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.