Don't let recent charity scandals stop you donating

WITH recent problems in our charity sector it’s clear that the public are starting to wonder about donating. Can I really blame them?

Well, no, not really. Money is tight at the moment for everyone. I completely understand also there is a lot of scepticism.

For example, people are petrified to donate just in case it goes into the wages of a CEO or a board of directors. But that’s not always the case.

We all heard about the Dogs for the Disabled having to make very serious cuts with their waiting list. As someone who was interested in trying to get a helper dog before Robbie The Robot came about, I can understand the stark realities that face some of these families desperately wanting a dog.

Think of it this way — if you were in need of assistance from man’s best friend and you were just told “due to lack of funds we can’t give you your Labrador for your needs”, it would be fairly devastating.

Take another organisation — like COPE or St Joseph’s. Both doing good work respectively in their communities. They are trying super hard to try and get their funds into the correct places without too much wastage as they simply cannot afford it.

To me, I feel it’s very important we do our bit for charity. It’s weird that after you do a bit of fundraising and volunteering the bit of pride and self-satisfaction you get after it. It’s like when you donate something as simple as clothes to the homeless, knowing a man or woman out on the street is that bit warmer because you managed do something for the community, not for yourself.

I know it’s hard, I know times are tough but please, charities are suffering, so please help out in any way you can. Think of the storms we got over the winter and all the homeless people and animals, wandering around, cold and hungry.

Think of that little disabled child waiting for his new helper dog, getting so excited that a dog is being trained to allow him lead a better, fuller, more independent life.

And finally, think of yourselves, if you found yourself in circumstances where you needed help, wouldn’t you like a friend to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, a person to pick you up when you’ve been knocked down and say it’s all OK? Don’t let a greedy minority change your mind about charities, just look into your heart and see the world of good your small change could do. And that’s what we should be trying to do, change.

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