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To Donate to the President’s Star Charity or Not?

October 12, 2008

Did you know that the President’s Star Charity Show is on tonight?

Frankly, I didn’t know or maybe, I just didn’t remember.

The President’s Star Charity show has been running for as long as I can remember. In fact, I think it started around the same time as that of the NKF show (remember those shows where you had acrobatic stunts and you watched in amazement and called like mad to donate?)… well, those were the days. But because of the various scandals that evolved around charitable organizations, those days are gone.

Tell me… who on Earth who would want to trust a TV charity show and its causes again? When those who have done it – NKF and Ren Ci, have disappointed the public over the years?

The common response from people who are asked to donate when charity shows are on is, “What for donate to these charity shows because I don’t know who are going to benefit directly from them? I might as well, donate to that homeless and destitute guy who’s begging for money at the train station.”

Sad to say, I have that same mentality. What people and the charities really want is not a charity show that showcases different talents performing and flaunting their beauty and sexiness, (almost) ‘begging’ for donations and just plain wasting resources during the 2-3hours of broadcast.

Rather, we need transparency and accountability in place before we are thrown off with such entertainment which are in the name of a good cause. So what if the most important person in the country paints calligraphy? I need him to show me how the money that I put into this charity show, is being used in every single charity. I know it’s being use to help Charity Organization A, B, C… but how? and what way??

Before the charity show can begin seeing a spike in donations and overwhelming compassionate response from the public to donate during a 3 hour entertainment show, there’s a need to treat people who part with the money like shareholders of these charities – account for what they are being used for, how and well, who’s benefiting directly from it.

YES, IT IS DIFFICULT TO DO SO.

But without such transparency and proper accounting in place, nobody’s gonna trust a man or even a monk with a few million dollars.

So before that happens, I’m gonna maintain my stand of donating directly to charities, or donating when there are charity drives (but I’m already not trusting those coupon vouchers thingy.. oh well) or when I see/know a needy person. This way, at least I know that my money’s going into the right person’s pocket and not into someone’s personal bank account.

Maybe you should to.

please do not take offence of my opinions/take on this issue. i respect all those who continue to contribute to charities through mainstream donation drives conducted by the media and thank them for their generosity towards society.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Eugene October 22, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    I am seaching for some idea to write in my blog… somehow come to your blog. best of luck. Eugene

  • Reply Patricia October 25, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Hey Eugene,

    Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

    Regards,
    Patricia

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