This was a question thrown at me when I came out of a shop on the High Street this afternoon.
The young man thrust his hand at me to shake mine, drawing me towards his board and the different kinds of wildlife thereon.
It would appear that the days of the donation bucket or rattling of a tin for coins is a thing of the past as the pitch was to get me signed up for a regular donation to a well known wildlife animal charity.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of time for nature, wildlife and animal welfare.
Living on the marina we see a fair amount first hand, but obviously none of the more exotic and endangered species like tigers, pandas or rhinos.
In truth, I donated to this charity many years ago following their promotional visit at work, my direct debit being ‘gift aided’ so as not to attract taxation at the other end.
I was promised a magazine twice a year, and regular email updates on my chosen ‘animal’.
There was no cute cuddly toy at that time, not that I would have wanted one, as quite honestly I think the money on the production of such novelties could be better spent on the living animals concerned.
I paid into this charity for over 7 years because I believed in it, then following redundancy, it was one of the expenses I had to cut as I could no longer afford it.
Having heard very little since my initial contribution, let alone any magazines or emails, the organizers soon jumped on me for stopping my payments.
I appreciate it can be a thankless task approaching people in the street with the hope of them filling in the relevant forms to set the financial aid ball rolling.
However, for people on limited budgets who cannot afford to donate on a regular basis, it would be so nice if there was a collection tin on the table for loose change and odd coppers.