By Ruth Limkin
Last night I sat with a group of business people and we strategised about how to help the poor, and expand programs which are feeding the disadvantaged. It was a great meeting, and I was encouraged at the generosity of people who want to make a tangible difference.
The meeting was a part of what I’ve been doing to try to raise funds for our Fresh Start Program. Fresh Start provides nutritious food parcels to disadvantaged families, along with recipes and cooking classes, plus has breakfast clubs in six schools. It costs money to help those who suffer from poverty, but it’s a privilege to spend ourselves on their behalf.
And then I got home and read this article, and this quote in particular, speaking about the damages caused by Occupy Brisbane protesters: “Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the protesters caused up to $30,000 of damage to the square during their three-week occupation. Council now faces a race against time to re-turf it before Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11.”
In three weeks, the Occupy Brisbane protesters caused damage which the 99% will have to pay for through council rates and taxes.
They wasted $30,000 – which could have fed a lot of hungry and malnourished children.
One of the Occupy protestors said, “What people have achieved in the last couple of weeks has been momentous. It’s been a protest about everything.”
In fact, it’s a sad irony that their misguided passion and lack of strategy has resulted in a big bill for the 99%, and no tangible difference for the poor.
Instead, maybe they should have worked hard, donated to charity and lobbied in more effective ways.
Why is that such a radical idea?