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Hmmm. [Jul. 3rd, 2003|01:26 pm]
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I've just had a really frustrating conversation with some people from work regarding charity donations. With the company we are now working for, we have the option to take part in Casual Dress Days, once or twice a month. If you opt to take part, you're asked to make a £1 donation which goes towards a specific charity or group of charities.

Tomorrow, the money is going towards Wallace and Grommit's Grand Appeal, which is helping the UK's childrens hospitals and hospices.

However, some people here are taking exception to being asked for more money for charity when they're already paying regularly (by Direct Debit) to certain charities. Ok, that's all well and good, but it was almost a case of "I'm not paying any more money to charities than I already do."

Two points:
  1. It's only £1.00. Over the year, that could be between £15 and £20... the cost of a meal out.
  2. "I've decided which company car I'm going for now. A BMW. It'll cost me a fair amount in additional contributions, but hey!"

I don't have a problem if people don't want to give too much money to charity, but I think the way that it was argued was pretty out of order.
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[User Picture]From: kuzanagi_
2003-07-03 05:32 am (UTC)
Are you saying they're willing to pay extra in contributions for a BMW, but not willing to pay a little more for a Charity non-uniform day thing?
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[User Picture]From: poggs
2003-07-03 05:59 am (UTC)
I could raise over £200 for charity if I came in casual dress daily :-)

I agree with your point 100%, I have nothing more to add :(
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[User Picture]From: seren
2003-07-03 10:46 am (UTC)
We're having a Wrong Trousers day tomorrow too for the same amount of money.. but I have no idea what to wear since I'm always casual. I did consider PJs but I'd get funny looks on the bus :(
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[User Picture]From: comeonsense
2003-07-05 04:00 pm (UTC)
Money Money money more money, I wish I could give more of it, I wish I had it to give. I think its good your company shows an intiative towards donations. THe best I see in my neck of the woods are pan handlers and street musicians. A buisiness GIVE money away? fat chance.
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From: popey
2003-07-07 04:25 am (UTC)

Hmm, tricky subject

I'd have to say that if your company is okay with people dressing down, then they need to let everyone do it without pressuring them to pay money for the privilege.

I don't quite see the point of charging people. Yes it raises some money for charity which makes the company look good. Are the company going to match pound for pound the contributions that you are putting in?

I have a BIG problem with being pressurised to give money to charity. Yes I do give to charity on a regular basis, and it's not an insignificant amount either. Its not that an extra quid a month makes a difference to my bank balance, its the principle of being pressured to do something.
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