Outta My Face, Charities!

luca 10 January 2007 37

Were you like me over Christmas? Irritated that every shopping centre you visited was stocked with Charities all competing for your donation (Woden was particularly bad) ?

There is such a thing as public privacy but in their well-intentioned zeal, the Charities seem to overlook this. The minute I step out of my home a hundred little paws claw at me for money. I stay in my home and the same paws pound on my door! No escape!

And driving into Batemans Bay, after a long and sticky traffic jam, I was flabbergasted to see a welcoming committee of the rural fires people waving their buckets – as if imposing a toll for visiting the coast! I didn’t cough up on principle (and, yes, of course the rural fires charity is a worthy cause, most causes are!).

A problem with Charities is that they regard their cause as a licence to intrude on our public privacy. I’ve been harassed in cafes as I’ve lifted fork to mouth, so to speak!

I think there’s a more civilised way of soliciting alms. I think the Federal Government should establish a charity managed by a Board comprised of the usual culprits and taxpayers can elect to have a percentage of their income donated to the Charity and in return they get a sticker/badge that tells the charities at large you’ve made your donation and they should pester the Federal Government for a slice of the pie and not, not, not, not, bloody not … me !

[ED – the views of Luca are not necessarily those of RiotACT]

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37 Responses to Outta My Face, Charities!
luca luca 7:32 pm 11 Jan 07

I think anyone who donates to a charity is, obviously, doing a commendable thing, albeit, and let’s be frank here, its not too noble because there’s a bit of self interest involved (“I might have a heart attack” “I might go blind” “I might get MS” etc.). I think we spend too much money on human beings. There are other living things on the planet who have needs! Now I’m not going to use this site to spruik for my favourite charities because, no doubt, people will get their WIRES crossed and start to bitch and carry on! Keep donating!

miz miz 11:24 pm 10 Jan 07

ergo, charities have to market themselves to promote themselves, so that we can choose which ones we support (it’s a personal thing, right?), hence they are more and more in our faces . . . annoying us all. The joys of the marketplace.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:54 pm 10 Jan 07

Are you suggesting luca, that a young child, on an outback cattle station who gets bitten by a venomous snake is not worthy of an uplift via RFDS to say Mt Isa hospital to save their life?

Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned my last charity.

Anyway, it’s my choice, and nobody else’s opinons from here will sway my mind, so don’t bother trying.

Certainly not hijacking this thread….

luca luca 9:38 pm 10 Jan 07

Good for you,Vic Bitterman, but instead of contributing to the Charities that attend to the needs of the irresponsible, useless, bloated, self-indulgent, self-centred human animal,you might, just to spread your benevolence a little more evenly, consider the needs of the other type of animal? Just a suggestion.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 9:00 pm 10 Jan 07

I don’t give any money to any charity who knocks on my door, pesters me on the street/shops or who rattles a tin at my car window.

I choose a different charity each year, and depending how much tax refund I reckon I will get back, I will make a single donation of a few hundred dollars just before the end of the fin year.

Last time was the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Next time, dunno yet!

I figure by making a single tax deductible donation is about the same as slinging the above mentioned individual collectors a dollar or two every few days – always without receipts.

luca luca 8:28 pm 10 Jan 07

You didn’t lose your $, Podfink!

I, like I would imagine most people, resent being forced to do things. I will examine my humanity, if need be, at a time and place of my choosing – not when I’m trying to enjoy a meal and conversation with, say, my wife. Under my excellent proposal (as all my proposals are), the badge I get will demonstrate that I have examined my humanity and given a part (very small in my case, but worth every cent) of my salary to John Howard’s Charity Australia and I don’t want to revisit the subject again, thank you very much, and would you now let me finish my meal in peace!

miz miz 6:13 pm 10 Jan 07

All the charities are deserving in some way, so it’s a good idea to have a stock answer and a chosen charity you will favour, eg ‘Doctors without Borders is my charity, but thank you and good luck’. And NEVER donate via the spruiking phone call, just tell them you don’t do business that way, goodbye. If you foolishly ever do, you will be bombarded for years.

This Chrissie the skin treatment floggers at the ‘Dome were worse than any charity, they would not take ‘no’ for an answer, wanted to polish the nails with some fancy schmancy buffer thingie.

seepi seepi 4:39 pm 10 Jan 07

Think of it as forcing john howard to donate to charity.

barking toad barking toad 3:30 pm 10 Jan 07

Yep, giving away $1.00 to save $0.30 is good, despite being $0.70 lighter in the kick.

S4anta S4anta 3:21 pm 10 Jan 07

remember that donations to charity are tax-deductible. So holding onto it all for yourself may be satisfying, but giving to others might work better for you on June 30.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:19 pm 10 Jan 07

To Mr Evil – they can’t deprive them any more, I don’t think. No money in the dead.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:18 pm 10 Jan 07

Smile, shake your head, say no. Problem solved. That was a whole five seconds of your time.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:50 pm 10 Jan 07

The children in the pictures on the World Vision table never look deprived and hungry enough to me!

seepi seepi 2:44 pm 10 Jan 07

It is really annoying though if you work in civic or woden to be asked ‘to just stop for a moment’ by the same 6 charity collectors day in and day out during your brief lunch period.I stopped going into garema place due to the mass of ‘good causes’ everywhere.

Manny Manny 2:18 pm 10 Jan 07

Okay I am a doorknocker for charity and you would be surprised how much people actually do donate, I certainly was, I guess it is in your face when they are at your door, but there are some that just say no thank you. I would rather donate to the Heart Foundation and $2 donation is tax deductible remember!

burninator burninator 1:49 pm 10 Jan 07

Simply explain that you already donated/purchased/contributed/whatever, “yesterday”.

Not only do they leave you alone, but they’re apologetic for harassing you a second time, AND they think you’re a nice person!

Heavs Heavs 1:16 pm 10 Jan 07

bloody chuggers.

CouldExpire CouldExpire 12:09 pm 10 Jan 07

Those morons that are pushy and wont take no for answer give those who are being polite and standing back hoping someone may make a donation a bad name!
The other problem is most organisations are not transparent on where the money has gone or is going!

johnboy johnboy 11:50 am 10 Jan 07

Oh c’mon, it’s not being “challenged frequently by other members of your community to examine your humanity”!

It’s begging.

podfink podfink 11:42 am 10 Jan 07

I’m no gambler but I’d put money down that Luca doesn’t actively participate in community groups or local charities. Is your life so controlled that you are adverse to any colour or spontaneity? Why shouldn’t you be challenged frequently by other members of your community to examine your humanity? Perhaps you would prefer a “gated community” so as to limit your exposure to the great unwashed. Even better, you might try helping out instead of pointing your finger.

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