I agree there are many organizations with fundraising campaigns out there every weekend.
Having been a recent participant for Rotary, I can assure you that we don’t want to impose on people’s free time or hamper their Saturday shopping. I can also assure you that these are all volunteers out there, giving up their own free time on a Saturday to raise money to support the various registered charities, seniors’ care facilities, hospice centre, and many more organizations on the Island.
Without these donations, some of the organizations would not be able to help the many under-privileged or disabled people that they try so hard to support. Very few have large corporate sponsors who donate regularly in sufficient dollar values to be able to cutback on the public fundraising that is being done.
We respect each other when we work with different groups and we all hope that each group is able to garner as much support as they possibly can, because none of us want to let down the organizations we have committed to.
So when you see us out there, please do not look upon us as an intrusion in your day; stop and think for a moment that maybe you too can offer just a little bit towards providing meals for children or our elderly folks, a better space for the disabled, literacy to those who most need it.
Your dollars go a very long way in keeping our most needy people just above the poverty line. Goodwill promotes goodwill. Who knows, maybe one day you will find yourself in need and you will be very grateful to know that there are still some people in the world who believe in you and who will give of themselves to make sure you don’t go hungry.