Monday, April 30, 2007

Another scalper...

Got a lot of effort by this one, wrote a long letter to me at school (obviously saw the school mentioned in the paper) telling me her woesome life story, which if true, does actually sound pretty tough.

Not sure what to do with it, as I'm really against the idea of giving money to randoms who write in and ask for it, but I am also committed to giving away my 20%, will be an interesting one to think through...

As one of the teachers at school today said, 'Thats what the Salvo's and Centrelink are for' which is true, but I'll have a think...

11 comments:

Captain Best said...

I don't think you can just give money to randoms. This is only my opinion, though. I think you should give your 20% away to one or two places, where you know it will make a significant and appropriote difference.

Anonymous said...

......my bsb no. is 085 345 and account number is 2353 44567. Please find room in your philanthropic heart to send a portion of your winnings to me post hast as I need some beer money for the weekend.

Respectfully yours,

Annonymous

mitch k said...

agree with the captain on this one - if you really feel god calling you to give money to her then why dont you arrange to meet up with her and chat about it or whatever...

Karyn said...

How about paying for a specific need or supporting her financially to generate her own income? (I stole this idea from microfinancing in developing countries).
Giving money to "randoms" may invite more requests and you might find yourself paying for something you actually object to or would rather not support.
Keep us posted on your decision. I don't envy your responsibility. Sometimes it's easier to be 'poor'
:/

B.C. said...

I don't think you should just give you money away, maybe you could meet her? Or instead, not give her the money, but find out what she most needs, and pay for that?

Also. With Jono's comment. I know I'm pretty sceptical, but being involved with the whole charity shenanigans, it doesn't matter where you put the money, because a lot of the time, you won't know what happens with it, or where it will end up. When you pledge your 20% I reckon you should make sure you know the person you are giving it, about the organisation, and state exactly where you would like it to go and what to be done with it, and ask for reports or feedback on the progress after the pledge. Kinda went off topic. But think about it.

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