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LOOK WHO’S TALKING 184 | Humanitarian Hunger Nothing tastes as good to Alison Thompson as helping others. | By Riki Altman | Photography by Nick Garcia | She operated a rst aid station on Ground Zero for weeks after 9/11, collected body parts in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami and now logs serious miles traveling from Miami to Haiti to help residents of that country through a variety of relief e orts. Alison ompson knows her calling well. “No skills are required to give out water or a hug,” she says. “What you get [in return] is so much more.” ompson’s humanitarian e orts are well documented. The Third Wave —her book about the aforementioned experiences—hits shelves this summer, and a documentary by the same name she directed (yes, you can add lmmaker to her CV) will soon be out on DVD. Yet, these days, this Australian doyenne of good deeds seems more frustrated at having to make time for her media commitments than with the endless logistics associated with her philanthropic work. “Stu like that doesn’t mean anything to me,” she says of the recognition. Wanted or not, the accolades have not stopped coming, among them an Order of Australia Medal from Queen Elizabeth for her “contribution to humankind.” True to form, ompson is not resting on her laurels. She now devotes many hours to We Advance, a clinic that helps battered women in Haiti. On her downtime, you can nd her scouring galleries and vintage shops for the eclectic art and bric-à-brac that ll her Coconut Grove home. Yes, life-changing moments are par for the course in ompson’s journey. She even met her boyfriend while the two were in the volunteering trenches. And, while she’s far from glib about her work, she doesn’t forget to have a sense of humor about it. Just listen to her call to arms: “Come volunteer, get a tan, lose weight, save lives and fall in love.” M Thompson’s Hots Honor, volunteers, virtue, femininity, kissing in public, lateral thinking, Bertram boating, Cuban men, water desalination lters, Kakadu National Park, biodegradability, un-political correctness and heroes Thompson’s Nots Lying, plastics, petroleum, over shing, celebrities, overeating, black nail polish, Hollywood blockbuster movies, fake anything and pornography GOOD DEEDS Alison Thompson at her Grove home. | July/August 2011

Look Who's Talking

Riki Altman

Humanitarian Hunger

Nothing tastes as good to Alison Thompson as helping others.

She operated a first aid station on Ground Zero for weeks after 9/11, collected body parts in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami and now logs serious miles traveling from Miami to Haiti to help residents of that country through a variety of relief efforts. Alison thompson knows her calling well.

“No skills are required to give out water or a hug,” she says. “What you get [in return] is so much more.”

Thompson’s humanitarian efforts are well documented. The Third Wave —her book about the aforementioned experiences—hits shelves this summer, and a documentary by the same name she directed (yes, you can add filmmaker to her CV) will soon be out on DVD. Yet, these days, this Australian doyenne of good deeds seems more frustrated at having to make time for her media commitments than with the endless logistics associated with her philanthropic work. “Stufilike that doesn’t mean anything to me,” she says of the recognition. Wanted or not, the accolades have not stopped coming, among them an Order of Australia Medal from Queen Elizabeth for her “contribution to humankind.” True to form, thompson is not resting on her laurels. She now devotes many hours to We Advance, a clinic that helps battered women in Haiti. On her downtime, you can nd her scouring galleries and vintage shops for the eclectic art and bric-à-brac that fill her Coconut Grove home.

Yes, life-changing moments are par for the course in thompson’s journey. She even met her boyfriend while the two were in the volunteering trenches. And, while she’s far from glib about her work, she doesn’t forget to have a sense of humor about it. Just listen to her call to arms: “Come volunteer, get a tan, lose weight, save lives and fall in love.”

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