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Think globally, run locally

Original post made on Mar 18, 2013

The Run for Zimbabwe is part African festival, part fun run. Now in its 14th year, the race and fair is set for Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph School.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 18, 2013, 1:18 PM

Comments

Posted by Jonathan E., a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is a repressive authoritarian responsible for human rights abuses and severe economic decline. Mugabe's policies are directly responsible for the recent 30% percent reduction in life expectancy as well as turning Zimbabwe from a food exporting country to a food importing country.
So, can somebody explain to me why we should support this dude?


Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Mar 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

@Jonathan E.: you seem to have mistaken a fundraiser benefiting the children at an orphanage in Zimbabwe with support for Robert Mugabe and his policies.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

Charles Dickens referred to this sort of thing as "telescopic philanthropy." I share his contempt for people who ignore the needy in their own country in favor of a more "exotic" locale, particularly Zimbabwe, a viciously racist dictatorship.


Posted by Scott Lamb, a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Old Ben: maybe you could organize your own fun run to raise money for a more local charity. It might be more successful if you talk about why your cause is important without showing contempt for those who believe in others. There are a lot of reasons you might consider another charity more worthy, but I think it's important to remember that doing something is better than doing nothing. Why attack people who are trying to make a difference?

In general, I think it'd be hard to accomplish anything in Zimbabwe, but sponsoring an orphan might be one of the better ways to try. I wish these people luck.

"[T]here's little we can do for places like Zimbabwe under its icon gone rotten, President Mugabe. You could try and train teachers, but you have no idea whether the government would pay them once trained. You could ship in essential drugs, but you don't know whether the government might impound them or charge for them at high prices. In fact, it's often only charity and emergency aid that can be of use in such circumstances: providing direct help for some of the population worst affected by failing systems, and grassroots projects supporting democracy and advocacy groups that might help in a small way to build the foundations for future change." - Giles Bolton in Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed The Poorest Continent and What We Can Do About It


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I reserve my charity for those I know personally who are in need.

It's the best I can do.

I have no interest in overseas causes, be they war or peace.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I'll admit, there are no tax benefits whatsoever to my strategy. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I'd rather be lucky than smart.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

Here's a quick glimpse of what's going on in Zimbabwe:

Web Link