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Guilt tripped by celebrities that endorse charities

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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?

Pictures taken in Uganda, Africa.

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


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Janey

How can the Beckhams donating their old unwanted clothes be seen as generous? I am on the minimum wage and donating money that I can barely afford. They could
donate at least one of their multi millions without it causing them the slightest financial hardship. Get real people and see it for how it is.
23rd Nov 13 05:11

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MikeP

Sad to hear that. 'A good bloke', as they say.
29th Oct 11 03:10

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Cynical Bob

Why are some people poor? Why are show business people rich? Why is royalty rich? Why is the church rich? Why are politicians rich? Why are business people rich? Please these are only general questions that go through my mind, I ask them knowing that there are exceptions, they are not invitations for harseholes to give red herring answers. The major problem I have with this site is the red herring answers.
19th Mar 11 01:03

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Cassandra

Did our 'charitable' country not give £455 MILLION away just a few days ago to one of our european neighbours? I'm for charity, I support animal charities as animals don't have a voice. Celebrities don't have a blinking clue about really being charitable, Ricky Tomlinson gave £1 million to a charity and didn't make a song and dance about it at the time, because he wanted to help and not get publicity. Why aren't we sending money to the poor souls in Japan or the children of Africa as tonight's programme was trying to get us to INSTEAD of sending money to a country that hates us and wants us dead!? David Beckham blew £3.4 MILLION on a bracelet for Victoria a few years ago, the entire continent of Africa could have lived on that for a good while let me say that much. Either practice what you preach or shut up rich cos I'm sick of hearing you sing the same song about helping the less fortunate every year when you clearly don't do it.
19th Mar 11 12:03

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Ravishing Redhead

My gripe is about charities.My hubby & myself have several standing orders set up,mainly for animal charities but recently I'm becoming increasingly sick & tired of them sending me letters asking me for more donations.I'm also starting to wonder how much exactly of my donations are actually going to the cause.I have been told that by setting up a standing order/direct debit reduces their costs but yet they still send out further begging letters.Also they send out ridiculous Christmas cards,tacky decorations & address stickers etc.How much of donations have been spent on them?As much as I love animals I am considering stopping some of the donations being sent to them.No,we aren't heartless,we've given more than £2,000 over the last two to three years,but this really gets to me because we're thinking to ourselves "Aren't our donations good enough?".One famous animal charity recently asked us to switch to direct debit instead of sending them cheques,which we did,within two months they wrote to us asking us for another donation to their cause & at the same time they sent us a silly calendar.Another one wrote to me saying that they had recently written to me asking for a donation & would I send them one when in actual fact I had already sent them one at that time! I felt really insulted.Some of these charities think that you are a bottomless pit.Anyway I'm glad I got that of my chest.Thank you!
3rd Mar 11 05:03

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Bank-Bank

I honestly don't see why celebrities can't just donate money like the rest of us and leave it there. what's the point in doing all these T.V. interviews and broadcasting about giving a charity 1,000 dollars. having an article about you in the newspaper or in a magazine. Oh, so and so donated 1,000 dollars to a charity that helps disabled children, that's mad unneccesary. talking about it here and there doesnt make you any better then the other people who donate money but don't care to become famous about it; the popele who actually do it from there heart and do it because they want to help somebody who is less fortunate then them themselves.You should not feel good about yourself if the only reason you give money to a charity is to become more famous or to make sure that people haven't forgotten about you.
28th Dec 10 02:12

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Teehee

It makes me laugh when a celeb is the nations sweetheart because of charity work and her cure little family awwww.......then they get caught up in assed scandal with premier league footballers or hookers and then we forget how much charity work they have done and concerntrate on the bad lol!
9th Dec 10 11:12

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DSG

Never before have advanced nations said to third world countries: We know that you're in a real mess, that your people are starving, that you appear incapable of supporting any kind of beneficial government, that you are liable at the drop of a hat to pick up a weapon and massacre your neighbours, that you are ruled by corrupt violent and greedy men - so here's a shedload of money!
6th Nov 10 11:11

