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One Thing You Lack

Like most Third Way readers, Aaron Moore is in the top percentile of the world's wealthiest people - with roughly 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty, almost all of us are.

But Moore, having worked in some of the poorest regions in Africa as an international aid worker and artist, is going further than most to rectify his own privileged inequality.

Moore has catalogued each of his possessions and will put them up for sale at an art exhibition at Kudos Art Gallery, Paddington, next month.

At the end of the exhibition he will empty out his bank account with the funds going to grassroots organisation Global Concerns, which works on poverty reduction projects in Africa and Asia.

'I work mainly in Africa on food security projects in Malawi and Zambia, training poor farmers in ways that will help them yield better on their crops,' he said.

'Through this experience I have come into contact with a lot of people who are much less fortunate, suffering extreme poverty and it is frustrating seeing that and then coming back to the world I live in.'

Motivated by this frustration and, he says, his Christian faith, Moore decided to put his possessions to a new use.

'I could be sitting in people's huts and listening to them talk about their poverty and how many children they've lost to malaria, and then you come home and there are aisles of dog food and you start to think the way we live is crazy,' he said.

'A couple of people have said I'm crazy for doing this but when you look at the difference between Africa and here this is actually the sane thing to do.'

Moore will sell his bed, motorbike, photo albums, surfboard and clothes, along with everything he has collected over his 34 years.

He says anything that doesn't sell during the exhibition would be donated to the Salvation Army.


Exhibition: 'One Thing You Lack'. Kudos Art Gallery, 6 Napier Street, Paddington; 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday, December 4.