According to regulations in the Torah once 49 years had been counted the Jubilee was to be sounded by a blast on an instrument made from a ram’s horn.
It is really heartening to know all the great work that is being done by inspired people with the most wonderful motives and with few resources.
Just 35% of taxpayers gave tax-deductible donations in that year, averaging a contribution of just 0.43% of their annual income.
Andrew has been a wonderful on-call volunteer tradesperson at the café. Eddie is another who, with a call out of the blue, will come to Palms’ assistance almost immediately.
God only knows how and why I put my name on the Palms list to become a volunteer. It has been the happiest time of my life and a very rewarding challenge.
Palms Australia has three volunteers currently working in Kiribati. Theresa Murphy, at St Dominic’s Pre-School/Child-Care Centre ( Sacred Heart Parish, Teaoraereke), Marlene Rasmussen at the Diocese of Tarawa & Nauru office (Teaoraereke), and Helena Charlesworth at Sacred Heart High School (Bikenibeu).
I am currently installing a permaculture vegetable garden which is attracting many visits from students, teachers and the local community. Exchanging small plants is now a daily activity.
Somehow having believed I was invisible initially, I wasn’t invisible any longer, and the principal thanked me for visiting their school and bestowed a tais. I was quite overwhelmed and unprepared.
After a couple of months working with Lorrain, I came to realise the skills, potential, commitment, energy, enthusiasm and above all the willingness she has to ensure she makes a difference not only to our project and clients but also to the community in general; yes, a positive change.
To qualify for tax-deductibility, donations to overseas aid must be for either emergency relief, where for example a disaster has occurred, or for sustainable development programs. A number of criteria need to be considered, and since organisations often run diverse programs, blanket judgments can be difficult.