Giv­ing for good

Good - - GOOD STUFF -

Ev­ery Box­ing Day in New Zealand, TradeMe is flooded with new list­ings for un­wanted gifts, and those list­ings con­tinue year-round – birth­days, wed­dings, farewells. Re­search from the US shows more than 50 per cent of peo­ple re­ceive at least one un­wanted gift each year (and on av­er­age three), with an av­er­age value just over $30 for each gift. Chris­tine Lang­don, Tracey Bridges and Sue McCabe won­dered ‘what if that money could be used for good in­stead?’ and cre­ated The Good Reg­istry. Peo­ple can cre­ate a ‘gift reg­istry’ for any spe­cial event and ask peo­ple to give to a char­ity they care about in­stead of giv­ing them gifts for them­selves. Or, gift buy­ers can pur­chase gift vouchers for The Good Reg­istry, and their re­cip­i­ents can choose the char­i­ties they love the most, to do­nate to.

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