bracelet, you make a meaningful commitment in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

If you’re in New York, why not do something different this year then watch the Rockettes’

holiday high-kicks? Support Broadway by purchasing tickets through Givenik You can choose to have a portion of the proceeds go to Ubuntu.

While gift giving is seasonal, generosity shouldn't be. Support the Ubuntu Education Fund, an organization who practices the holiday spirit all year long.

For givenik and the Lion King page:

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