As you know, we’ve been somewhat focused on issues of hunger of late.

In July we announced that we would be supporting Melbourne based charity FareShare with a percentage of our August Gift Fair sales. FareShare rescues good food that’s destined to be thrown away, prepares it and redirects it to feed Victoria’s hungry and undernourished (learn more about FareShare here).

Very soon after we announced our intention to support FareShare, the UN declared famine in East Africa! Reports about the suffering in Somalia disturbed us terribly and we started thinking, how can a small business like ours stretch further and make a difference for those poor souls in East Africa?

So, we set to work and devised a plan – a Poetic Pieces pendant dedicated to raising funds for important causes, such as East Africa’s famine.

We went to facebook and our blog and asked everybody what quote would be the best for our fundraiser pendant, and in response to the feedback we got, we chose “Be the Change”.

It’s now nearly mid September. We’ve finally despatched the bulk of our August fair orders and have transferred our donation to FareShare. The first samples of our new “Be the Change” pendant have just been completed, so we can now finally introduce “Be the Change” to you.

The  “Be the Change” pendant will cost $55 (incl. GST) and will be available from participating retailers or directly from Blue Turtles.

Chains are sold separately.

$33 from the sale of each pendant will be donated to Action Against Hunger (ACF International), who has a presence in East Africa. We chose them because they were highly rated by independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. You can read Charity Navigator’s evaluation of Action Against Hunger here.

Please consider purchasing a “Be The Change” pendant, so you can make a difference in the lives of others.

* Note that the contribution we can make per pendant may vary with the changing market value of silver and exchange rates.

Thanks to REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya, courtesy for the East Africa newsletter image, and AP for the East Africa image in this blog post.

2 Comments for this entry

lorraine irvine
September 12th, 2011 on 6:40 pm

i live on the nsw central coast post code 2251. i would like to purchase a “be the change pendant”…i am not a retailer just an individual customer… i couldnt see on your site – shopping cart. if you cant sell to me directly … can you let me know who on the central coast of nsw would sell the pendant… areas around me are east gosford, erina, terrigal, avoca etc.

looking forward to hearing from you.

cheers Lorraine

December 7th, 2011 on 2:03 pm

Hi Lorraine,
Please visit so that you can purchase a “BE the Change” directly from us.

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