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A couple months back, I was trying to figure out how to thank all of you who have been so generous in contributing to I decided that I would pass along this spirit of giving by donating to some charities this holiday season.

One of the ideas that I've picked up over and over again through books, talks, films, and just observations in 20+ countries is that happiness can be found in giving to others. This act of giving back is what provides humans with purpose. Whether you're helping your family, friends, neighbors, or complete strangers across the planet, it is this act that empowers us to make a difference.

On behalf of the 75+ of you who've been so kind to me, I've decided to donate to Oxfam and Conservation International:

Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. With many of the causes of poverty global in nature, the 13 affiliate members of Oxfam International believe they can achieve greater impact through their collective efforts. Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development. We strive to be a global campaigning force promoting the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship while seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equity the same priority as economic growth. -

We are innovative problem-solvers. Our work is based on cutting-edge science, comprehensive partnerships, and concern for human well-being. With these three principles guiding us, we safeguard valuable species, preserve the most important landscapes and seascapes, and support communities that care for and rely on Earth's natural resources. To reach these goals, we focus on three strategies: dedicating ourselves to innovation, raising awareness about conservation, and maintaining business-like effectiveness. With this strategy, funded by the Future for Life Campaign, we achieve great things. (*Make your own donation by Dec. 31 and it will be doubled)

Oxfam, Conservation International, and I thank... Adam, Alex, Amy, Andee, Angela, Angelica, Ankush, Anna, Anthonette, Anton, my Australian family, Azad, Bao, Ben, Bill, Binh, Caroline, Charley, Cheryl, CJ, Corrie, Dan E., Dan L., Dan S., Donovan, Eliseo, Erica, Faisal, Gia, Greg, Harai, Holly, Jen, Jessica, Jim, John, Julie, Kate, Katrina, Kelly, Ker, Kirk, Kori, Kvit, Laura, Madeli, Manash, Melissa B., Melissa C., Mom, My N., My L., Myleen, Oscar, Pat, Paul, Phil, Pin, Pranee, Raiker Family, Rich, Rob, Scott, Seema, Shari, Shilpa, Tristan, Uyen, Valentina, my Vietnamese family, Walt, Willy, Yadira, Yasmin, and Yajayra


10 Responses to “Giving”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    The problem with you is that you do not have any sense of direction with your own life. You balk at the the first sign of criticism. Your fun-loving tour is about to end, and you are going to end up where you originally started. You are just circling through life without moving forward. That is your ultimate problem.  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    We strongly suggest that you start looking for a job now since there are several more weeks before 2008. When you come back, you are going to face the reality of unemployment. We hope you will find a job soon though. Best of luck!  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous


    You are starting to sound like a broken record. Get a new rap or be quiet.  

  4. # Blogger Tony

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  5. # Blogger Tony

    Look there's a field for you to fill in a nickname now. All we get is the same old rhetoric from people who are afraid to truthfully identify themselves.  

  6. # Blogger Shari Lynn

    It's as if you're coming home to be nothing more than a failure will somehow validate these idiots in some way. How shallow and simple minded are those who define themselves by the titles that they hold. Is the real meaning of ones life measured by the dollar signs on their weekly paychecks? Or perhaps it's their narrow mindedness that keeps them from perceiving themselves as senseless drones that work for this incessant culture of conformists defined by the capitalists of this country? Whatever the case, I'm sure it's merely fear that drives their disheartening comments that are nothing more then desperate attempts to redefine YOUR character as weak and superficial. The irony I see in this. Isn't it the weak and superficial that must always use their voice as the only weapon they have against people who define themselves outside of society's box? To all of you sniveling babies out there hiding under the guise of "anonymous" I say this; Stop Being Afraid! You should look to Tony as a means of reevaluating your own lives. When it's all said and done and your pondering your time here on this planet what will you remember most? Will it be the countless hours you spent punching some time clock, or will it be something more meaningful? Despite all the hopes of those of you who wish to see Tony fail in his life, I can assure you it isn’t going to happen. Perhaps we should be measuring ourselves by our own destiny and not the destiny's of others. That's the truest way to failure for sure.  

  7. # Anonymous Anonymous

    You're wrong. We do not wish for Tony fail in his life. Faith requires that you believe by disregarding for any evidence. Right now, you are living by faith. There is no evidence to support that Tony will gain ample employment once he returns from his trip.

    And as for working for a living, it is simply a natural condition of life. We live to work, and work to live. Every work needs to work to survive. Simple as that.  

  8. # Anonymous Anonymous

    And, here we are again! What good little recyclers ye are, folks! Have we come full circle yet?

    Tony, I applaud your giving this season. Keep on keeping on!  

  9. # Anonymous Anonymous

    That's what I would want to be doing at the end of my world trip. Thinking about getting a job! NOT!!! WTF? Look you have a couple of more months away. Enjoy each day and when you come home, you'll have plenty of free time to explore job opportunities.

    Party on while you can, bro.  

  10. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Hey Tony,

    thanks for your donation in our name. For anyone interested, there is also this cool website: where you can make a variety of donations to different causes.
    Enjoy the last leg of your trip!  

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