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The dismay state of doing voluntary charity work
 
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Reggina

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My ECA group was having a hard time trying to organize a charity drive/concert.

From recruiting members to run the show, unlike events like bashes and pageants where help was very forthcoming, nobody seems to be interested to help out in 'less fun' charity event.

Unlike events like bashes where ticket sales was brisk, almost everybody on campus is less willing to attent a the charity event.

Unlike events like pageants where u see pretty girls and guys, people tend to be less willing to attend charity events where you see the disabled perform.

Everybody likes popular highly profiled events. Nobody wants to take part in helping the less fortunate.

And we were talking about a new social compact.

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schizo

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Reggina u were not by chance be talking abt love express concert?

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Reggina

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The issue is not which charity event i'm working for but the kind of 'bo chapness' that I've experienced while working. and sometimes, I do wish things can be a bit different but it's not to be and I can't blame people too because there are basically no tangible benefits for them. I'm just feeling disappointed. That's all.

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iridrium

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Don't have such low perception of your fellow undergrad.
There can be a lot of other external reasons.
Have you put in enough effort yourself?
pls stop having such negative impression of everything around you!

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piyo

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Ignorance about charity events is generally true on campus. People generally tend to go for more popular events or duties which fetch a higher profile.

When one whole cohort of students don't like to volunteer, what other external factors can there be? It'll help if you can justify yourself. Their parents forbid them? Or they spend all their pocket money clubbing and hanging out?

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synapseman

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Maybe it's because we've already be approached too many times by such organisations already. It's always in our face on weekends where kids (and u'grads) go about asking for donations. During NS we are encouraged to donate to Comm Chest. Some organisation is always sending stacks of greeting cards to my house, so that we have to send them back a cheque.

It's too much, too often and too direct. People don't like such things. Maybe that's why there's this stigma attached to any charity-type event simple because people want to get away from it. Also, most of the time, people don't know where their money goes to. There's a need to raise awareness as to what's happening, instead of just saying it's to "help the poor and needy". Half those people collecting donations on weekends don't even know what charities they're collecting for.

I'd personally stay away from charity events too, because I'm never too sure where my money would go. To the actual people in need, or to the organisation, or to finance the event itself? Besides, I've already donated quite a fair bit to comm chest over the years...

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kinetics

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Perhaps its really too much... with so many events these days carried out in the name of charity, the tendency is to go "oh not again". But as fortunate souls ourselves I think we also need to bear in mind that the dollar we donated yesterday will only be good for yesterday. Charity orgs will never have enough... but is that because we have not done enough???

Reggina I think you shouldn't fret too much. It may appear that people do not give a damn, but some may already be contributing in their own ways. Perhaps there is a better way to promote the charitable spirit?

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piyo

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hmm, but a charity concert should be different from normal charity drives. A donor pays for a ticket which enables him/her to attend a performance. So other than monetary donations, effort to attend the event is also vital the the morale of the organizers and performers.

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mystical_spirit

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There wasn't much profiling for the Love Express Charity Concert IMHO. I only knew about it because a friend was performing in it. Then I went around looking around campus for a booth to buy tickets from or at least some flyer or something. But no....so in the end, didn't go to the concert.

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HondaCivic

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I think when it comes to charity work, most people are just less proactive. The general mentality is that it doesn't benefit me, so why should i do it? But due respect should be given to people who have been very supportive and have been contributing to the well beings of the less fortunate around us.

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dot

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People are questioning the rationale behind big charity orgs like Community Chest and NKF where they receive big big donations and funding. I think the focus should be on charities outside their umbrellas and need just as much funding, help and concern as compared to the other less fortunates.

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kinetics

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I can't say for Comm Chest, but kidney dialysis is bloody expensive. Even with donations, monthly treatment costs run into thousands. NKF, receives little, if any, government funding. And with an increasing number of patients to look after, tell me, do they not need big money?

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