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Maria

I work at a drop in centre as a volunteer. What I wonder about is who pays for the admin people who organise things. Also my friend works for the Stroke Association as a secretary, who pays her wages? If these are charities how come they all have good salaries/ Can anyone answer my query?
30th Apr 10 12:04

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lol

jknkjbnkvnklgjh n,mnghklhj ktklgjklcvmglxkxfgmjklgjhklgmjghthere should be no need for charity for in this country, if the powers that be would distribute the wealth that we have in abundance , but is misdirected into fighting illegal wars .and their own nest feathering,
then charitys would cease to exist.
im sick of seeing celebs seeking publicity from their association with the charity industry.
you can call me a cynic but I believe that if bob geldof had had a succesful pop career at the time of live aid in the 80s then he wouldnt have bothered with putting together that concert.
he has become a sir by his own egotistical publicity drive,(( something which he should never have accepted from a regime that is directly responsible for the slave trade, exploitation of 3rd world countries, and the british working class.)
anyone with any integrity would never stoop as low as to shake hands with presidents , prime ministers or royalty , all of which are the mafia in disguise along with the petrochemical industries and the freemasons.
funny how theres never a telethon for mental health charities, its always for kids or cancer, no celeb would go near something like MIND for instance,
wouldnt do their career any good being associated with nutters would it ?
19th Apr 10 02:04

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Pedro Rocks!

I agree. Why don't celebrities just donate money like all the rest of us and leave it there.

Don't have to go on tv, preach on the radio and do a special report in the newspapers.

Celebrities just do it for the "Look at me aren't I good person" accolade. Just donate in your own time and leave it there.
14th Apr 10 08:04

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bob

there should be no need for charity for in this country, if the powers that be would distribute the wealth that we have in abundance , but is misdirected into fighting illegal wars .and their own nest feathering,
then charitys would cease to exist.
im sick of seeing celebs seeking publicity from their association with the charity industry.
you can call me a cynic but I believe that if bob geldof had had a succesful pop career at the time of live aid in the 80s then he wouldnt have bothered with putting together that concert.
he has become a sir by his own egotistical publicity drive,(( something which he should never have accepted from a regime that is directly responsible for the slave trade, exploitation of 3rd world countries, and the british working class.)
anyone with any integrity would never stoop as low as to shake hands with presidents , prime ministers or royalty , all of which are the mafia in disguise along with the petrochemical industries and the freemasons.
funny how theres never a telethon for mental health charities, its always for kids or cancer, no celeb would go near something like MIND for instance,
wouldnt do their career any good being associated with nutters would it ?
21st Nov 09 06:11

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britishredcross

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Escala marked the start of Red Cross Appeal Week on their social networking channels – including Twitter, Facebook and their website – reaching nearly 150,000 people. In the run up to the charity’s annual fundraising week, the glamorous string quartet encouraged supporters to fundraise as they toured the UK in a publicity tour. Escala have now visited Red Cross projects in London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle, as well as taking part in a first aid training course.
Read more on www.redcross.org.uk/appealweek
11th May 09 10:05

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Dave Smith

Sorry Freddy I meant Africa and Animals I have a problem with
6th Jan 09 12:01

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Handyman

Years ago I worked at a newly opened home for the elderly,the home was immaculate and everyone was really excited about which celebrity they could ask to come to the official opening,one celebrity they approached,who worked for Tyne Tees Television said she would be only to pleased to help such a worthy cause, her fee would be £800,needless to say her offer was politely turned down, this, to me, proves that a celebrity does nothing for nothing.
The home was officially opened by a local veteran soldier,who would,nt accept a penny..
22nd Jun 08 11:06

