Charity turned down £192 donation

Charity turned down £192 donation

Charity turned down £192 donation

First published in News

SOMERSET wine tutor Linda Vijeh was left scratching her head when she was politely told ‘thanks, but no thanks’ by Alcoholics Anonymous after she tried to give the charity a donation of nearly £200.

Linda, who is also a councillor on South Somerset District Council and Ilminster Town Council, is well-known for her fundraising work and decided to give up wine for six weeks for charity.

She raised £192, not by sponsorship, but by the amount she would have spent on the equivalent of one glass of wine a day.

She said: “It seemed appropriate to donate the money to the AA, but I couldn’t find a way to donate online, so I asked a friend to go along to one of their meetings.

“She was informed that they only take donations from members.”

Roger Booth, general secretary of Alcoholics Anonymous, confirmed that the charity did not accept donations from outside the group.

“AA is unique among charities because it doesn’t accept outside contributions because of the principle we hold of being self-supporting,” he said.

“This tradition of self-support is underpinned by the Alcoholics Anonymous (Dispositions) Act of 1986 and ensures that AA is supported solely through the voluntary contributions of members – therefore, AA does not fundraise.”

Linda has donated her £192 to Val Keitch and the Community Justice Panel, which needs outside financial support.

“I decided to support the justice panel on the grounds that a lot of crime is due to alcohol abuse,” said Linda.

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7:04pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

£192 in 6 weeks, one glass a day.

At £4.57 per glass, that's either expensive wine or big glasses!
£192 in 6 weeks, one glass a day. At £4.57 per glass, that's either expensive wine or big glasses! Dick Turpin Works For Council
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7:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

sheldoncooper says...

You have'nt taken into account the return bus fare to the pub :)
You have'nt taken into account the return bus fare to the pub :) sheldoncooper
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7:28pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Dajafman says...

What a ridiculous non-story. Bad even by gazette standards! A charity that doesn't accept donations, doesn't accept a donation. Wow.
What a ridiculous non-story. Bad even by gazette standards! A charity that doesn't accept donations, doesn't accept a donation. Wow. Dajafman
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11:27pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Mark1970 says...

Massive difference between drinking responsibly but this would be like Mac Donald's giving money to a charity for the obese.

Linda would have been better off dividing the £192 by 60p and coming to Taunton for every time some drunk asks for 60p to make a phone call.

She could have helped a lot more people, and maybe one of them might have actually been going to make a phone call rather than spending it on another can to get drunk with.
Massive difference between drinking responsibly but this would be like Mac Donald's giving money to a charity for the obese. Linda would have been better off dividing the £192 by 60p and coming to Taunton for every time some drunk asks for 60p to make a phone call. She could have helped a lot more people, and maybe one of them might have actually been going to make a phone call rather than spending it on another can to get drunk with. Mark1970
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11:33pm Thu 10 Jan 13

DannyDyersChocolateHomunculus says...

1.Who contacted the paper about this and why?

2.How close to death from bordem were they?

3.How slow does a day need to be for this to be deemed newsworthy?

4.Was the outcome that in some way, EDF or Tesco are to blame for AA not taking the donation or atleast mentioned in the same breath?
1.Who contacted the paper about this and why? 2.How close to death from bordem were they? 3.How slow does a day need to be for this to be deemed newsworthy? 4.Was the outcome that in some way, EDF or Tesco are to blame for AA not taking the donation or atleast mentioned in the same breath? DannyDyersChocolateHomunculus
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11:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

DannyDyersChocolateH
omunculus
wrote:
1.Who contacted the paper about this and why?

2.How close to death from bordem were they?

3.How slow does a day need to be for this to be deemed newsworthy?

4.Was the outcome that in some way, EDF or Tesco are to blame for AA not taking the donation or atleast mentioned in the same breath?
This ones quite easy.
Lets just say that Linda Vijeh has been no stranger in the past to the pages of the local rag "for no real apparent reason".
[quote][p][bold]DannyDyersChocolateH omunculus[/bold] wrote: 1.Who contacted the paper about this and why? 2.How close to death from bordem were they? 3.How slow does a day need to be for this to be deemed newsworthy? 4.Was the outcome that in some way, EDF or Tesco are to blame for AA not taking the donation or atleast mentioned in the same breath?[/p][/quote]This ones quite easy. Lets just say that Linda Vijeh has been no stranger in the past to the pages of the local rag "for no real apparent reason". Dick Turpin Works For Council
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9:01am Fri 11 Jan 13

heypedro says...

This woman spends the best part of a fiver a day on plonk..... We're all in this together !!
This woman spends the best part of a fiver a day on plonk..... We're all in this together !! heypedro
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9:28pm Fri 11 Jan 13

OMG!!!! says...

I quite like this article. Not for the fact that the charity wouldnt accept her donation - thats sad, but for the fact that she selflessly gave up alcohol & was willing to give the money she saved to charity. Not sponsorship, her own money. Not a lot of people would do that.
I quite like this article. Not for the fact that the charity wouldnt accept her donation - thats sad, but for the fact that she selflessly gave up alcohol & was willing to give the money she saved to charity. Not sponsorship, her own money. Not a lot of people would do that. OMG!!!!
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4:14pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Thurza says...

I found this article rather interesting as I had never heard of a Charity turning down a donation before.
I found this article rather interesting as I had never heard of a Charity turning down a donation before. Thurza
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7:17pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Blurby Monster says...

My bustarding parties keep most of the village awake, sometimes until about 4.00am. The guests can bring their own drink, sometimes pay an entry charge too. Anyone got any spare cash, send it to me, get another party organised. My mate does the DJ job, tells em all what a great guy I am.
My bustarding parties keep most of the village awake, sometimes until about 4.00am. The guests can bring their own drink, sometimes pay an entry charge too. Anyone got any spare cash, send it to me, get another party organised. My mate does the DJ job, tells em all what a great guy I am. Blurby Monster
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