Like other important religious celebrations, Christmas is a time for the coming together of loved ones; our family and friends.
There is a common strand of truth and inspiration that runs through the heart of all legitimate religions and philosophies - Peace, Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Compassion, Faith, Hope and Charity.
When people live in the awareness that there is a close kinship between all individuals and nations, peace is the natural result. To quote Mother Teresa, who I had the honour and privilege of meeting a few times in my life - "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
Unconditional love is the most important and the most powerful gift we can give to each other, and especially to our children. Love brings to childhood a true sense of belonging, security, and the magic and laughter that is an essential part of a child's whole development – that of their minds bodies and souls.
I know from personal experience and growing up in terrible poverty and living on the streets as a child, that one small gesture from a stranger, one kindly response from someone, one smile can make all the difference; and that is why relief of poverty is so much more than giving money - it is about connection, compassion, empathy, and not contributing in the slightest way to any erosion of dignity to those living in poverty. We must see beyond the poverty that people are bound by, and remember that they too have aspirations and dreams and that they too are hurting and feel pain. Poverty for many is merely a birth lottery.. 'and there but for the Grace of God go we'.
Be Kind to All That Lives.
It is only through your kindness and your compassion that our Foundation can remain true to its values and philosophy, and I thank you from my heart for this. We pledge to honour your trust and use your gift of support to provide the highest quality of care possible to our children and their communities. We thank you for trusting and believing in our Foundation.
Please continue to send your donations however small, so we may continue to protect some of the most vulnerable children on our planet today and who are at very high-risk of exploitation and trafficking. Your donations will allow us to give them the gifts of love and family, who will respect, care and nurture them as individuals. Every child born into our world deserves this.
Any friendship founded on the basis of helping others is a friendship to be respected, protected, and one to be very proud of.
Peace and Love be upon you all.