I have some news to share with you today my friends, and it relates to something I have thought about doing for quite some time. It represents a significant step forward for me in terms of the kind of life I want to live and the kind of business I want Little Deer Studio to be.
You all know how much I care about our beautiful Earth and how passionate I am about preserving it for the benefit of all creatures. And I am just as passionate about things like human rights and equality and the importance of racial / religious tolerance and cultural diversity.
Human beings are amazing creatures. We have so much scope for imagination and creativity, and have the potential to achieve truly wondrous things when we put our minds to the task. Despite our many differences, deep down we are all the same. We all want to be happy and healthy. We all want to feel safe and to enjoy life. To me, we are one race - the Human race. We could accomplish so much if we worked together, sharing ideas and experiences. It breaks my heart to instead be surrounded by so much hate, and mistrust, so much greed and selfish exploitation.
I don't want to be a part of that. That isn't the kind of human I want to be. I want to leave this life knowing that I contributed in at least some small way to helping make this world a better place. That I made a difference.
I try to leave as light a footprint on the Earth as I can. I recycle as much as I can. I seek out sustainable products and try to support businesses that support the environment. I look for fair-trade certified and ethically produced materials instead of just searching for the cheapest items. But I want to do more.
So as of this month, I am making a commitment to do more.
This financial year, Little Deer Studio will donate 10% of all profits to an amazing organisation called Ausnep
Ausnep is a not-for-profit Australian organisation that provides free surgical and dental procedures to some of the poorest people in the world, who would otherwise have no access to health care.
The founder is one of the most warm-hearted, generous, kindest people you will ever come across. Her name is Loopy Kiddle and I had the pleasure and privilege of working with her in my previous life as a doctor a few years back. Loopy is an anaesthetic nurse, and when she is not helping to save lives in the operating theatre here in Queensland, she is working tirelessly in her spare time, raising funds and organising teams of surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff to travel to remote areas of Nepal where they set up their clinics and operating rooms and perform all manner of surgery and dental procedures free of charge.
In just one 5 day surgical camp, they can make a difference to hundreds of lives.
In addition to the surgical camps, Ausnep has also been involved in other projects, including delivering food and medical supplies to villages affected by recent earthquakes, planting thousands of trees to revegetate earthquake-affected land, providing delivery kits to women in remote villages and other medical supplies to remote health posts, donating toothbrushes and toothpaste to local orphanages and so much more.
AusNep was recently awarded a Kathmandu sponsorship, and it is so wonderful to see Loopy's work gaining the attention of big companies such as this.
As you know, a lot of the beautiful papers I use in my work are handmade in Nepal, and it seems fitting that I can now help to give something more back to the folks that have helped me to create the things I sell, to a country that has played its part in helping me to live the life I love.
To find out more about Ausnep and the wonderful work they do, visit the website: www.aus-nep.com
or follow them on Facebook @AusnepAustralia
Images in this post included with permission from Ausnep.