Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Asia Earthquake Appeal 2005

I don't want to ruin my reputation but I've just made a donation for the Asia Earthquake Appeal 2005 from the Australian Red Cross. It was more money than I've donated in an entire year before. Those poor bastards need it more than I do.

When I was a kid it was awe inspiring when news about a major devestation took place but it didn't stay in the news for too long. Nowadays human tragedy stays in the headlines for much longer. And rightfully so. As a kid I felt helpless as I didn't have any idea how the world worked and what could be done to help people who had befallen such tragedy.

Well, it is easy these days. Jump online and send an aid organisation my credit card details. As long as the aid organisation isn't some Russian Mafia outlet then the money should get to where it needs to. And it is certainly easier for the money to be collected. I wouldn't say I have a favourite charity but the Red Cross gets the bulk of my donations.

6 comments:

megha said...

after we sent money to last year's tsunami relief efforts, we got to know that most of the money was used to pay the people working in the recovery campaigns, rather than those directly affected.

Hammy said...

That wouldn't have been nice to find out. But, I guess we can't expect everyone to work for nothing. Would you still have donated if you knew that it was going to be used to pay employees?

megha said...

hmm, yes. i think we would have, but it takes a bit of the warm feeling out of it. maybe i'm just being silly, though.

Hammy said...

We huh? Married then are you? Or was that a royal we as in all of us who donated still would have?

megha said...

married, lol, no. i'm only 18. i meant "we" as in my family.

Hammy said...

Ah yes, the royal we.