Dumped by a sponsored child


How would Bronwyn Pullar feel if she was dumped by a sponsored child? It cost Nick Smith his job, imagine if he had been a sponsored child:

 Is being dumped by your World Vision kid the ultimate rejection? If so, I can now add that notch to my belt. The announcement that my monthly $43 donation – to a 17-year-old Chilean boy named Jordan whom I’d taken on six years ago – was no longer needed came via a clinical form letter. Immediately my friends piped up like a chorus from an ancient Greek play, taking turns at being flabbergasted and accusatory. “Are you serious?” said one. “I didn’t think that was possible!”

“Was it because you were cheap?” queried another, wondering if I had been thrown over for someone offering a greater monthly stipend. And even more pointed: “What did you do to that kid?”

Pathetically little, actually. Aside from my monthly donation, our relationship was – I thought – tissue-thin, consisting of a few Christmas cards and perfunctory missives about what life is like in Australia scribbled hastily on notepad paper. So why was I so outraged when I got ditched? My brain churned with the sort of bilious thoughts that our minds must surely work overtime to keep tucked away. He was dumping me? Wasn’t I the one with the power? Shouldn’t he be grateful?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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