Georgia on my mind

I’m sure you’ve all been there: someone you were at school with but haven’t heard from since then gets in touch via Facebook. You exchange pleasantries, a few reminisences, discover that you still have some things in common (an office job, marriage, kids, but probably not much else), and then it all goes quiet.

But sometimes you get a pleasant surprise. It turns out that the long-lost friend is not only still fun to talk to but is actually doing something interesting and worthwhile with their lives. That he has married a Georgian woman and is now living over there in Georgia (the country, not the US state) and is in the process of writing a book about his experiences raising funds for a local hospital.

Please take a minute to have a look at the Facebook group he’s set up (and join – it won’t cost you anything and it’ll help raise badly needed funds) and make a donation to the pledgebanks; a big one here, and a smaller, more short-term one here.

Update: you can also support them when you shop online (at, for example) by registering here. They’ll make a donation each time you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you.


3 thoughts on “Georgia on my mind

  1. Peter September 3, 2009 / 10:50 am

    Georgia: that’s quite an unexpected place to end up.

    None of my former school friends stepped outside the classic job, marriage, kids lines though (although on another level, I did) – but I’m truly impressed that some people do manage to make a difference in places that are really lacking basic necessities we take for granted.


  2. Erik R. September 3, 2009 / 12:53 pm

    Marrying foreigners is dangerous. You never know where you might end up.


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