The Christmas season is a time to reflect on the wonderful things we have in our lives, and to ‘pay it forward’ to those in need. We’re always thrilled to hear messages from our supporters—especially those who have been helping children around the world thrive for a very long time. This week, former New Zealand All Whites defender, Sam Malcolmson, took the opportunity to share with us his Christmas reflections, and a challenge to those looking to do more this holiday season.
“Christmas always reminds me of how lucky I am to live in a country like New Zealand,” describes Sam. “When I think of what my sponsored child Paul and family who live in Kenya will be experiencing in their festive season, I somehow can’t imagine them sitting at a table of turkey, ham, healthy green vegetables, Christmas pudding, ice cream and many more treats. It is a time like this that I feel my child sponsorship is worthwhile, and I wish I could give more to this worthwhile charity.”
“At this time of year, while many New Zealanders are enjoying their Christmas dinner and surrounded by a mountain of gifts, take a moment to think about the ‘joy’ of giving to someone less fortunate. After 25 years [of sponsorship], I still have this feeling of guilt, could I do more? However, at the same time, I feel immensely proud that I have helped my sponsored child and family for nearly a quarter of a century.”
“The cost of sponsoring a child for a year is less than two cups of coffee a week—a small sacrifice to pay to give a less fortunate child the chance to make something of their life. I can guarantee it will give you a ‘feel good’ feeling that will last longer than two cups of coffee. So, my question to you is “Why Not”?”
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!”