I am a big fan of charity. I used to chair a board of Trustees and have done several posts about charity jewellery on my ‘proper’ blog…but….there is one thing I really detest about charities.
For those of you who aren’t familiar these are the cold defying people who stand on the street encouraging us to sign up our direct debit details to support whatever worthy charity is paying them to be there. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything other than leading and worthy charities stood up there vying for our cash. It’s not that I dislike what they stand for, or how they’re going about it. Ok, so I would never stand in the street and chat with them, but I realise that in the difficult financial situation that charities currently find themselves in it is important to try and capture all areas of the market to raise awareness, and they clearly have success with this method.
Indeed several of my friends have had employment in this field and I even contemplated it myself at one time.
My issue is this.
Why must they congregate in groups?
I am quite happy to smile and say no thank you to one chugger on the 5 minute walk to the tube. I am less happy to do the same with three of four during the same distance. I appreciate that sometimes one person may be taken up with a potential funder, but I must admit I’ve never seen more than one occupied at a time, and I kid you not nearly every day in my walk to lunch or the tube, whichever side of the road I walk on, I pass a group of them, and they’re almost always all available.
What frustrates me even more is that some days I will walk past a group huddled together or basically just stood around chatting.
I don’t understand why they are so close together. Is it for moral support? Safety? So they can monitor each other?
I think that’s what I so resent about this group of fundraisers, turning one down nicely is one thing, but I admit by the time I have passed a few of them I have rather lost patience…