I like to think I do my bit for charities.
I don't have much, but in the grand scheme of things I have more than some so it's only right that I should do my little bit.
My problem is though that the number of charities I can contribute to are becoming few and far between.
Take for example the cancer charities. I always supported them on their collection days as I thought it was a good cause.
Now I'll cross the street to avoid the temptation of telling the collectors to fuck off with their collections.
You see, I discovered that these charities that were collecting cash "for vital research" were in fact funding the fat salaries of the likes of ASH [the anti-smoker crowd, not the animal rescue centre]. If they can afford to do that then they don't need my donations. And why the blue fuck should I contribute to the salaries of someone who campaigns against me and my lifestyle, and who is trying his utmost to "denormalise" me?
Then there are the children's hospitals. I recently donated a relatively large sum [relative to my income, that is] to one of the children's hospitals here in Ireland. Now I discover that that same hospital is "topping up" its chief's already fat salary by an amount that far exceeds my total pension. They say that the "top up" does not come out of donations but comes from their own commercial interests within the hospital, such as the sweet shop but that is just a load of accounting bollox. As far as I am concerned, if the hospital is so desperate for cash then they can use the profits from their shop to do something useful.
Every now and then there is a tragedy that hits the news. An earthquake here, a hurricane there or a drought somewhere else, Immediately the charities spring into action with appalling [and probably stock] photographs of the "poor suffering children". Am I going to donate to one of those charities only to discover that for every €100 donated, maybe 50 cents gets through to the victims after they have extracted necessary "overheads" such as massive salaries? They can fuck off. I'm not taking that chance.
So I am confining myself now to charities that I know and trust There are a few here in Ireland that I know do incredibly hard work on very tight budgets and I like to help 'em out whenever I can.
And there is always ASH.
Not the other ASH who just take fat salaries to lobby the government.
They can go fuck themselves.