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No birthday wishlist this year. Just a great cause.

June 3, 2011

Re:ACT StoryIn honor of her 31st birthday, SOLD volunteer Jade Keller is asking people to donate $31 to The SOLD Project, in lieu of birthday presents.  Her goal is to raise $1,031 by June 14.  That amount will finally complete the computer lab at the Resource Center that so many of you supported through our Global Giving initiative.  We wanted to give you a peek into one of the many creative ways that people support The SOLD Project and our work in northern Thailand.

“For my birthday, I would like to ask for a gift. But not one for me. Instead, I’m asking for a gift for children… with the whole world upon their shoulders. Children who know too much about alcoholic adults, HIV, poverty, and being left behind.

For her birthday last year, Jade asked for gifts to the Resource Center. Her friends and family generously raised more than $1,000 in honor of Jade’s birthday (the big 3-0!). In reflection on the many changes in Jade’s life in the past year, she writes:

I feel like I should be moaning and groaning about turning 31 (!) in just two weeks, but I’m actually not. Turns out, the 30′s are just lovely so far. One feels settled, having gone through the upheaval and roller coaster of identity issues of the 20′s, and can just relax and enjoy life.

And me? There’s not much I want for really, especially materially speaking. If I were standing in front of the Mirror of Erised, I might be raising a toast with a mojito in hand.

How lucky, lucky, lucky am I.

For those of you who haven’t read the Harry Potter series (say it ain’t so!), the Mirror of Erised reveals nothing more than the heart’s greatest desire of the person standing before it. As Dumbledore said, the happiest man in the whole world would look into the mirror and simply gaze upon himself.

(Who just got really excited about the final HP movie coming out next month?!  Anyone?! Bueller?)

Thank you, Jade, for surpassing a typical birthday wishlist this year and giving instead to the at-risk kids you now know and love. It’s such a great example of how people can support SOLD and raise awareness in a unique and moving way.

On our blog, we recently introduced you to Jade and her exciting work with SOLD’s students at the Resource Center. If you missed it, be sure to read it here.

Some students on SOLD's first computer

Jade teaching a drawing class at the Resource Center

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 3, 2011 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday Jade! What an amazing idea! You are such a kind and devoted person.

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