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Oops. Meant to go back to 'higher archy' and change it and forgot. Should, of course, be hierarchy.
That's what I prefer to do these days Pentille. In the past, I have donated to a particular ward in local hospital where they were wanting a certain item. At least I know it's going where it should be. RNLI is a must.
Last week G/G I received two large envelopes addressed to my wife one from Viking tours and one from a Woolen house.I have a letter in my files which I send off to those people saying my wife passed away yet still they come.Viking tours are a new one we never ever used them in our lives so the selling of names and addresses must now be big business.I will vote for any party who vows to curb such assaults on our privacy no matter who they are as the constant reminders do not help.
Have just read in my local that my council spent £279,000 on the Olympic torch run and evening celebrations, to which we mere mortals were not privy. It was all centred in one place. Coupling that with the fact that all London Borough council tax payers paid for these games for years and very few managed to get tickets, it's adding insult to injury. Am fuming.
Some years ago after the boxing day tsunami I contributed to the DEC ( Disasters Emergency Committee made up of a number of charities.) They sent a receipt where my name was spelt wrongly. Ever since I must get at least one appeal a week through the post from the mailing list generated by them. All from different charities, but all with my name spelt the wrong way. I will not contribute to any of these again, as so much must be spent on fundraisers salaries, postage etc. Little if any of my money gets to where it is meant. I always give to the Sally Army, for two reasons. My grandad said that during WW2 when he was on the front line, they would have starved if it wasn't for the Sally Army. Also his mother was a SA major, came from London to educate the heathens of shirebrook (and ended up marrying one) I also give to the RNLI. If someone went round with a collecting tin when they launched the St Ives lifeboat, all the onlookers would surely dig in their pockets. It brought me close to tears that these men risk their lives in rough seas for no recompense whatsoever.Every time I go out in a boat, I feel a little safer knowing they are there If needed. They at least deserve the best equipment.
Fidgetbones- I totally agree. I feel the same way about our mountain rescue teams. I think it's appalling that these types of organisation have to rely on charity. Sign of the times isn't it- we seem to bend over backwards to fund disaster aid in other countries yet we ignore what's under our noses. It would be different if the country was booming perhaps- but it isn't, and I feel we should be looking after people here first. That may not be a popular view but I get angry when I hear about hospices or facilities for disabled children or similar agencies having to close because there's no funding available.
Totally agree Fairygirl- charity begins at home
Tina hit the nail on the head. Whilst the Olympics in London were great, the costs were obscene. Londoners who will be paying for it for years struggled to get tickets, even for 'fringe' events, whilst all the Suits, big names, and politicians showed up at all the events.
Why do they not build a permanent Olympic Stadium in Greece, to which all participating countries contribute? Better than now, when each succeeding country tries to outdo its predecessor, rather on the lines of 'mine is bigger than yours'.
Some of the money spent in the UK on the Games might then have found its way into a decent charity, rather than giving all those fat cats another nice ,free,jolly.
Petillie, my daughter spent hours every night prior and during the games trying to get tickets even just to get into the park itself as she wanted her 2 children to be part of it. Nothing. Zilch. Then had to sit and see empty seats that had been set aside for the elite. We had this stupid idea that, following registering at the start of it all, those helping to pay for it would be allocated tickets for at least one event. How very stupid of us. As for the money spent by the Council on the olympic run, we couldn't get near it and the evening bash was not available to the public. The other gauling part of it was that she never got to get into the Park when the games had finished before they closed it down!! Never been to the area where the Olympic site is, but I think the 'regeneration' is pie in the sky. Yes, the Olympics was a great event, but at what cost and who benefitted.
Tina - i agree totally. People should have had the chance to 'opt out' of paying. Like many others I thoroughly enjoyed watching it but how many have benefitted from the huge amount invested? As you said- your daughter tried to get tickets - couldn't - and then looked at empty seats. Disgraceful. Pentillie is right too- freebies for the suits and brown nosers etc. instead of ordinary people getting in.
Tina, just to give some perspective to these greedy, modern, times, - in 1966,(when I was living in Bexley, strangely enough ), I bought a booklet of 10 tickets for the World Cup matches to be played in London - 8 at Wembley, and a couple of play-off games at the now demolished White City Stadium. I saw all the games, which included the opening match against Uruguay, and the final against West Germany. Now, if this tournament ever comes back to London, what do you think the prices would be?
I paid £3.37 (£3.7s.6d in predecimal days) for all those games, and memories to last a lifetime..........any further comment, I think,is unnecessary.
