Yet another flyer tucked inside the Saturday magazines; but, to my mind, a truly unsavoury message, from yet another bunch of do-gooders who seem to believe that these black kids’ incipient blindness is firstly, our fault, and secondly, we should be shamed into handing out large amounts of cash to soothe our delicate global consciences.
Now, from my own experiences of these calls, from the earliest days I can remember, it has always been “Oh, its a collection box for those starving black babies”, as pushed by the local Catholic church. Or “we must all do our bit for this disease in Black Africa, or that problem, again in Black Africa.” Very few people ask “Why? Why is it always the West, and more importantly Brits, are always targeted by these so-called Charities?” I state so-called because, more and more, they treat themselves as Businesses, with targeted sections of the populace, with plans for gathering large sums of cash not only to do the so-called ‘Good’ they state their aims are, but also enriching themselves at our expense.
No mention of the fact that we, here in Western Europe, as well as America and many nations in the Far East have developed and maintain medical services for our own citizens, built from decades of taxpayers’ expenditure and experience. No mention of the decades of similar appeals for the blind/undernourished/destitute/poverty-stricken (delete the words inapplicable) from so-called Charities, large and small, who suck from the loose hind teat of British charitable giving.
Take, for example, the organisation which calls itself a Charity and goes by the name and title of Sightsavers. Now I have always believed in the old adage ‘Charity begins at home’, and this is really true in the case of Caroline Harper, chief executive of this business; and. by the way folks, it really is a business, with an income of £23 millions. Now Caroline has a PhD in ‘Energy Studies’, an Honorary doctorate in Science, a CBE and an OBE. Caroline has been CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Sightsavers since 2005. Now most Charity CEOs award themselves fairly decent salaries; because, as we all are told many, many times, you have to pay the going rate to attract the best applicants. On the ‘Shaming’ flyer distributed by means of the newspaper, we are told, bluntly, that we should give £5.00 to save this kid’s sight, because we can afford it, and we are a measly bunch of penny-pinching pillocks if we don’t. So how do you reckon we should view the fact that our Caroline collects the equivalent of 174,500 donations at £5.00 a pop from the suckers who give to this alleged Charity? Thats right, folks; Caroline was handed, in 2017, the slightly amazing sum of £872,519, inclusive of National Insurance and Pension contributions. Now Sightsavers may be doing decent work, maybe it doesn’t, but is it really worth paying Caroline 5.8 times the salary of the British Prime Minister?
So, in ending, I would simply ask Caroline; “Aren’t you ashamed that you were handed this huge sum, which comes directly from those contributions so masterfully squeezed from the pockets of ordinary people, as well as British Taxpayer contributions through the Dept. of International Development?”
Yes, Caroline, not only can I pass by, not only can I state, categorically, that I can’t afford it; but, with the extra effort and publicity generated by this nasty evil poster, I do hope lots of other people can’t afford it either!