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Concern run for Ethiopia


mickterry

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I heard on the radio today an ad for a charity run in Ethiopia that is being organised by Concern. Could someone enlighten me why people have to go over there to do a run for charity when it could be done here and the cost of the airfares could be given to the charity. I just do not understand these things at all.
 


Dan_Murphy

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Its something that I never fully understood myself either, to be honest. But there are a lot of misconceptions about how to effectively give to charity, and this one isn't the worst, its just inefficient.

Very interesting article about misguided charity here. (Yes, its Cracked, but its sources are good!)
 

ruserious

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I hate concern collectors. That is all.
 

stopdoingstuff

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Anyway the Kenyans are much better runners, so surely they should do it.
 

shoneen

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As long as they're paying for their own flights/expenses then ok. Is this the case here?
 

Morgellons

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I hate concern collectors. That is all.
I just tell them I'm not concerned at all. That always makes them stop and think: they don't quite stop smiling though.
 

Druidess

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It's a chance to have a holiday, catch a bit of poverty porn and boost your credentials as a 'right-on' person.

That's what I would say were I a cynic.
 

ruserious

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I just tell them I'm not concerned at all. That always makes them stop and think: they don't quite stop smiling though.
It's the constant fidgeting on their tippy toes and stupid woolie jumpers and beanie hats that get me.
 

Druidess

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Half the money should be spent on contraception.
That is something we rarely hear anything about.

Population increase is the elephant in the room when it comes to issues of global concern.
 

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Running abroad (Or climbing a mountain, or shaving one's head) is going to attract more donations than simply saying "Look at Ethiopia, give me some money".

Also, most of these trips require the person to raise over €X in order to go. So you only get people who can attract that sort of money. Without the trigger event you don't get any money from them.

To put it simply, a person can raise Z without the novelty/sacrifice/attraction of the trip. It costs X to send them to Ethiopia and they raise Y in sponsorship for that trip.

If Y-X > Z then you do the Ethiopia trip. The charities will have done this math.
 

mickterry

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Running abroad (Or climbing a mountain, or shaving one's head) is going to attract more donations than simply saying "Look at Ethiopia, give me some money".

Also, most of these trips require the person to raise over €X in order to go. So you only get people who can attract that sort of money. Without the trigger event you don't get any money from them.

To put it simply, a person can raise Z without the novelty/sacrifice/attraction of the trip. It costs X to send them to Ethiopia and they raise Y in sponsorship for that trip.

If Y-X > Z then you do the Ethiopia trip. The charities will have done this math.[/QUO
Fair enough.
 

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Its something that I never fully understood myself either, to be honest. But there are a lot of
Its something that I never fully understood myself either, to be honest. But there are a lot of misconceptions about how to effectively give to charity, and this one isn't the worst, its just inefficient.

Very interesting article about misguided charity here. (Yes, its Cracked, but its sources are good!)
They also link the interesting and sensible articles of goodintents.org on this topic. It's good to learn something better than either debased cynicism or softheaded naivety that tends to go with the consideration of charitable giving. Thanks.
 

Kevin Parlon

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I heard on the radio today an ad for a charity run in Ethiopia that is being organised by Concern. Could someone enlighten me why people have to go over there to do a run for charity when it could be done here and the cost of the airfares could be given to the charity. I just do not understand these things at all.
I've a friend who is constantly doing things like this. Is it too cynical of me to privately note that these activities always seem to match nicely interests he already has and activities he loves to do? Probably.

When Ethiopia gets more of this
and


And less of this


The tragic and predictable result is this



and this

https://www.google.com.au/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_totl&idim=country:ETH&dl=en&hl=en&q=ethiopia population

Are Irish charities focusing on Family planning yet? Sudan and Ethiopia's population have both doubled since 1984 which can only be described as a failure in western led efforts to help these regions.
 

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