Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: Movember

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly meme hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. The guidelines are to post a photo that you or a friend or family member have taken and then link it back to Alyce's original post for the week. Photos can be old or new and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see.

This is the window from a local business in celebration of Movember!

I support the cause and Movember turning into another method for businesses to make money off a collective movement without having to do, like, anything? I have conflicted feelings about all the products supporting breast cancer research too. I donate directly to organizations rather than buy 'pink' breath mints, pens, appliances, etc. This way the orgs get all the money. I see no point in rewarding companies for doing what they should do anyway - be philanthropic! Why should consumers be put in the position of deciding how much a company is going to help people; that seems a cop-out to me and an easy way to not be responsible for one's own humanity. But, anyway, this unexpectedly turned out to be a half-asleep rant. Oops...!


  1. I've always felt that way too - especially about the yogurt tops that you used to have to clean and mail in at your own expense. I'd rather just give directly to the charity. If it encourages more people to give (just by bringing it to mind) I think that's good though.

  2. Yes I also feel uncomfortable about the way some of these things have been commercialised. They obviously work as a prompt for a lot of people, but the money donated is filtered through so many hands before it gets to the actually charity....!

  3. I do sometimes feel that the event takes over from the cause. I think the idea is that fund raising events and promotions increase publicity for a charity and attract more donations, but it does make me cross when there is a strong commercial link and I start wondering if a company really cares about a charity, or whether they simply see it as good PR/free advertising. My Snapshot is at

  4. Exactly! I donate directly to causes I support. One of my pet peeves are 'causes' that continually pester me with requests even after I've given them a donation. Stop spending on postage and do something good with the money! I've removed a few from my donor list for this very reason. Ok, I won't take over your rant! lol