LG Manager : CHRISTMAS EDITION 2013
Gifts of the imagination Help others suit up One of your New Year’s chores could well be downsizing your wardrobe to make room for those Summer Sale purchases. If so, rather than simply consigning your cast-offs to the local op shop or charity bin, spare a thought for those great non-profit organisations that assist men and women experiencing disadvantage to get and obtain work by providing training, support and – this is where you come in – kitting them out appropriately for job interviews. They include: • Fitted for Work (women) • Dress for Success (women) • Wear for Success (men and women) • Dress for Work (men). You might even consider running a business clothing drive in your office to benefit the organisation of your choice. recycle those runners A quick click through this issue of LG Manager reveals local government boasts many actual runners, let alone those of us who are walkers or simply wear runners for comfort. And a quick trip to the Shoes for Planet Earth website reveals there are kids throughout the world who’ve never owned a pair of runners – or indeed, any shoes at all. So if you’re looking to update your running shoes, or noticed your kids are growing out of theirs, and the shoes in question still have good soles and no holes, Shoes for Planet Earth would love to have them to distribute to those in need around the globe. Donate at shoesforplanetearth.com. volunteer your time Increasing numbers of Australians are spicing up their holidays by combining exploration and well- deserved time out with volunteer work that gives back to the local or global community (and might whet your appetite for becoming involved in LGMA’s international program). There is a wealth of local and overseas opportunities, including: • humanitarian projects (try Global Vision International (GVI), World Expeditions, Travel with a Cause) • conservation and wildlife projects (try Naturewise Conservation Holidays, Reef Teach, Earthwatch Institute. Earthwatch options are pricy but look fabulous; for longer volunteering stints, Australian Volunteers International is a good place to start. You may not have thought of it, but your time, your pre-loved runners or that quality but less-than-favoured suit could be someone else’s idea of the perfect gift. Owning a pair of shoes is a new – and joyful – experience for these children from the remote community of Ramingining in the Northern Territory. Krass Kringles and how to avoid them iT sMells and Feels alRighT and doesn’T TiCK, but you’re especially worried because this year the Kris Kringles weren’t drawn at random from Santa’s sack. Yours was bought specially for you ($20 limit), and you’re now not too sure if the quarter bottle of Bundy you’ve bought Waleed (just as a joke) was quite such a good idea. We’ve done some investigative reporting and it yielded this rich crop of crass Kris Kringles: • an Elle McPherson calendar given to a gay man • a set of recycled dessert dishes, still showing traces of chocolate sauce • a roll of toilet paper (i.e. you give everyone in the office the s****) • olive oil given to a girl who resembled Popeye’s chick • a penis-shaped incense holder • a rectal thermometer (however, it was the year’s acknowledged ‘prank gift’) • “yet another coffee mug!” Actually, we’re rather in favour of a nice (new) coffee mug or something equally ‘safe’ – at least they can’t be use to pay back, embarrass or even bully colleagues. Because, sad to say, that happens only too often with Kris Kringles, which tend to bring out the worst in us even though they’re associated with the season of good will. Strategies that can help keep your and your workplace’s Kris Kringles nice are: • arrange for them to be drawn at random • only buy something you’d like to receive yourself and show your grandmother. Oh – and make sure you’re not the one who has to sit on a groping Santa’s lap to collect your gift (nice one, Susan*)! * Name changed to protect the innocent. You’re turning over the beautifully wrapped package Santa’s helper has just handed you, wondering – possibly nervously – what might be inside. Will it be a welcome gift, a good laugh or a dose of embarrassment? 14 LGManagerChristmasEdition2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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