[First filed: Nov 3, 2010 @ 11:47]
Remember that item on RA a few weeks ago about women in the firefighting service bringing out their own charity calendar to raise funds for the neo-natal unit at The Canberra Hospital? The calendar was the ladies’ reply to the wildly successful male version which has been on sale for three weeks and proved an instant hit when first published last year.
Well, WIN News has reported that the calendar has been put on hold indefinitely due to a single complaint received by the ACT Office of Women. The presses were literally stopped halfway through the print run.
The bureaucrats now have to investigate the complaint and come to a successful resolution if the calendar is ever to see the light of day. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, and if a positive resolution is not forthcoming the whole project will be scrapped.
No calendars will be sold and no money raised for charity. Already three weeks of fundraising has been lost and if the complaint takes longer than anticipated to resolve there will be little point in bringing out a calendar at all this year.
What do RA members think about this? Should a single person lodging a complaint with a government agency be able to stop an entire fundraising project? And what was the exact nature of the complaint? Surely it is time to question the ethos of political correctness and feminist/sexism methodology when charities are denied funds simply because some little blob of nothing gets an ideological bee in their bonnet.
UPDATE: We requested comment from the ESA and have had this reply in:
The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) sought independent advice on the ACT RFS Volunteer members’ women’s firefighter calendar following some concern being raised.
Following this feedback, the ESA has no issue with the calendar and is pleased this fundraiser for the Canberra Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit will proceed.
The ESA looks forward to the community supporting this fundraising initiative by our volunteer firefighters in the ACT.