Through My Eyes

Some people say I talk too much, that I always have a story to tell. I don't know what's round the corner so my blog is about life through my eyes and making every day count.

Band Aid, charitable or a complete con?

This post was written at Christmas and I have just logged on to my word press to see that for some reason it has not posted.  I was going to delete it but then thought actually I will just post it!! 

Charity work and helping others is something I am massively keen on which is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about and am very opinionated on the subject of charity.

so Band Aid…. Some look at all the celebrities singing and think it’s great, pick up the phone and donate. I am quite the opposit and refuse to waste my money on band aid. There is so much wrong with that song!

my first point is that every year we raise millions of pounds for Africa through Band aid and comic relief yet the problem never improves. We get told every year that thousands of people in Africa are dying yet the millions of pounds we raise makes no difference! Maybe the reason is because Instead of helping Africans the money is being invested in unethical companies such as firearms, tobacco, alcohol! Not to mention the money that the executives of these charities get to fund their lavish lifestyles and sports cars!

The next point is that Bob Geldof is worth a reported 30 million yet he thinks it’s acceptable to ask members of the public to “give us your fucking money” and thinks it’s ok to tell people to buy the single even if they don’t like it! If people had spare money to donate to a charity they should be able to pick a charity themselves and donate that way rather than being told to download a song they don’t even like!!

While watching all the celebrities singing the and aid song I wondered how much money all the people in that room were worth! Each celebrity is massively successful and if everyone of them just donated a months wage then Africa would be massively better off…. Or not as the case may be as the money probably doesn’t reach anyone in Africa! The celebrities wouldn’t do that anyway seeming as the reason they take part in band aid is not to help anyone but just to raise their own public profile!!

Has anyone actually listened to the words of the song because I actually find it borderline offensive! To give you an example…..

Do they know its christmas? Of course they know it’s christmas and its quite patronising to think otherwise. I have been to Western Africa at Christmas and visited the poverty stricken areas and despite the conditions and low quality of life the people still managed to come together in their communities and be festive at Christmas. There is one line saying there is death in every tear? And there’s no peace and joy in Africa? Whoever wrote these lyrics has clearly never been to Africa! Yes the Ebola crisis exists and is awful but as is aids, cancer, poverty in England, child abuse and many more awful things in the world none of which we try and fundraise for by singing a song slating the whole country!!

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