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Month: February 2019

Mrs Mac

This afternoon, my high school English teacher, Shirley McCoombe, passed away after a battle with cancer. It has been many years since I saw her, and yet her passing leaves me at a loss. She was one of the great influences on my life, and I have no doubt that without the great Mrs Mac in my teenage years, there would be no Blue Dragon today. I was born and grew up in Sydney Australia, but just before my 12th birthday my whole family left the city to start a…

Some days

People sometimes think that leading a charity like Blue Dragon is a glamorous job. We’re out rescuing people from slavery, staring down pimps, taking on gangs that recruit kids. And yes, some days it’s like that. Of course, in reality our work rarely feels glamorous. There’s always a mountain of paperwork to meet someone else’s requirements. There’s always someone who thinks we should be doing things differently. There’s always the worry about how we’re ever going to pay for all the school fees and food and clothing and doctor’s bills…