A couple of weeks ago there was the 'make up free selfie', again it was amazing how much money it raised from the power of social media, before that it was Sport Relief and no doubt there was something else again before that. We turn on our tv's/computers/tablets/mobile phones and charity is everywhere. You want to walk down the high street of your local town/city and charity is once again everywhere. Every twenty feet there is someone in a bright coloured top, armed with a clip board, trying to get your attention, tugging at your emotions to get your money. As I said before, I understand why they do this but does it ever stop? Will I ever be able to just walk down the street without being pestered by someone or another who wants me to sign up to 'just £5 a month'. Every week there is a different charity, every day there is a different cause in the media, everyday I made to feel guilty because I simply cannot donate to all of them. And then there are the charity workers who tell you that their charity is more important than the ones you already donate to. How bloody dare they tell me who is more important to me? I have the choice to donate or not, and who I might choose to donate to, I will not be made to feel like I need to justify that to anybody.
I have three charities that I give a monthly donation to and I regularly donate items to number of charity shops, and buy things from them. I do my bit and give as much as I can afford. I'm getting to the point where I am avoiding the likes of Facebook because my feed is clogged with people asking for money, photos that are designed to make you sad, and they really do. It impacts on my day and to be honest makes me feel depressed. Then I feel bad for those who don't have social media to spread awareness and raise £1m in a day. The children in Africa who die every day because there is no clean water, they just come and go and no one even knows they existed.
I guess what I'm trying to say is have we got charity wrong? Has it become too much of a competition? Whoever shouts the loudest gets the most money and sod the rest of them? And will I ever be able to walk down the street in peace again?
Thank you for bearing with my rant.