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Spastic Children’s Association

Yesterday, while eating cheese and rapsberry+peanut jam toast with PotatoGal at Times Square, a guy from college approached us and invited himself – actually he didn’t ask if he could sit down with us, which was a bit impolite but he must have been tired from walking and talking whole day – to talk about donation.

“Don’t worry, I’m not selling anything,” he said.

He showed us his folder of Spastic Children and explained that Spastic Children’s Association needed donation for the children’s welfare. “RM10 for 1 child’s 1 week expenses – food, clothing all.”

I read some of the printed/photostated info from the folder then asked for his IC to double check.

“I wouldn’t con you,” he said.

PotatoGal laughed, like she wasn’t sure to trust him or not.

I was tempted to call the number listed but no more batt. Anyway, if he misuse the donated money, he’d have hell to payback for. :p

 

A “spastic” is a person with cerebral palsy. This is a disorder of movement appearing in the early years of life. It is due to damage or failure to develop normally in a small part of the brain controlling these activities.

Cerebral palsy takes many forms- in fact no two spastic people are exactly the same. Some are less affected that they have no obvious disability. Others may be clumsy in their walk or they may have difficulties with their limbs or with muscles that help with speech. Some are even unable to stand or sit and thus, are unable to do even simple things for themselves.

– Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor & FT

 

Imagine that. Life is surely more difficult for spastic children.

The volunteer griped, “I lost some stickers already. I give them & then some people just take and then they walk away. I also couldn’t chase them.”

“Don’t give them 1st mar,” we advised him.

“If give something to you, you would take a look at it 1st mar,” he reasoned.

Spastic Children's Association - the top
Spastic Children’s Association – We Need Your Support sticker

“Yeah but some people don’t read it and just throw it away later,” I knew coz I had worked as a promoter at PC Fair before. People just take whatever that is being passed coz it’s FREE. Then, after they had glanced through it and didn’t find anything related to them, they would throw it to the floor or the overflow rubbish bin. And people who are passing leaflets, brochures, whatever would try to market the product/services to as many people as possible so there’s not much discrimination unlike promoters for luxury goods and fragrances.

The sticker is like a receipt.

We passed the sticker back to him coz we don’t paste anything on cars anyway. He said, “Nevermind, you keep. The receipt has digits. Some people buy lottery.”

Spastic Children's Association - lucky 4 numbers
Spastic Children’s Association – lucky 4 numbers

I bought the number for 2 days but I didn’t win any. Huh.

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5 thoughts on “Spastic Children’s Association

  1. I’ve been regularly reading your blog (very interesting may I say) but did not feel compelled to write any comments until now.

    With regard to all these people going out and soliciting donations for charities, I think it is important to find out exactly how much of the “donation” in fact goes to the charities. Usually it’s just a few sen or less than 10% of what is collected. If I truly wanted to give to charity why should I pay someone to donate? I might as well donate the entire 100% directly to the charity. Just something to think about.

    Further with regard to people passing out flyers … I’ve always been in two minds about it. When I walk around in a shopping complex, it gets a bit annoying to have flyer shoved into my face at every escalator. Yet at the same time, these people are merely doing their work …cari makan. Is it more rude to take it and later bin it or to smile and tell them “no thanks”? I feel sorry for these people sometimes because it’s a tiring job handing out flyers to random people who aren’t in the least bit interested (different if like you said … at a PC fair because obviously people are looking for bargains and WOULD be interested in flyers promoting them).

    In general though, I don’t feel sorry for credit card sales people. Once I was almost scared out of my skin by one. I was browsing around (in a dreamy mood) and he literally jumped out from behind a shelf and pounced on me screaming his sales spiel. God!

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  2. Blue,

    it’s always better to donate (time, effort, unused items, etc) directly to the organization. But then, some NGOs need to pay staffs to work. How many people are willing to volunteer full time? A lot of people have personal commitments. Without people going out to request for donation, there wouldn’t be as much exposure. Are our local newspapers and media (radio, tv, etc) willing to expose the current campaigns FOC?

    Heh, that credit card salesperson was trying to get your attention by shocking you :D

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  3. That’s true but it’s just that some people do not realise it and are mislead into thinking that the RM10 they give goes directly to the charity when in fact it’s only RM0.10 of it.

    I have many flyers from NGOs and women’s aid/support organisations in my office free for the public to take. If you are a charitable person at heart, you will take the trouble to find out about it.

    Funds collected by people going out to collect … we will never know how it’s handled. The persons going door to door are not the employees, they’re merely contractors / agents …probably working for a commission

    As an interesting sidenote (which I’m pretty sure you know or have even blogged about it), the MAC Aids Fund uses every cent raise to support the fight against HIV and AIDS.
    http://www.macaidsfund.org/who/who.html

    This Christmas, there are christmas cards designed by children for sale and 100% of the proceeds go tohelp other children in the Kids Helping Kids prgramme.
    http://www.macaidsfund.org/who/kidshelpingkids.html
    I will be purchasing Viva Glam lippies for Christmas presents this year.

    Great work on the blog by the way. It’s people like you that help spread awareness for people who really need aid :)

    Yeah the credit card guy did get my attention …. but not the good kind … :P

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  4. Actually, we don’t know for sure if the donations that we donate directly to any NGOs go back to helping the intended people too.

    Some of the door-to-door request for donations are real, some not. Like you said some companies/agents get commission from the total sales.

    Thanks.. do you have a blog?

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  5. I have a dormant blog …. LOL I’m too lazy to post unlike you. I think I’m better at reading blogs than keeping one.
    I also read perezhilton and superficial.

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