As a city-dwelling lifestyle journalist, I tend to write about high-end spa treatments and the like. So when my editor at Chatelaine asked if I knew anyone who would travel to Mali in West Africa to write about the food crisis there, I was as surprised as she was to hear the words "I'll go." My time there changed the way I think about charitable giving. Mali is plagued with misfortune and desperately needs our help.
Sydney Loney is a senior editor at Chatelaine and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Elle Canada, Style at Home, More, Cottage Life and Today’s Parent. When not moving words around a computer screen, she teaches first-year journalism students that, despite evidence to the contrary, theirs is still a noble profession.
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