Pottery Drinking Vessels Raise Funds for Peace
Can terrorism really be fought with weapons? Does revenge ever end?
Thirteen Seagrove area potteries have created special drinking vessels as a fundraiser for American Greg Mortenson, whose No. 1 New York Times bestseller, "Three Cups of Tea -- One Man's Mission to Promote PeaceOne School at a Time," explains his own efforts for peace.
Mortenson, through his Central Asia Institute (CAI), has built hundreds of schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where illiterate and impoverished children are prey to recruitment by terrorist organizations.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, 200 teacups, mugs and tumblers will be offered for sale, with the full purchase price being donated to CAI. Many items are specially inscribed for this event.
Copies of Mortenson's book in adult, young adult and children's versions will be for sale at several potteries.
Mortenson, who many believe will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, will be the N.C. State University convocation speaker Monday, Aug. 17.
After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's second-tallest mountain, Mortenson got lost and wandered into a remote mountain village in Pakistan. The impoverished local people shared what little they had and nursed him back to health.
He returned to the U.S., sold most of his belongings, lived in his car and tried to raise money to build the village a school. The skeptical villagers, who had heard promises from foreign climbers before, were astonished when he returned a year later with building materials.
In CAI's publication, "Journey of Hope," Karin Ronnow explains: "Ultimately, most Pakistanis and Afghans want peace. They want working democracy. They want more and better-paying jobs, good roads, clean drinking water and food to eat. They are fed up with violence and they want to get on with living their lives. And they know a better future for their children starts with education."
Vessels by Whynot, Thomas, Old Gap, Jugtown, From the Ground Up, Caldwell-Hohl and Ben Owen Potteries will be for sale at the individual shops. Vessels by Westmoore, Tom Gray, Old Gap, From the Ground Up, Dover, Dean & Martin, Bulldog and Cady Clay Works Potteries will be for sale at Cady Clay Works.
Items will be available exclusively at the shops until Aug. 24, when any remaining vessels can be ordered by e-mail or telephone.
More information about the individual potteries, as well as a request form for a free Seagrove area map, can be found at www.discoversea grove.com, or e-mail seagrovepottersfor email@example.com.
Potter Beth Gore, of Cady Clay Works, urges everyone, of all beliefs, to read "Three Cups of Tea."
"It's obvious that we, as Americans, are woefully uninformed about the people, beliefs and way of life in these areas of military conflict," she says.
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