XX — the fren who prefers not to be named — who bought me lunch at PS Cafe yesterday told me a story about being roped in to a fund-raising dinner for a group of “do-gooders” from a faraway country.
She had initially planned to write a cheque for $500-$600 as a gesture to her friend who invited her to the dinner.
However, after listening to the testimony of the “do-gooders” as well as scrutinising their demeanour, she was neither moved nor convinced about their work. Worse, she wondered who was going to track that the money raised would be used on the causes highlighted. So, in the end she gave a token $50!
I understand where she’s coming from.
I’ve often wondered about the young adults, mostly students, who can be found near Waterloo Street Kwan Im Hood Cho Temple and occasionally in MRT stations trying to raise funds from passersby, for this or that deserving cause.
Even if I believe that the kids are no scam artists, I doubt all know much about the causes on whose behalf they are tapping strangers’ generosity. As for ensuring that the money goes where it is supposed to, I’m certain none of the eager fund raisers will have the wherewithals — or the tenacity — to do so.
This topic on being torn between genuine and bogus needs is particularly relevant at this time of the year when appeals are aplenty on behalf of the disadvantaged, to leverage on the goodwill of those who have as they enjoy good bonuses, parties, gifts aplenty and would therefore feel more generous than usual.
While the Boys Brigade and the Salvation Army are bona fide staples during this period — and may they continue to pull in generous support — there may be some donors whose coffers are overflowing but aren’t sure whom they can trust their donations with, after having already exhausted the well-known deserving ones.
If there are any in such a happy quandary, I would like to suggest to them to consider the Breadline Group, a charity I’ve supported for as long as it’s been in existence.
It’s low key; it’s small; it doesn’t bite off more than it can chew. It operates with minimal overheads from members’ homes so that the funds received can go directly to the families and individuals in need.
Its volunteers are hands on and abstemious and almost 99.9% of the funds received from donors go to the recipients. Volunteers sometimes even dip into their own pockets to help those awaiting approval for more complete help from the Government.
I say to those in the happy position of having money to give away and not knowing which charity to give to, then why not throw a line to Breadline?
Happy giving! Breadline makes sure your money gets to those who are really hungry!