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OK so if I mention this word I'm sure it's going to be controversial, but I'm going to say it anyway. CHARITY! Well my gripe is NOT with charities as such but rather with celebrities that endorse charities.
Now don't get me wrong, if I was a pop star or a footballer or whatever and a charity I'm close with asked me to help them out, I'd be happy to oblige. We can all be cynical and say it's all free publicity but if it raises £25,000 for the local hospice, hey why not?
Credit to Ronan Keating. Although I loathe his music, I saw him talk about his mother who died of breast cancer and how he got involved in helping them raise awareness. I am saddened to hear of his mothers death and think that if he helps save other peoples lives then fair do's good on him, but the ones that get me are Bono and Geldoff. Do I really need someone worth about 150 million quid telling me how bad poverty is?
Do I really need someone worth about 150 million quid telling me how bad poverty is?
I actually support two animal charities and that's due to my interest in their welfare, not because some has been rock star made them seem trendy.
I walked past a disabled man in a wheel chair today collecting for some charity and I gave a quid; it's all I had on me actually. I do wonder though if disabled people are not 'trendy' enough for celebrities to endorse?
I'm sure there are many well meaning celebrities that do support other charities but the media seems disinclined to cover them. Maybe blind babies aren't that fashionable these days!
It all seems to be AIDS and Africa that seem to get all the celebrity status. All these glitzy bashes are done for these causes, but is this because they genuinely care or is it just another chance to prove to the public that they exist.
If Bono REALLY thinks that poverty should be made history, why doesn't he give all his money to charity and get a proper job like the rest of us. Let him struggle for a while trying to buy a 3 bedroom semi with a mortgage. Maybe then he would understand why some people genuinely believe that 'charity begins at home'?
By: Tarka the Impaler