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The Star Thrower

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Social Investment – Starfish Foundation

The Starfish Foundation cares for vulnerable and orphaned children affected by HIV and poverty in South Africa. They invest in the future of over 12,000 children a year so they can grow into happy and independent young adults.

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“To provide the coordination of all logistics for the prize winner including flights, transfers, touring and any additional services at cost price to the prize winners.”


Thank you message from the Starfish Foundation


“Thank you all for generously coordinating the travel logistics for our South African Sojourn live auction prize at the Starfish USA Gala. Our wonderful board member, Heather Johnson, is the lucky winner of this prize, and I have copied her above so that you can contact her to arrange her trip to South Africa.

The evening was a smashing success and we raised over $120,000 for our education and healthcare programs in South Africa. These programs provide HIV and TB testing to thousands of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, as well as supplies and fiscal support to early childhood education centers and after-school programs, and serving hot meals to the children. Many of the children Starfish USA supports are heads of their households, some of them just 8 years old, so these programs can literally be lifesavers.

Thank you for the role that you played in making our Gala such a success!”

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