Pay It Forward

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Become a cuffstodian and wear the peace cuff for a year to sponsor the less advantaged on our beautiful island. Photo: Lucky 8.

Beautiful bling is one thing, but beautiful bling that makes a serious statement and tells a story is a whole other game. When these limited QG Peace Cuffs crossed our desk, we were pretty smitten with their bold design and overall aesthetics, but when we heard the story behind them, we were immediately on board.

Made by Groovy Gurus design house with support from the Quincy Jones Foundation, the Peace Cuffs consist of solid 925 sterling silver with gold-plated sections and icons that represent the five major world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. The symbols represent the beauty of each icon at its core, and focus on the similarities between each religion, particularly when it comes to the messages of peace, unity and love for our fellow human beings.

Adding to the appeal is the fact that only 15 of these cuffs were created, each numbered from 01/15 to 15/15. But before you go and try and snag yourself one of these unique creations, the cuffs are not for sale. The only way to get one of these babies on your wrist is to become a Cuffstodian. By making a minimum donation of IDR10 million (USD $750) to Yayasan Solemen Indonesia, you can be the proud owner of a Peace Cuff for a year and directly help disadvantaged people in Bali.

Yayasan Solemen Indonesia was formed in 2010 to raise awareness and funds to support accredited agencies and projects for the disadvantaged in Bali. At that time Sole Man Robert Epstone declared that he was going to go barefoot until Solemen raised US$1 million. He chose to do this in solidarity with those who don’t have a choice to wear or not wear shoes. He then set off on an ‘awareness walk’ around Bali with a medical team from Anak Anak Bali (Bali Kids) that included frequent health education checks and presentations in schools, orphanages and villages.

Today Yayasan Solemen Indonesia works closely with aid groups and rehabilitation centres to seek out people in need and quickly assess and assist those who are suffering. They provide health and safety education, and where appropriate, therapy and medical treatment. To date they have helped thousands of people suffering from everything from malnutrition to mental illness and physical disabilities, and they have become one of the most well-known and trusted charities in Bali.

By becoming a Cuffstodian, your donation will go directly to needy and disadvantaged people in Bali. Each Cuffstodian is registered, certified and published, and gets to wear the Peace Cuff for one year. At the end of the year you have the option to donate again and wear the cuff for another year, or return the cuff so that it can be passed on to the next person on the waiting list. At that time your name will be engraved inside the cuff as a reminder of your generosity and custodianship.S.M.

www.solemen.org

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