Saturday, April 01, 2017

Charity is good for the poor

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle has finally cleared camping homeless people from the City of Melbourne, and good on him. Unlike some, I never kicked them as I passed by the scum living on the streets, with their horrible cheap nylon blankets. Why can't these cretins understand that if you live on the streets, you need a woollen blanket to keep you properly warm. Nylon blankets? Really?

Lord Mayor Doyle, although a former conservative politician is not a heartless man. He has actually cleared out the permanent homeless from our streets, a great thing for our city and for them. All services for the homeless within the City of Melbourne have been withdrawn. I hope he moved them into suitable accommodation, but does it really matter? As long as we can't see them, it is good. But as he said, there will always be transient homeless element in Melbourne.

His latest project after cancelling all permits for charity organisations to serve meals to the transient homeless is gift voucher incentives to encourage restaurants and cafes to leave out trays of healthy sandwiches for the homeless at tram and bus stops. If the operator of such a business leaves out sandwiches every night of their opening, the vouchers are quite generous to the provider of such largess. After a nice meal in town one evening, on our way home we walked past tram and bus stops, and sure enough, there was a tray of sandwiches left at each, there for the hungry and homeless. What a kind and caring city we live in. Go Doyle!

I am sure no one would object if you chose to be proactive and leave some sandwiches out for the poor at our city tram and bus stops. It won't cost you much, and while these sandwiches are freely available in the city, there is not much in the way of such donations for the needy in the suburbs. So if you are in the 'burbs, it it is up to you to do your part and leave some sandwiches out. The next time we go to see Mother, I will insist R make up a tray to leave in her scummy town main street. I hope they don't expect brie. I just can't get past how kind Australian people are. Even if you are in a country town, what about you leaving some sandwiches out for the poor and hungry? What about cake? Would cake for the poor be too much and make them too reliant on our charity?

Probably best we don't feed them cake. I have a vague memory of someone suggesting feeding cake to the poor and it didn't end well for her. Let's just stick with sangers. Do your bit for the poor.


  1. it is very sad but the poor are around the world

  2. It's April lst.
    Might have been very angry with you until I realized the sandwiches are on the ground, uncovered where every stray dog, pidgeon and homeless can pee on the them.

    And if the useless bastard was going to do something useful, turning the Town Hall into a soup kitchen would be a start.
    And why not open Etihad stadium every cold night and put out blankets, wool, of course. We wouldn't want the homeless to look poor.
    And the poor queen never did say that remark but you could make up for it by standing on the balcony and tossing Brioche to the hungry.

  3. It's good that the city has been cleansed/rid of such poor individuals. Not wrapped in the idea of leaving food on the ground for those in need, obvious reasons for that.
    It's a wonder there are not 'many' organizations who cater for the homeless in the food wagon area within the city in an area where it's away from the norm of the city. Perhaps there is a food wagon of some kind and I'm not aware.

  4. 1. homeless does not equal scum, some people are down on their luck through no fault of their own
    2. nylon blankets are cheaper and dry faster when washed, but yes, woollen would be better, if only people could afford to donate them.
    3. good they're off the city streets, but not just so that you can't see them, hopefully there is a facility now available for them to sleep at night.
    4. I would hope there are still charitable associations in the near city suburbs that can provide meals, not just restaurants and cafes leaving trays of sandwiches, which is a good idea in itself, but soup kitchens provide hot foods too.

  5. I have visited lots of cities with soup kitchens. If the well-fed amongst us are prepared to volunteer, there are always plenty of jobs in helping the hungry eat decently.

  6. HOmeless are everywhere and very visible in Oregon. I know there are many causes, as a formerly homeless person myself.

  7. Oh you are a one Andrew☺ I'm guessing/hoping this was an April Fool post, you had me going there for a moment!

  8. Good one Andrew!! Glad we are going backwards or Mum would have been sucked in for sure. Saw something the other day in Sydney which Mum loved. Outside a terrace house was a glass doored cabinet filled with canned food, fruit and other essentials. There was a note attached to the cabinet saying something like. Take what you need or leave what you think others could use. What a good idea, aye?? Don't know if it was working out but it sure was worth a try, aye??