I kinda agree with what you say but there are a lot of mean, busy, selfish, unaware people out there that will happily keep their head in the sand unless you smack in the head with an issue.
How do you propose to educate people? 11m people watched children in need, it would take one helluva documentary / article / news item to hit that kind of audience.
The amount raised by these types of charities may be a drop in the ocean. However mainstream charities raise a lot but spend a lot doing it. Adverts, agents/chuggers, race bond places are all expensive. In terms or "profit" I would guess / hope that CIN or band aid is pretty effective.
In my opinion its better to let some ageing pop star give their time for nowt and let them get self promotion instead of paying a marketing company or chug loads of cash to VLM buying bond places.
I agree it is a shame that genuine charity workers get no credit. The problem is without celebs or big names nobody will tune in and if nobody watches then the donations will be dramatically reduced. IF you believe in charity (which it is pretty sad if you don't) what options do they have to raise money?
If you say they can only employ adverts and raise awareness on the streets it takes a huge amount of effort to raise money.
Big scale evenings like Children in Need, sport relief or charity singles raise huge amounts of cash. Yes there is some self promotion going on but if nobody turned up they would be called pampered selfish stars.
We are truely in the age of rage. Everyone has to be offended by something, there is always an angle to be found to snipe and criticise.
The majority of Africa is a pretty much a developed part of the world (education, sanitation & opportunities). However the pain an suffering that goes on in the remainder of the continent is unbelievable.
I agree with the view that the long term solution is to think big picture and work towards infrastructure and governments than can fix their own problems. However that takes time which people on the ground suffering today do not have.
As humans we have two options. Either complain that it is someone elses fault or responsibility or try to do something to help.
I do not have the guts, time or money to actually go and help so I choose to contribute financially to support organisations to do that. Whether that makes me a wimp or a hypocrite I am not sure.
I have not downloaded the song as I have the original (far superior) and I am not entirely sure how they plan to spend the money. I choose instead to donate to the DEC. However the people doing or buying the song are at least trying, seems to me they cannot win whatever they do.