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Cancelling Christmas - Corrosive Shame
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Cancelling Christmas
Last year, as the three or four avid readers I have will remember, I cancelled Christmas and instead made some donations to various charities etc.

Of course this isn't totally altruistic - as it saves me the bother of shopping - but at the same time I think it's about giving something to worthy causes rather than embrace the commerciality of the season which I often find distasteful or even offensive.

So, in a repeat of last year... I'd like opinions on what Charities to include in the list. Last year it was:
  • Amnesty International

  • Dr. Hadwen Trust

  • Friends of the Earth

  • Medicin Sans Frontiers

  • NCDL

  • Sumatran Tiger Trust

  • Shelter
Any comments on additions/removals before I do a poll beginning of next week?
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mr_flay From: mr_flay Date: December 9th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I already give money to Amnesty International monthly, and think they're one of the most important charities operating. I will add Medecin Sans Frontieres to my little list upon receiving a pay rise.

Action Aid is a worthy one, as is Sense, if you're looking for new ideas.

Did you know that Shelter started as a direct result of a BBC Play For Today?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll have a look at those to - thanks.

And yes - wasn't it "Cathy Come Home"?
mr_flay From: mr_flay Date: December 9th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed it was.
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: December 9th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I vote for the tigers again :-)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You vote later. This is the pre-poll not-poll :-P
mr_h_r_hughes From: mr_h_r_hughes Date: December 9th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Could I just say that Tigers, Pandas and their ilk get all the charity love but that less exciting and, dare I say it, less pretty animals need saving too. I have no specific charity suggestion but think that perhaps another 'nature charity' that is dealing with a less well-known but no less deserving species might appreciate some support.

I might get looking on the net.
ophelia_complex From: ophelia_complex Date: December 9th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
do you parents/friends go for this? How do you present this to them as a real alternative?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a bit of a mixed bag. I've not tried to sell it to the parents, but most of "my" friends seem to cope reasonably well. I'm just blunt about it.

Mind you, I don't really give them any choice - and if they wish to see me as ungrateful and ungenerous then that's their problem.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Suggestion...

5threplicant From: 5threplicant Date: December 9th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, one charity [very] close to my heart is http://www.nspku.org.

I myself was diagnosed with PKU [Phenylketonuria] as a baby and came out as one of the lucky ones. I now no longer follow the strict diet [although I have just looked at the website and notice they say that is a bad idea - oh, well..... ;)]

Not exactly a high-profile popular charity by any stretch, but I give to it occasionally.
robcee From: robcee Date: December 9th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
the Multiple Scelrosis Society?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm always very wary of medical charities because of my (fast and loose) ethics on animal testing. What's the MS society's position on that?
robcee From: robcee Date: December 9th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
No idea - and it doesnt seem to say on their site. However they do support a lot of biomedical testing, so its a fair guess that they may well support animal testing.

Still, they are on my list...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely. Like with so many other things in life - "Vive la difference!".
diffrentcolours From: diffrentcolours Date: December 9th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I give money to the Liberal Democrats and Electronic Frontier Foundation; if I had a job, I'd probably add Free Software Foundation Europe and Liberty to that list.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you don't mind folks who don't know you commenting! I work in a school and for harvest this year we bought goats for Africa. Go to alternativegifts.com or Oxfam. You can buy gifts but you get to send a certificate to the person you didn't get a personal present for saying what you got "them".
Just a thought?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not at all. If I didn't want people to read/comment then I wouldn't post public etc.
purplewizard From: purplewizard Date: December 9th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
My nominated charity would be the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: December 9th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Friends of the Earth is still my favourite, can I also put in a small word for a local one - St Basils (www.stbasils.org.uk) who do good work with young people in Brum who are homeless or at risk thereof.

They also employ me. Which is great.
laurah1893 From: laurah1893 Date: December 9th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do they have the ASPCA there? Or the Humane society?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 9th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have the RSPCA.
laurah1893 From: laurah1893 Date: December 9th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok I vote for that then.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: December 10th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
The ILPH is still my favourite.
quondam From: quondam Date: December 10th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)

NCDL = Dogs Trust, these days.
scary_lady From: scary_lady Date: December 12th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I donate to http://www.spinal-foundation.org as they help people with back injuries that conventional surgery writes off as a waste of time. I was one of them, and without them I would, by now, be unable to work or larp or dance or do much of anything I enjoy. Because they operate on the fringes of medicine and are universally sneered at by conventional spinal surgeons, they teeter perpetually on the brink of financial ruin.
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