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More bushfire stuff

By johnboy - 12 February 2009 21

Earlier in the week we had a lengthy look at things being done in the ACT to help the Victorian bushfire appeal.

Here’s a look at a few more that have come to our attention.

1. Coles donating profits tomorrow (Friday). Be a little wary when the profits are being offered rather than the takings. If you were probably going to shop at Coles anyway then doing it on Friday is a better day than most. But for a high turnover, low margin, business like a supermarket not much of your spend will actually end up helping in Victoria.

2. If praying is your thing there’s a “Service of Prayer and Reflection for the Victims of Fire” at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka at 1pm today.

3. Trevar sent in the following note from Canberra Rep:

    An Opportunity to Help

    The Preview Night for Canberra Repertory’s first production of 2009, I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick, will be a fundraiser for the Victorian Bushfire appeal. Rep will donate all the ticket takings (less booking fees) from the 19 February performance to the appeal.

    If you wish to attend for this performance please Book your tickets by calling 6257 1950, Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm.

    Tickets will also be available on the night of performance from 7pm – show starts at 8pm

    All Tickets $27 — If you wish to donate more at the time we will also pass that on.

(Note they are donating takings, not profits, this is vastly more generous)

4. The ABC reports that ACT farmers are sending fodder to fire afflicted farmers. 7 truckloads are planned.

5. But if helping (rather than just making yourself feel good) is the plan then the best thing you can do is give cold hard cash to the official Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009.

6. ActewAGL has announced that their conglomerate is chipping in $100,000.

7. Local MacDonalds have announced a seriously generous contribution of sales on Monday. With 20% of takings between 5pm and 8pm to be matched 2 for 1 for an effective 60% of takings (for arcane tax reasons one can only imagine).

8. The local RSPCA has announced the dispatch of two of their rescue vehicle to the South with the following note:

    At midday today at the RSPCA at Weston (Kirkpatrick St) the two rescue vehicles known as ARKS will be despatched to Victoria to render assistance to companion, production and wild animals.

    The vehicles will be loaded with supplies for specific wildlife care arranged through RSPCA ACT and its wildlife caring network.

If you’ve heard of more local offers and deals for the charity drive send them in to john@the-riotact.com .

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
More bushfire stuff
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realityskin 9:43 am
12 Feb 09
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Actually, i think the last one Coles did, or was it Woolworths, for the drought for the farmers, on a Thursday – raised 11 million. Hardly chump change !

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emd 10:06 am
12 Feb 09
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Brindabella Baby is donating 20% of all sales for February (including sales already made) to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Sales, not profits.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 10:17 am
12 Feb 09
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Unless your profit margin is 20%, in which case it’s the same thing. Or your margin is more than 20%, in which case it’s worse 😉

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peterh 10:30 am
12 Feb 09
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emd said :

Brindabella Baby is donating 20% of all sales for February (including sales already made) to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Sales, not profits.

who is brindabella baby? not heard of that one…

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Overheard 11:02 am
12 Feb 09
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In DIY Wotz on guide, but worth repeating here: concert in middle of Civic held by 666 ABC-FM from 12-2pm Saturday.

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tom-tom 11:43 am
12 Feb 09
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supermarket profits are around 4% so for a largish coles the donation would be around 5 to 10 grand per store which is hardly chump change

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johnboy 12:51 pm
12 Feb 09
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Agreed there’s some big money overall from these days.

But the idea that your personal $100 spend represents significant money to bushfire recovery is where I have the problem.

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The Brad 1:02 pm
12 Feb 09
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better to give a little bit (times numbers of customers), than to not give at all.

Coles are being charitable.

+1 to Coles.

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Mr Evil 1:10 pm
12 Feb 09
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I think we should donate Steve Pratt – because he’s good at cleaning things up.

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Overheard 1:20 pm
12 Feb 09
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Mr Evil said :

I think we should donate Steve Pratt – because he’s good at cleaning things up.

Laugh? Well, not out loud, but a dirty big smile. Great idea.

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tylersmayhem 1:20 pm
12 Feb 09
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Actually, i think the last one Coles did, or was it Woolworths, for the drought for the farmers, on a Thursday – raised 11 million. Hardly chump change !

Indeed.

But the idea that your personal $100 spend represents significant money to bushfire recovery is where I have the problem.

It just yet another way for people to contribute to what could be a collective several million JB. It’s a little more realistic for most families in the current economical climate to contribute in this way, rather than spend their weekly grocery money. It’s just plain facts.

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emd 2:30 pm
12 Feb 09
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If I have to go to a supermarket anyway, better to go to one that donates to charity than not.

As for Brindabella Baby, 20% is the average markup. I had to pluck a number, so that was it. Much easier to just say a % off the sales than try to work out what my profit margin was for the month and donate that. Better to donate over a whole month’s sales than just one day. And the people who’ve already spent their money this month will have contributed in a roundabout way.

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R. Slicker 4:00 pm
12 Feb 09
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I note Channel Nine/WIN are holding a telethon tonight from 7:30PM. They should announce during the opening speech that “iffy” donations will not be accepted – all money should be pledged unconditional without strings. By “iffy” donations I mean those people who say “I’ll donate $20.00 if the host kisses one of the panellists” or “I’ll donate $20.00 if the host does ten pushups”. I find this sort of thing to be the bane of telethons and let’s hope the seriousness of the situation this time will mean we won’t have to put up with it.

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Fiona 4:24 pm
12 Feb 09
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Think I’ll just stick with donating to red cross directly.

I have weird and wonderous memories of telethons as a child… the overnight ones that raised money to build hospitals, dancing mini ballerinas and big dog.

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p1 4:33 pm
12 Feb 09
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I’m glad that Ch9/WIN will help out by collecting some money from people that can be talked into helping. I seriously doubt I will be watching the show however.

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