Go Harvey Go!

harveynorman-300x01Any interactions I have had, as a fundraiser, with Harvey Norman have been positive ones. But it clearly hasn’t come from top down.

I actually can’t believe, as reported on the Mallen Baker Blog, that its founder Gerry Harvey has said that donating to charities such as homelessness charities is “just wasted”. More, he said that because homeless people “are not putting anything back into the community” it is just “helping a whole heap of no-hopers to survive for no good reason. They are just a drag on the community”.

Gerry Harvey is worth $1.6bn and in his opinion putting it to good use would  only go to help a bunch of no-hopers who don’t put anything into society.

Here’s an idea Gerry….you could offer jobs to people who are in this position and help that way. People become homeless for many reasons. As the Mallen Baker Blog states:

The most common reasons for homelessness in Australia include domestic and family violence, eviction from previous accommodation and relationships or family breakdown….in the UK quite a large number of homeless men are ex-servicemen, people who you might think have put quite a lot into society.

Gerry Harvey probably loves controversy, and the fact that we are talking about this probably makes his day. Look here’s the thing, its his money and he can do what he wants. But without spending a cent Gerry could make a difference. I would challenge Gerry to take a risk (I’m sure he has taken many) and allow us prove him wrong.

2 thoughts on “Go Harvey Go!

  1. I thought that was pretty bizarre alright when I read it in the age. I’m not sure if you realise it but Harvey Norman in Australia are a very visible donor to The Variety Club and mention them in their television adverts (or at least did when I lived there 7 years ago). My other half was in the industry and said that the stores would hold fundraisers for Variety Club, such as a “Sausage Sizzle”. Hard to imagine in the Food Nazi regulated Ireland but a sausage sizzle is when a local butcher donates sausages, and a few blokes get a gas barbie fired up and well, sizzle them. A few onions, some fresh sliced bread and ketchup. A speciality of The Lyons club but also popular with schools, volunteer fire brigades and in this case, Electrical Store Proprietors.

    Cynical? Yes, It is a popular way of directing traffic into a store on a Saturday morning (when one might be hanging out for a bit of greasy protein and carbs) but raises a few bob too.

    As to why Gerry Harvey might have made such a comment? Well, I read recently that charities which support the homeless are going to find it even tougher in the recessionary climate as some successful and potentially philanthropic people judge them to be, the architects of their own downfall.

    Which is kind of ironic when a lot of us are probably just one or two paycheques away from some kind of a fall from grace ourselves.

    I don’t really understand it.

    I hope you can find a way to include Sausage Sizzles in your study of fundraising, although at this stage I would suggest you try Superquinn’s finest CHICKEN sausages, just to be safe…..

    xx

  2. Whoops! I meant to post that as AA. I forgot I was signed in as Hammie, my other blog

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