Dec 16 1990
Benefit for Vegetarian Society of Ireland
The five charities were picked out after discussions with Valerie, Miriam and the Bearded Lady. We could have run a gig every week for a year and still have had more than enough good causes. We decided to go with ones that meant something to us and hopefully raise interest among people who were going to the gigs.
We handed out leaflets at each gig but other than raising money I often wonder about the long term value of such events. I would rather they took place than didn’t; I would rather
they didn’t have to take place at all. The cynic in me suggests that they change nothing. The optimist belives that someone may relate to it, somewhere, sometime.
We raised the following amounts
£150 ME ASSOCIATION of IRELAND
£90 RAPE CRISIS CENTRE
£108 STOP ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS
£68 VEGETARIAN SOCIEY of IRELAND
£65 IRISH SOCIETY FOR PREVENTION of CRUELTY to CHILDREN (ISPCC)
All organisations were very grateful. This made me think about how we sometimes don’t bother with things because they seem so unimportant on a wider scale. £90 to the RCC is probably loose change by their standards but they really appreciated the effort. It’s the gesture, the small step that counts. Whenever I think about my small world not making a difference, I am reminded of that.