Friday, January 13, 2012

Stretched to charitable extremes

Stretched to charitable extremes: t is not just celebrities or their surviving parents who want good to come out of tragedy. Ordinary people may also desire a tangible memorial to a loved one that goes beyond, say, a scholarship in their name. One's own charity can serve many purposes: to do good work, to immortalise the child or partner and, quite often, to subsume the founders' grief in work, publicity and fund-raising.

Add to these inevitably small organisations the bigger foundations celebrated sportsmen and their ilk establish, and what we have in Australia, no less than in Britain, is a crowded and fragmented charity field.

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