We try to help where we can, and most likely we could do more. However, once you give to a charity, that’s it! You are inundated with very sad stories and the endless need to give money to save more people, animals, children, patients…Whatever we could give it would NEVER be enough.
Goodness know how Bill and Melinda Gates cope.
The thing is we are quite comfortable, don’t have any ambition to travel, buy jewels or anything similar so we give where we can. But we are retired, and are harassed by so many worthy organisations wanting more from us – by text, email, post and telephone - and sometimes in the street.
These are the latest that want more:
• The Leprosy Mission
• The Orangutan Project
• World Vision
• Wellington Hospital
• The Foodbank Project
• Share the Meal
• Salvation Army
• Fred Hollows Foundation
• Doctors without borders
• Forrest and Bird
• World Wildlife Fund
• Trees that count
We have discussed and chosen the charities we will support this year, but feel guilty and depressed when we put the latest appeal in the rubbish.
Does anyone else feel this way?
Wellington Cup Day is proceeding, despite Omicron, but it will look very different from previous years.
On Tuesday the Wellington Racing Club said it was working out the details and the numbers would be limited.
Racing club general manager Lucy Doig said it could operate with people in pods of 100.
The always-popular Fashion in the Field will not be hosted this weekend, and all guests and staff must be at least double-vaccinated to be able to gain entry into the venue.
This week we feature a picture from Louise Thomas, who has been to Stewart Island.
"You shall not pass!" she said defiantly standing her ground in the middle of the track. "You can however, sidle past while I stand on this stump." How can something so small be so completely unafraid of the world? South Island robin/kakaruwai (Petroica australis), Ulva Island, 7 January. I guess that makes it P. a. rakiura.
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