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Edinburgh Goth Weekend is starting to look like something that might happen. I don't know if anyone is planning on coming up for it, but I'll no doubt be going as it's literally down the road from me. One thing that's pissing me off unduly, though is that now it's apparently in aid of some unspecified charity. Does anyone remember if that was mentioned before? The Web pages say:

All proceeds from the event will be donated to several charities. So far, suggested charities include:

Cancer Research
M.E. Foundation
Mountain Rescue
PDSA
RNIB
RNLI
The Samaritans
Shelter


Now that looks like a pretty haphazard collection to me. So, tell me, am I being totally unreasonable, or would it be more sensible to decide who will benefit from an event before advertising it? I know the same thing happened with Nightmare last year, and I kind of felt the same way - in fact I didn't buy my ticket until I knew who was benefiting. I mean, some organisations that are legally charities are things like major public schools, or religious cults (or my workplace, which would be scary). I have known people I quite like to put cash in a tin 'for charity' without asking who it's for, and it has sometimes turned out to be the Moonies or someone like that, so it's not just an idle concern.

Anyway, my ideal would be if people running benefit events would think first about what they want to raise money for and then do it in as upfront a way as possible. I'm basically in favour of Nightmare and events of its kind, and I think the organisers are acting in good faith (before anyone gets up to flame me) but advance info could be better for this one...

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pavlos
17th Jan, 2003 08:56 (UTC)
Ungoth!
Not to mention, some of these charities are vey ungothic! I can see the Mountain Rescue - Wuthering Heights angle, and the terrible diseases - "it's so tragic!" angle. But RNLI? - How goth is that? Or PDSA?

:-)

Pavlos
jinxremoving
17th Jan, 2003 09:36 (UTC)
Re: Ungoth!
well, pdsa makes sense to me - after all, didn't whitby do charity stuff for the cats protection league and things like that?

i have my reservations about cancer research, though; as far as i know they test on animals. i'm not getting involved though, due to nongothness, but i'm sure it would be nice if they were to actually invite debate on which charities the attendees would like (or not like) to support.
littlemsmortis
17th Jan, 2003 09:51 (UTC)
Re: Ungoth!
Well, I think that if you have lots of loves ones claimed by cancer then you would justify money going to Cancer Reasearch which is what is happening to the TNAC proceeds. It was justly nominated and voted for by the punters. RSPCA was one of the top 3 but actually got the least votes, Shelter came second.

Afaik there was no voting re egw. I think it was a pool of suggestions made by the organiser and her friends as it has been there since the start.
jinxremoving
17th Jan, 2003 10:00 (UTC)
Re: Ungoth!
i don't appreciate it if you're suggesting i don't support animal research due to not caring. my mum has had cancer; i don't want cancer to be around; i support non-animal research. it's pretty simple. and i'm not faulting you for donating to cancer research (sorry, what is tnac?), all i said was that i have my reservations.
littlemsmortis
17th Jan, 2003 16:54 (UTC)
Re: Ungoth!
TNAC is The Nightmare A'fore Christmas fundraiser that was mentioned in the original post. I was saying that charities were up for nomination throughout the year and then short listed before the event and then put to the vote giving the people who went some input as to where the proceeds went. I guess it's not the same as a debate but if a debate but it lets folk have a say. As it happens it was Cancer Research that won the vote, in fact if I had just done it on the most nominations then they would have won it without even putting it to the vote. When people asked me who won the vote and I advised it was Cancer Research, everyone seemed really happy with that saying they had nominated or voted for it, 99 percent of them due to having lost loved ones to cancer.

I know what you mean about the animal testing (I personally support a few animal charities and have been active in animal rescues) but although not all medical testing on animals may be necessary, I believe some of it is. That's a whole other debate from the dilema of whether or not to but tickets for a charity event though ! :)
autopope
17th Jan, 2003 14:38 (UTC)
Gaah!
Off-topic, I know, but whyinhell did this have to happen the same weekend I'm in Boston?

It's a conspiracy. Mutter, grumble.
mini_faerie
22nd Jan, 2003 05:37 (UTC)
i wish i could go...
this is the kind of thing we need in melbourne.
i would love to go to this.
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