My daughter is a fairly recent and
slightly nervous driver.
One of the benefits of the children getting older is that
sporadically Dad’s cabs get a Saturday off, and even an occasional
lift home from the pub after a couple of cheeky sherbets on a
On one such occasion I was surprised to note that my little girl
was reluctant to use her full beam when driving, preferring to keep
to dipped headlights even in the pitch of night.
If you live in a town or city, that may not be a problem as
there is enough ambient light to see all around. However, we live
in a pretty remote village. Collisions with deer have gone up by
300% this year.
When I asked her why, she said she preferred to focus on what
was directly in front of her and did not want to be distracted by
the distance, and what did I know about driving anyway.
No respect these youngsters.
Got me thinking. This morning when I heard about the problems
that UK charities are facing in their fundraising efforts, that
maybe the ends and the means need to be closely aligned.
UK charities' fundraising activities may be controlled by law
unless a new voluntary regulator succeeds in cleaning up the
sector, a committee of UK MPs has warned in a report.
No one is doubting that many charities do remarkable work and
raise funds that are much needed, but a number of them have
overstepped the mark and have apparently hounded and badgered
people to give.
In the recent Olive Cook case, a 92 year old poppy seller killed
herself after complaining she had been plagued by requests for
donations from charity fundraisers - more than 200 letters in one
While her family said that did not contribute to her death, it
did highlight the plight of vulnerable people at the mercy of
In an attempt to hit targets in themselves laudable some
collectors and charities have been criticised.
The long term problem this creates may make people more
reluctant to become involved in charitable giving, and the
reputations of many charities may suffer.
We all have short term urgencies we have to deal with, getting
too focused on what is right in front of us may have long term
problems we can’t see in our immediate line of sight.
Going full beam should not stop us doing the best we can in the
short term, but it might temper the way that we do it.