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Happy Griper

Ok this is my gripe. It really annoys me why so many famous rich people keep going on about helping the poor and needy. They always expect us as the lesser paid to sort this problem out. For exmaple Bob Geldof is always asking for US to help and how its not right that these people have nothing. Then leads a very rich lifestyle, so if he is so concerned then give up most of your wealth Bob im sure the poor would be grateful. Before anyone says anything, yes I do give to my own charity of choice. I would be intrested to know if Sir Bob contributes the same % as I do. ?? Look at the Beckhams they could easily give away just about everything and still live a fantastic lifestyle. Greed is there defect. These people get lots of praise for there so called charity work. Put your money where your mouth is sir Bob show us dont ask us. One famous rich person that did give lots to charity is Chris Evans as he stated that he simply did not need that much so fair play to him. Greed is the issue here.
23rd May 08 11:05

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Freddie

Dave Smith... You're comment basically reads ' No problem with Children but I have a problem with children' If you get my meaning. If you genuinely don't have a problem then why add the word 'but'?
10th Apr 08 12:04

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Dave Smith

I agree that Charities for the Disabled are not as fashionable as some of the celebs Charities. This is sad as any one of us could suffer a disablity at any time. Children Animals and Africa seem to be the hot ones.No problem with Children But....
10th Apr 08 11:04

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Ashe4187

I work for a non-profit agency that helps people with disabilities live fuller, more normal lives. I am very upset that there is not more support for the disabled communities. Also, many people do not realize that conditions such as asthma and arthritis are considered disabilities. After saying that, think about how many people that you know and love suffer from a disability without even realizing it. There should be more support for those with disabilities!
24th Mar 08 06:03

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Tony M

These celebrities that get upon stage for Save The Planet and the earwig and all these other money drawing ventures, are the biggest hypocrits on the planet.

Carbon footprint yet there's a good chance they own the biggest gas-guzzlers ever made.

When on ventures, their expenses can amount to more than what is actually donated to the charity, Mrs Blair knows all about this.
4th Mar 08 04:03

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Elanon

"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'?"

Fair point, very badly made.
3rd Mar 08 03:03

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old git

have you ever tried to find out what a charity spends and what on and who they help, bonio is that his name, he seems to travel about in the absolute splendour was he born with those sun glasses or is it that they just wont come off. charity its a real growth industry , help the aged they are good I have never heard of one aged person that has been helped by them plenty of advice disscusions etc .when are they going to pay some elderly heating bill to keep them warm, I dont think so, they like talking about it , they are good at that. perhaps someone knows different , I would be pleased to hear
2nd Dec 07 04:12

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Handyman

Live Aid, was introduced a few years ago by Bob Geldorf and had the backing of every pop group under the sun, and indeed some dignitaries of high standing,the charity raised millions of £s for the under privilaged and malnourished population of Sudan. Within the last few weeks we have heard of a female school teacher from Liverpool while teaching sudanese children in Sudan to choose a name for a teddy bear, they chose Mohammed, the teacher was immediatly arrested and faced the prospect of fourty lashes or a term in prison, the fact that the latter was granted brought out masses of the population demanding she be put to death. These same people accepted our charity without thought or thanks.I for one,will never donate another penny to a culture like Sudan..
2nd Dec 07 03:12

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nicole

I hope to help these children grow into great heros.
19th Sep 07 11:09

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Sarah

The criminals and aslylum seekers are given more rights than us. the italian murderer that killed the british headteacher has not been deported because it 'would be a violation of his human rights' ?! He violated another persons rights, and took his life away. Our system in this country is laughable. Meanwhile people like bono are asking us for more money, whilst we're paying taxes for these criminals. Bono is trying to do the right thing, but he has crossed the line and is nothing more than patronizing and arrogant. He should try living like us.
30th Aug 07 01:08

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Sarah

I think everything you've said there tarka is amazing and the damn right truth. thankyou for opening my mind.
30th Aug 07 01:08

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Man with a Mortgage

Brilliantly put.
Remember that black and white advert where millionaire celebrities clicked their fingers every three seconds to represent a child dying of poverty in Africa.
Love to know the interest generated every three seconds from the combined fortune of those who took part in the commercial.
And the person who clicked his fingers in the most flamboyant and annoying way was Bono.
14th Aug 07 07:08

