Give us your votes

Here’s your chance to do your first good deed for the year.

Jessica Williams’ royalties from the sales of How to Give to Charity, plus the same amount again on top from the publisher, Icon Books, will be paid to the charity which receives the highest percentage of votes on this website.

Getting involved is straightforward. Please nominate the ‘Down’s Syndrome Research Foundation’ to have the chance of receiving the money. Enter your email address and the name of the charity in the fields below, and click Submit.

Please. All it takes is a minute. And you have no idea what a difference that can make.


And when you’re done, ask your friends and family to put in a vote as well. Many Thanks.


2 comments on “Give us your votes

  1. Here is an article from this week’s Time “21 years ago in Time” section, that very eloquently puts the “In Someone else’s Country” or the “torn-between-2-places” dilema an immigrant faces. Though I dont agree with the line that our country abandoned us..
    The wrenching issues facing IMMIGRANTS, including the sense of living a secret life, emerged into the public eye two decades ago.

    Every immigrant has a double identity and a double vision, being suspended between an old and a new home, an old and a new self. The very notion of a new home, of course, is in a sense as impossible as the notion of new parents. Parents are who they are; home is what it is. Home is the wallpaper above the bed, the family dinner table, the church bells in the morning, the small fears that come with dusk, the streets and squares and monuments and shops that constitute one’s first universe. Home is one’s birthplace, ratified by memory. Yet home, like parentage, must be legitimized through love; otherwise, it is only a fact of geography or biology. Most immigrants to America found their love of their old homes betrayed … They did not really abandon their countries; their countries abandoned them. In America, they found the possibility of a new love, the chance to nurture new selves. –TIME, July 8, 1985

  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. It summarises very well what I, especially, as a new “immigrant” feels. The last line ruined it for me though. My first reaction was that it was a very pompous, arrogant thing to say.

    Do our countries abandon us? In some way, people move abroad because they look for a life that is not available in their own country. Mr R’s main motivation for staying here (I believe) is his music and the cultural life that Europe has to offer. Although India has a rich culture, Mr R’s niche interest is not really UP there in the priority list of the Ministry of Tourism or Ministry of Arts and Music (sounds like something out of Harry Potter!!)

    Would we be here if our country offered us the same avenues to broaden our horizons, live a ‘quality’ life, be the best we can be?

    Perhaps not.

    Abandon is a very strong word to use. And not all immigrants have the opportunity to ‘find the chance to nurture true selves’. For a few extra rupees in the bank each month, they slave away the best years of their lives away from family and ‘home’, never blending in, never assimilating.

    Some people, however, are luckier. I count Mr R and myself in that lucky group. I’ve had the chance, in just this past one year, to do things that I could only dream about doing back home. I’m determined to make the most of what this country has to offer and then take it all back someday & put it to good use back ‘home’.

    Thanks for the excerpt. Was good food for thought.


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