Wealthy not giving enough

Wealthy not giving enough

Quebec City (Quebec) 10 October 2014 – The 2014 “Centraide” (aka United Way) campaign is in full swing around the province and as far as Quebec City is concerned the Mayor, Régis Labeaume, is upset that there is not a better participation by the more wealthy citizens of the city.

Calling them “selfish” he knows who they are and he knows that they are not contributing to Centraide in a generous fashion. On a bus tour of the city this week with journalists and Centraide organizers the mayor quite literally blames these rich members of our society of being stingy claiming they should and could do more for the less fortunate of their city.

The bus tour which the mayor participated this week was a campaign promotion taking a lot of donors together with the media, to visit the areas of the city where the donations are most needed and where most of the money collected goes. Areas such as St. Sauver, St. Roch and Limoilou have around 20 organizations dedicated to helping the less unfortunate making them a focal point for Centraide.

They are also the areas where the percentage of older people living alone is the highest.

The campaign this year has an objective of $12.5 million, and the well known “good Samaritan” of the city, Marc De Koninck, organised the tour to make people aware of what it’s like to live in poverty and why donations are important.

We who are more fortunate sometimes forget how bad luck and certain circumstances can affect people’s lives in a negative way preventing them from enjoying the pleasures we take for granted in our daily lives.

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