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susan

There is far far too much money spent overseas and sorting other peoples problems, and
far far too much spent on war . I am a secondary victim of a crime, and there are thousands
like me, who have lost loved ones, The system in this country fails us, the bodies of our
loved ones are violated organs taken, and sold without our consent, We who have lost loved ones have to pay for an inquest for what???
We do not have the benefit of public funding as do asylum seekers, criminals and many others
we have to pay, There are so many human rights violations in this country that have gone ignored and will continue to go ignored. We all may loose loved ones, and there has been no
public awareness or charities or celebraties bringing to the public what goes on behind the scenes when we loose are loved one, the manner in which the bodies of the deceased are treated and indeed the living victims. It is time that there be public awareness , and time for the
public to be aware , that if they travel abraod and loose a loved one, they are totally on their
own, They have to pay for lawyers abroad,, and in this country, They receive no assitance
the failure ot the govement to protect citizens travelling abroad, and ignore when a death has
occurred is a very serious violation and puts us all at risk,, as it is well known the Brtitish goverment will not intervene with a foreign country and this is a licence to murder.
Is there anyone out there who will assist in bringing about public awareness and thereby saving
many .
12th Mar 07 09:03

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Attila the Mum

LOL Woo and a very good point!
Actually, my husband calls me that because I'm apparently quite strict with the kids.
I can assure you my pillaging days are well and truly over!
3rd Oct 06 11:10

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Woo

Attila the mum.

I am concerned that someone who models their name after a 4th century barbarian and rapist is talking about giving to charity. Have you changed your ways since ravaging Italy?
8th Sep 06 04:09

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Attila the Mum

Tarka makes a good point about the 'trendiness' of certain causes, and it's nice to see us all agreeing about something for once re the celebs!

There are over 60 million people in this country - if only 30 million of us gave £5 a month to charity (barely enough to buy a couple of beers or a takeaway sandwich) we could generate £1,800 million a year. If the charities were to reclaim the income tax paid on those donations they could add another £504 million, and then the celebs we love to hate could just GO AWAY.

Something to think about?
2nd Sep 06 01:09

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Celia Molestrangler

If giving money to charity worked, there wouldn't still be a problem, would there? Instead of constantly sending money, I'd rather support charities which offer practical solutions - solutions which can't be misappropriated for arms or to make it easy for someone to exploit his own countrymen.
1st Sep 06 02:09

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GrimReaper

And why do we need to keep giving to charity?....especially abroad.

There are more charities now than ever before, quite a clever master plan, to stealth tax money...

We live in a very rich nation indeed, most of the worlds money and banking passes through London, yet even we as a country have to have charities for people living here.
We still have families living in Rat infested bedsits or bed and breakfast hotels... fact not fiction.

Lots of people complain about their hard earned cash paying for benefit scroungers.... but remember, MPs who set their own wage, also get their money the same way, but they get to holiday in Barbados...or own 3 or 4 houses. Charity !!!
1st Sep 06 01:09

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Duddo

I agree entirely, especially about Bono and Geldoff. Someone on the BBC news 'Have Your Say' section said "I'm sick of being told to empty my pockets by millionaires". Well said.
1st Sep 06 12:09

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Woo

Well said Imperator. If all the celebraties got together they could probably raise more than enough to cancel all the third world debt on their own.

If Bono is so concerned then why doesn't he donate some serious cash or donate the proceeds of an album sale.

The only person who does do anything worth while is Bob Geldof. I can't stand the bloke but at least he works his ass off to raise money.
31st Aug 06 11:08

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Bob

I think what you say may be true as the celebs that make the news as far as charity is concerned get good publicity.But they also give good publicity to the charity concerned.
But there are celebs who want no publicity and do a hell of a lot for charities both at home and abroad who we never hear of.Quite often those that do the most for charity say the least.
30th Aug 06 11:08

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Imperator

Well said, Tarka the Impaler.
If these celebrities (with a small c) gave some of their wealth to the Charities it would persuade many more people to follow their lead.
After all, what is a few £million to someone like Bono? - And think of all the nice publicity they would get.....
30th Aug 06 09:08

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