A letter in my local newspaper, headed "Let's all make a sacrifice"
"Please find the time to give what you can to help the people involved in the Asian disaser. If you do the lottery, give this week's £1 to the fund. If you do the lottery and win give at least 50% of your winnings. Just make a sacrifice and give something. Please get your friends to help.
If every single person in the UK was to give at least £1 then we'd have raised over £50m."
I don't think a £1 is a sacrifice.
Should we not have some sort of system where, whenever disasters on this scale happen we are all debited £1 to help? Not just in the UK but in every other country as well?
There has to be some "legal eagle" who can work this out so that any government, Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue can't get their hands on it. It should also be automatic that no tax is put on it. Why should we have to state that this is a "Gift Aid" to charities?
is right,there are lots of charities and aids that need 50M,our school has non-uniform day every term thats 6 non-unis a year and usually everyone pays the quid so they don't have to wear the damn thing!.thats £6,000 to whatever charity,but they can still wear uniform and not pay it,it isn't selfish,and helping someone at your own cost is sacrifice.UK has already donated 60mill,so there you go.ben
§, I have always believed that something like 1% (1p in the pound) should be taken from everybodies salary to fund all the charities is the way to go. We can still (at our own discretion) donate more or fill the plastic bags that appear at regular intervals on our doorstep.
My partner does a voluntary weekly stint at "Save the Children"
We always seem to have about 4 carrier bags full of stuff to take in. Unfortunately, Health & Safety rules won't allow anything electrical otherwise we have even more stuff.
Just been advised that the Sally Ann will take electrical stuff so there is some hope for us yet.
I got 3 old TVs, a Steam Cleaner and an analogue Satellite decoder to get rid of.