Friday, July 23, 2010

Evening Standard £1 million plea for The Dispossessed - can you help?

I was pleasantly surprised to get a seat on the DLR on Tuesday. Normally, I don’t get a seat on Tuesdays. Actually, I rarely get a seat on any other days as well. That’s a good thing really. It merely means that I get to go off work on time to be part of the ‘peak hour traffic’.

Anyway, there I was, settling into a corner seat and proceeded to scan through the daily offerings by Evening Standard until its front page header caught my eye. ”£1M Plea For The Dispossessed” it says. I spent the entire trip home reading about how the fund helped the down and trodden in London to get back onto their feet.

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Now, let’s be honest. Charity isn’t exactly the top priority in most of our caffeine starved minds every morning. It might be that we would prefer not to spend our precious evenings reading to underprivileged children, which is a really big commitment. The cynics among us hesitate to donate after reading all about bogus charities that give the rest a bad name. Some of us might be even be irked by media coverage of how some social benefits receivers got away with living in huge Kensington mansions paid for by the taxpayers money.

Then again, there are some deserving cases as highlighted by Evening Standard. I recalled a former colleague whose husband was a narcotic officer recount a drug raid a couple of years back home. Upon kicking down the door, the officers found not only a couple slumping over the bed, thoroughly intoxicated with god knows what, but they also found their 4 year old son hiding in a cupboard clutching a bag of glue and inhaling from it. That was perhaps his only solace.

I don’t know what has become of him but Singapore’s welfare system is almost non-existent compared to the UK or London for that matter. He is most likely one of those who have fallen through the cracks. There are bound to be segments of the society which remain behind even as the GDP continues to grow regardless of whether you choose to admit it or not.

We are measured not by how much we receive but how much we give. Cliché perhaps but it’s all quite true. Evening Standard manages to get the government to match our donations so every penny counts. Come on, even if we don’t do it for charity, consider it payment in lieu for the daily entertainment Evening Standard provides during our daily commute. Downsize that Starbucks coffee, even better, swap it for the office coffee for a week. Put off that novel that you have been eyeing and get another at your local charity shop. Spend some time cooking at home with your loved ones instead of heading out for a meal.

Every little bit helps. Donate now.

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4 comments:

William K Wallace said...

I read the same article and it is most certainly a worthy cause. Maybe the government should lay off the bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan for few days and give 10 times what the readers of the Evening Standard are giving!

C K said...

@William,
Oh, touchy. The cut in the quangos should take some edge off that.

Cashmere said...

I do my bit for charity every now and then... But I have to say it's not a huge amount though. :)

C K said...

@Cashmere,
Hey, like I said, every little bit helps!