We wouldn't get a look in Pentillie.
I feel sad for all those who so wanted to be there but never got the chance, A once in a lifetime event.
I actually liked football in 1966 and remember it well. BIL was fitting us a new bathroom and it had to be finished by kickoff!! He made it.
Just going back to comments about chuggers,I worked in a bank for a number of years,each Monday there would be a pile of letters cancelling direct debits to charities because people had been afraid to say no and felt intimidated.Its easy for some to say refuse but there are a lot of people out there who feel pressurised,besides which do you really want to give your bank details and signature to someone you don,t know?.
I refused a chugger at the door claiming to collect for cancer research. Her reply was
Don't you want a cure for cancer then?
Yes I do, but I don't want 98% of what I give going to the industry that is charity collection.
Gilly, I think I am a pretty strong person, but some of these 'chuggers' are very intimidating and, when you refuse, become quite offensive. The Charity they are collecting for will tell you they are all trained. Maybe so, but they are also paid!!! They are not actually employed by whatever Charity they are touting for but for some organisation who also takes a cut of whatever they collect or, rather, get people to sign up for. It's big business, I'm afraid.
I tend to choose charities that work through existing agencies, such as churches and voluntary organisations, so that I know a good proportion of the money I give will reach thse who need it. I believe in giving, but not so the fat cats can have a good time, as others have said. I like small charities because large and government run initiatives tend to waste a heck of a lot or just add to the fat cats' nice lifestyle and free jollies. Same with government aid overseas - a lot of it is diverted by the receiving governments. The real work is done, often at great sacrifice, by volunteers. Those are the people I want to fund. I love to hear of charities which give a starving family a few hens or a goat and teach them how to use them to earn their own living, or who care for the truly vulnerable. And I agree that it is a disgrace that hospices, etc, have to raise funds to ensure their own survival.
After a diving holiday in far flung Papua New Guinea, someone pushed a note in my case while it was being taken to the airport, to ask If I could help with schooling for someone. I made some investigations when I got home and found that girls do not usually get an education in PNG , if there is a boy in the family, he will get it instead.
I found a charity called Kids alive, that 95% of money given is used for education, medicines and food. I donate £20 a month to sponsor a girl in PNG. at Wewak For this she gets an education, a main meal each day, and medical care.
An american woman called Shirley Killoskey is an angel who is setting up a school, and an infrastructure so that the village can help themselves. A little money to us (equivalent to 2 cappucinos a week), can transform the life of someone with so little.
To see a group of children share a cold can of coke , and be so happy to receive a gift of a lollipop made me ashamed that our children in Britain, have so much but are never satisfied, always wanting more.When people here talk about poverty I laugh. Poverty is having no electricity, no food but what you can catch or trade for,
no refrigeration,sanitation, fresh safe water to drink. here we seem to think that poverty is not having a wide screen tv, or a new car.
Unfortunately, Fidgetbones, that's the way of the World isn't it. None of us like it how it is but there is very little one can do, except help out if and where we can. I like to think that what I give actually gets to the people who need it. In many cases, this hasn't happened and that's why I like to give to a specific cause.
When I could afford it, I donated to Dogs' Trust. I like that they never put a healthy dog down, whereas the RSPCA have a time limit on the length of time they keep a dog for.
I know someone who is a cat person. All of her cats are collared and microchipped. One went missing one day, she searched and put up posters, and someone rang and said that the RSPCA had been round, rounding up 'strays'. She checked, and found out her cat (who was being treated for an eye infection) had been humanely destroyed the same day as it was picked up (due to the eye infection). They hadn't even bothered checking for the microchip before destroying it, they only did it as an afterthought. So I won't support them. When I get another job, I will definitely start to sponsor a dog again.
I used to work for a national charity and moved on as did most of the staff we objected to funds that were raised locally by people's kindness and sheer hard work not being spent locally, and in my view used to fund ever increasing tiers of management. I now support the independant charity for the same cause which the break away staff formed. They guarantee that all funds raised by the people of that borough will be used to support people in the borough. I will also give for national disasters but how much of your donation actual helps the needy one can only guess.
It might seem harsh but I don't give to countries who starve their own people but have money & resources for weapons...or I don't think I do.
If you hear a loud yell it was me, as I went to unlock the door this morning two more of those plastic bags were in the letter box that is six in four days this week.What a waste of money for something that has almost fallen off the planet, who bothers with them now, I see the odd one around here where once most did conribute.I fell out with Oxfam years ago when seeing their oncosts and what actually went to aid people.Frank.