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Christians Against All Animal Abuse
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From Autumn 2004 Issue

Two Charities With Quite A Contrast!

There are some wonderful ladies in our cause who, single handed, have done remarkable work for God’s precious animal kingdom: One of them contacted me earlier this year: Janice Down whom I first met in Portsmouth, I’d been overtaken by the heat following a rally, a long procession of witness, and then a memorial service at the docks. Janice - a dedicated nurse soon got me fully recovered. Indeed, at a later date I had the honour of christening Janice's child Jack, during a memorable. animal blessing service in the prestigious church of St James, Piccadilly

And now, a decade later, one discovers that this unassuming young lady has inaugurated an outstanding animal sanctuary in Shrilanka. What stick-ability and stamina! Well I don’t know about you, but I get cheesed off with begging letters coming through the post from leading – tax exempt ‘charities’; while their shops appear to have an unfair advantage over ‘the little man’: the struggling, small trader. What is more - in their literature – they, more often than not, request a specific box be ticked, plus amounts suggested; £2,500, £700 £150, £100, £50. or a blank for an ‘assumed’ paltry less!

Well, 1 have never once asked for a donation concerning the costs incurred in publishing this News Letter or the amount of work one seeks to accomplish for our great cause Until recently, I have not asked for expenses to cover rallies in which one was asked to participate and this included Southern France's bullfight last May! Consequently. 1 find myself depositing begging letters of all types straight in to the rubbish bin; yet making sure I use any prepaid return envelopes enclosed as an outlet for animal activist tracts

Last month a collector came to our door. "I've come about Age Concern" he said Well my face in up: “Oh, do come in!" I said, "You are most welcome!" He looked a little taken back and added "I deposited an envelope with you!" "Yes" I said: “I found it but there was nothing inside, and you'd forgotten to seal it. Never mind, I'm glad you've returned Wont you come in?” The ‘poor' fellow - well, hardly! - declined and appeared embarrassed. “But I’ve come to collect the envelope” he said. "You mean you brought it empty the other day and today you want it back? That doesn't make sense!"

I then chose to embarrass the fellow no further. With a large smile, 1 said: "I'm a senior citizen turned 74, one that Age Concern was founded to financially help" .1 then tried to let him see that I'd been 'pulling his leg’ and dropped a couple of coins in to his envelope. Well, he was hardly the laughing type and left even more embarrassed still.

Go on to: Well, Janice's Is A Most Worthy Cause
Return to: Autumn 2004 Issue

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