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IF YOU WANT to help people elsewhere in the world, join a Conversation Jan. 23. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
IF YOU WANT to help people elsewhere in the world, join a Conversation Jan. 23.
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We are so lucky to live in the Comox Valley, in paradise, but also in a community that cares about people.

Our community media are rich with articles about great projects. But knowing where to jump in and be effective globally is not always easy.

There is a myriad of options “out there” to help fight poverty and suffering in the world. And as we keep hearing many of those options don’t really help much at all. So, how do you know how to best get involved? How do you know how to put your dollars and efforts into actions that make a difference?

Maybe you are the kind of person who requests and purchases fair trade products already. Do you know the difference between fair trade and free trade? Maybe your dream is to set up a non-governmental organization or a social enterprise  to do something good in the world.

This will be the second topic of a three-part series called The Conversations offered by the Comox Valley Global Awareness Network. For this Conversation, Lynda Drury will present some of the conundrums of aid, fair trade and social enterprise that have arisen from her eight years of working in Southeast Asia running a fair trade business.

It happens Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at North Island College, Room 121 in Puntledge Hall. For details, phone Lynda Drury at 250- 338-4747.

— Comox Valley Global Awareness Network

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