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There's more to local community work and philanthropic projects than simply donating money. Time and expertise are equally valuable

14 October 2015

I have an issue that I wish to share with you all that has been concerning me for some time; I do not contribute enough to charity. That is not just in terms of giving money but also in terms of giving time.

It is very easy to find reasons not
to contribute, especially when high profile cases such a Kid's Company
or the harassment of Olive Cooke, the
92 year old poppy seller who recently died and had received 276 begging letters from charities in one month, create bad publicity.

This has the effect of making you feel like you don't want to be involved with such organisations. However we all have a moral and ethical responsibility to support and help those less fortunate than ourselves.

In 2012 CNN ran an item suggesting that if you netted more than $34,000 after tax, you were among the richest 1 per cent of the world...

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