A glimpse of poverty inspires total sell-off

LIKE you, Aaron Moore of Cronulla is in the top percentile of the world's wealthiest people.

Selling it all: Aaron Moore of Cronulla is selling all his possessions to raise money for Global Concerns. Picture: John Veage

Selling it all: Aaron Moore of Cronulla is selling all his possessions to raise money for Global Concerns. Picture: John Veage

With roughly 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty, most of us are considered extremely wealthy.

Having come face to face with its reality in some of the poorest regions in Africa, the international aid worker and artist is doing something to rectify the disparity.

Mr 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," Mr Moore 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 his Christian faith, Mr Moore decided to put his money where it is needed.

"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."

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

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

UP FOR GRABS

Exhibition: One Thing You Lack

Venue:  Kudos Art Gallery, 6 Napier Street, Paddington

Opens: 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday, December 4