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Giving Back - How We Are Helping In Myanmar

 

 

 

The donation has been made from our last auction to benefit the surviving families of the Hpakant jade mine disaster of July 2, 2020 in which 174 miners lost their lives. ⁠⠀
Attached are photos of the donation being made to the center set up to help the families. I would like to thank Jordan July for his efforts in delivering the funds, driving 2 days, sometimes through dangerous territory. Thanks also to Gil Yuda, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to facilitate this complicated donation.⁠⠀
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When I started Joe Henley Rough & Gemstones almost 5 years ago, I could not have imagined our rapid growth and the opportunities it would provide for giving back. In a world full of need and calamity, there is much to be done and we are grateful to be in a position to help. To date, our social media auctions have raised upwards of $50,000. ⁠⠀
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That money has gone to a wide range of organizations around the world: domestic violence shelters, Australian wildlife relief following the fires, dog shelters, supplementing miners impacted by COVID, and now, this donation. To me, the highest and best use of social media is the chance to practice reciprocity – we support each other and in return, we support the greater good.⁠⠀
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There is a lot of talk about “ethical gems” and the importance of not only protecting the earth but also protecting miner rights and well-being. We believe strongly that ethical gems not be used as a mere marketing campaign but instead be something backed up with demonstrable actions.⁠⠀
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All of us at Joe Henley Rough will continue to search out those in need and find ways to help them. Of course, all of this would not be possible without you, our customers. You are the real heroes – and we are honored to facilitate your generosity.⁠⠀
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