Spirit of the sea­son

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‘‘We sell at 30 or 40 cents a card and the char­ity charges any­thing from 80 cents to $1.80 per card,’’ Shu­b­itz says.

‘‘The fact the client is a char­ity does not change nor­mal com­merce.’’

It was by ac­ci­dent that Shu­b­itz, from South Africa, ar­rived in the greet­ing card busi­ness.

Orig­i­nally in com­puter pro­gram­ming, Shu­b­itz started work­ing in the greet­ing card in­dus­try when he ar­rived in Aus­tralia in 1994 and took his first job here. He went on to es­tab­lish his own com­pany in 1999, start­ing out as a one-man show but soon re­cruit­ing three oth­ers.

The four of them write all the mes­sages and do all the art­work for nearly 2800 or­ders each year.

It’s a world away from the cut­throat busi­ness of nor­mal com­merce where big bot­tom lines are the main game.

‘‘No busi­ness goes with­out chal­lenges, but it’s a beau­ti­ful busi­ness and we all love what we do,’’ Shu­b­itz says. ‘‘It’s just nice to be able to give some­thing back.

‘‘It gives each of us a sense of re­ward and nour­ishes our souls qui­etly and per­son­ally

‘‘For ev­ery $1 we give to a char­ity, we don’t in­tend to make any more than $2 for our­selves.’’

And life is ex­pected to get even busier for Shu­b­itz with the com­pany launch­ing an e-card ser­vice this year.

CHRIST­MAS CA­REER: Stephen Shu­b­itz pro­duces greet­ing cards that ben­e­fit char­i­ties.

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