Charity’s "Unholy Mess"

January 15 1954

Charity’s "Unholy Mess"

January 15 1954

Charity’s "Unholy Mess"


As a staff member for thirty-five years of the Canadian Mental Health Association, I was interested in Sidney Katz’ brilliant article on The Unholy Mess of our Charity Appeals (Nov. 15). While I agree with much that Mr. Katz has to say, I feel that he has not sufficiently emphasized certain salient facts and considerations. There are ! weaknesses, as well as strengths, in the Community Chest and similar types of pooled funding for health and welfare work. The weaknesses include tfie following: Chest appeals in Canada

rarely reach their objectives and, thus, participating agencies suffer. Chest i appeals do not take full advantage of the fact that some people are eager to ! support TB work, or work for the blind, or the Red Cross, or mental-health I work; and thus these people are often left cold with a group appeal.

It should also be recognized that we ! live in a land of free enterprise. Our j friends in the business world want no other system. Men who operate insurance companies, for example, might shudder at the thought of pooling all insurance companies together, and employing one group of salesmen to sell policies for them all. They would j probably say that such a plan kills I private enterprise and would want none of it.

Now, the majority of us in the field of national health also want the benefits of free enterprise. Any other system would mean suicide for such organi: zations as the TB group, financed by Christmas seals; for the Red Cross, which has its own successful special ] techniques for fund raising; for the I cancer group and for many others.

This is an issue that demands states| manship of the highest order. The problem is important because voluntary agencies are doing necessary work that governments cannot perform. And, aside from their humanitarian values, these agencies save governments large expenditures that otherwise would mean higher tax rates.—Clarence M. Hincks, M.D., Toronto.

• Over four hundred North American ! cities have now proved the power, time and cost savings of united giving through united appeals. This extension of the Community Chest idea has cut expenses to the bone, saved the time of volunteers and raised more than the independent campaigns did alone. They have demonstrated that agencies can work together, that new members do not lose their identity any j more than long time Community Chest members like the YMCA, Boy Scouts : and VON have lost theirs . . . Ottawa will not rest until all campaign together. John H. Yerger, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Chests.

In Defense of Ernest Gye

Mv attention has been drawn to an article by Marjorie Wilkins Campbell entitled When Albani Was Queen of I Song (July 15). In the course of that I article it is stated that fier husband,

: Ernest Gye, i.e. my father, drank j heavily, and as a result in effect ruined 1 her financially.

* My father died in 1925 after being

an invalid for several years and in 1930, J the year of my mother’s death, I was ' in my fifty-seventh year and had lived with my parents the whole of my life, j I must therefore in vindication of my j father’s honored memory protest in the j strongest terms against the implication that he was a drunkard.

Nothing could have given more pain i to my mother, one of the most famous Canadians of her day, than these lies ' about her husband (to whom she was ; devoted and who was devoted to her throughout their entire married life). May I also draw your attention to the fact that Her Majesty Queen Victoria on numerous occasions welcomed both my parents to Balmoral and Windsor in a private capacity and conversely was pleased several times j to return their visits at Old Mar Lodge where they were living.—E. F. Gye, j London, Eng.

Odd Bed-fellow

Reading the story Look What Comes Out of the Hat! (Nov. 1), reminded me of the stone hot-water bottle I use.

It is marked Medalla Potteries, Medicine Hat. I sleep on the veranda all winter and this stone bottle keeps my

bed warm all night. We call it a stone pig; it must he over fifty years old so is quite antique.—Mrs. E. Young, Peachland, B.C.

Gold Bug Bites Again

The two-part yarn, Kid in the Klon; dike (Nov. 1 and 15), makes very good reading. Even after so many years the yarns are thrilling enough to create an urge to go gold hunting ... A. Seymour Marsden, Muskoka, Ont.

• ... I’m amazed Bert Parker wasn’t better informed. As a Yukoner he should have known that Robert Henderson was the discoverer of gold in the Yukon, in paying quantities, and was recognized for this by the Canadian Government . . . - Mrs Cuy C. Wright, Edmonton.

• The articles by Bert Parker, Kid in the Klondike (Nov. 1 and 15), were j very interesting inasmuch as Bert Parker’s brother Syd is my brotherin-law. Syd Parker and my sister are the parents of a large and honorable family living in Hespeler, Ont. One of their daughters, Gladys Parker, was the first in their town to join the CWACs in World War IL—Rev. C. A. Sauder, Waskatenau, Alta. ★