I fully appreciate Mr Jonathan Kwok's point about the accountability of charity organisations and his desire to understand how the funds are spent ("I avoid flag days like the plague - but please don't call me a miser"; Aug 18).
I do the same with the organisations I support. However, on flag days, I do not hesitate to drop loose change into the collection tins.
I do it as a gesture of thanks to the flag-sellers for carrying on despite being snubbed. It is also to affirm their volunteering efforts. Just as there are many who would stop to donate, there are many others who do not know how to turn down a flag-seller's request nicely.
Often, they simply ignore the flag-sellers, many of whom are teenagers. I wonder how these youngsters would behave in future when they are approached by flag-sellers.
In Hong Kong, I have seen parents partnering their young children during similar donation drives. It is a nice sight because the family is involved in a good cause.
It would be nice to see more families getting involved in charity activities in Singapore. I believe it will be a lot more meaningful for all.
Heng Siow Ing (Ms)
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