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CaptainVertigo
2008-11-22 23:36:10
"Eating To End World Hunger" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
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Sponsored Charity Walks
I do not set out to change the world nor to bring ill feeling or challenge motives. This is a mere meditation, not a polemic. I have no answers,just questions. But the topic is dangerous. Charities enjoy a certain aura: one might more safely attack newborn infants. So I proceed at my peril...... How has it come about that donors give to charities on the promise that certain individuals will head off to “walk the walk” sometimes in exotic places? I suspect that the premise underpinning the transaction is that the walker/climber will suffer terrible hardship or attain some difficult goal. The donor acknowledges the pledged pain by supporting the nominated cause. Now this is a logic I could readily grasp if the chosen activity were inherently distasteful e.g. marathon dishwashing, nappy changing, or rodent grooming. But rambling in the world’s great beauty spots is no burden: it is a joy, an absolute treat, a holiday of holidays. To illustrate and magnify the point let us consider a comparable process. The Bubonic Plague Society of Leinster badly needs funds. Idealistic foodlovers agree to fly to Paris to dine in gourmet restaurants for 14 nights with daytime visits to vinyards and cheesemakers for tastings. In return for the sacrifice of the gourmands donors pledge funds. No doubt it takes practice and determination to stuff your face for two weeks. Some form of sexual activity might provide a similarly fruitful analogy: perhaps university students agreeing to a prolonged sponsored orgy........ So let me pose the following rhetorical question. Is it not the height of madness to “sponsor” hillwalkers to hillwalk? And is it not more so when all or part of the expenses of travel etc is paid for by the same donors or other donors? You see what unnerves me is that the walkers, gourmands and randy students might all be said to love their chosen activity to such an extent that they are willing to panhandle their friends and communities ostensibly in the name of charity, but in reality because they love their chosen sport. The public would not countenance such self indulgence in the case of eating and reproductive activity, but foolishly forget that for the lover of nature a long walk is as good as it gets.
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