I’ll take opinions in general, though the one I am talking about it the Susan G Komen 3-day walk in Michigan this August.
I thought I had decided I want to do this, but the more I get into it, the more and more it seems like a big money grab, and I’m not sure that the right amount is going to actual research toward cures for cancer.
So, for this walk, I need to raise $2200 in cash funds to contribute. I understand that part of this is infrastructure costs for putting on the walk, equipment, etc.
That’s a lot of dough. And a lot of people walk. Enough that we’re talking in the millions of dollars. And supposedly, 85% of it goes toward breast cancer research. I know that’s a high number compared to some charities, but I always compare them to the American Cancer Society, which claims that over 90% of contributions go directly toward funding cancer-related stuff.
And top top it all off, they ask that you pay a $90 registration fee. Now, I have nothing against contributing, and I’d probably even contribute more than that (once I recover from my Christmas spending), but hell, man, I’m going to raise twenty-two hundred fricking dollars to get into this thing. Why are they chumping me for more money up front? Just to make sure that the people who walk also contribute? Right below the notice for the registration fee is an area where you can “start your fundraising yourself, enter a contribution here…”
I’m thinking hey, I just gave you ninety fricking dollars…how about you put that on my balance sheet, huh?
However, after I get all this negativity out of my system (mostly by slapping myself), I think “well, it’s really a decent cause, and my MIL recently passed away due to BC, and I have an aunt with it, etc etc…” and lean toward doing it again.
So, for no other reason than to see what others think of this charity event, let me hear it from you…I want to know if you’ve done it, if you’ve supported it, if you’ve thought about it, etc…