04 August 2008

I Did Not Donate To Myanmar

Without even batting an eyelid, as much as USD 10 million is gone as a result of dubious exchange rates.

I am a person of humble resources. I want help but I can only help here or there but not everywhere. Hence, like many people, I have to make a decision to who I give my charity dollar.

It's not that I don't donate to say, NKF but rather that donation that I could have given to NKF is now being utilised somewhere else. Somewhere where I think for sure, that that my money can be put to better use.

How many of you are afraid of saying "No" straight in the face to the student carrying the donation tin during flag day? How many of you prefer to tactically maneuver such that the person in front of you screens the flag day student from you?

I used to do that in the past, to be honest.

Now, I just say it to them straight that I am committed elsewhere. They may go further to say that it won't hurt to just drop an additional 20 cents into the tin, to which I would retort that even with the extra 20 cents, it would still go into the tin of my choice.

Coming back to the USD 10 million dollar loss.

How would you feel, if I tell you that there is a possibility that your $100 donation is among the USD 10 million that never made it to the light of day?

You can buy a SHITLOAD of rice, medicine, water, milk with USD 10 million and feed a lot of people for quite some time.

How would you feel if I tell you that there is a possibility that none of your $100 donation bought anything mentioned above coz it vapourised the moment it left your hands?

How would you feel if I tell you that YES, the victims did receive tents, milk, rice, water, medicine but that there is a possibility that your $100 donation played no part in it.

Sorry Myanmar, I am committed elsewhere.

People displaced by Cyclone Nargis at a refugee camp in Kyondah village,
Myanmar, May 22, 2008.
REUTERS/Stan Honda/Pool

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. msvindicta left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 7:34 am ::
which is also why i refused to drop money into an envelope one of my colleagues passed around the office.
if even the UN troops had difficulty heading in, what more the money.

2. Ruok left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 8:19 am
me too, I'm also committed elsewhere.

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 9:44 am :: 
msvindicta & ruok: I just hate it when other people give you THE look when you refuse. Like isn't this supposed to be on a voluntary basis i.e. anyone is entitled to say no without repercussion?

4. Posh left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 10:10 am
I have not donated a single cent to Myanmar, simply because I did not believe the money would reach the people at all. If anyone would want to judge based on their self-righteous judgmental perception/principles, go ahead.

5. barffie left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 11:37 am
I am helping the community cats of Singapore by being deeply involved with the Cat Welfare Society. Can you donate pls?

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 4 August 2008 2:33 pm :: 
Posh: I guess you are right in the sense that we are not answerable to anyone as far as making our own charitable decision is concerned.

Barffie: Thanks but no thanks. I think feeding and educating needy kids are at the top of my priority above stray cats. Sorry.

7. Ruok left...
Tuesday, 5 August 2008 12:49 am
I get the look all the time... wait which look?

8. THB left...
Tuesday, 5 August 2008 10:20 am ::
Money in my pocket is better in tin donation cans.. Sad..

9. barffie left...
Tuesday, 5 August 2008 4:56 pm
Hahaha just jabbing you lah.

10. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 6 August 2008 9:38 am :: 
ruok: Well, definitely not your trademarked rapist look. That's for sure.

THB: I disagree with the old saying of giving till it hurts. Give whatever's comfortable with you. If you don't feel like giving, it is your choice that must be respected and not judged.

Barffie: I am not but I do want you to think about weighing needy kids vs stray cats i.e. who should you be helping. OK, now I'm really messing with ya.

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