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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Favourite charity by ev on 28 May 2011 6:59pm
What's your favourite charity/charities, and why?
Re: Favourite charity by Ken Dunn on 28 May 2011 9:46pm
The British Heart Foundation (although there are others) because they have a shop in Kirkcaldy where I can get good bargain books and take unwanted items for them to sell for funds towards the charity's work.
Re: Favourite charity by Loretto on 28 May 2011 10:28pm
The Portumna Workhouse Center in County Galway Ireland, Cancer Research and NUI Galway

Re: Favourite charity by kazzzz on 29 May 2011 4:02am
The Starlight Foundation
Re: Favourite charity by Loretto on 29 May 2011 5:22pm
Hi ya Kazz!!!!!!!'
Re: Favourite charity by TERRY S on 29 May 2011 8:44pm
Children of the Night, Cry, and the Salvation Army.
Re: Favourite charity by irishmanufan on 30 May 2011 9:41am
DSPCA ( dublin society for the prevention of cruelty to animals ) as i volunteer for them . http://www.dspca.ie/

irish heart foundation my uncle lost his life to heart problems http://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/

irish cancer society my mom survived breast cancer . http://www.cancer.ie/
Re: Favourite charity by sighthound on 31 May 2011 4:19am
Heifer International - which provides animals to impoverished people and any help needed to raise them successfully to provide meat, milk, eggs, fiber, transportation, etc. and helps them (mostly women) to develop a market for the products the animals provide. (Lots of girls are getting educated thanks to HI animals.) The most wonderful part is that whovever gets animals from HI is obligated, when the animals start re-producing, to give an equal number of animals to another deserving person, who is then obligated to do the same, and so on and so on. A gift to HI keeps on giving for generations.

Doctors without Borders - they are ALWAYS where they are needed.

Amnesty International - I have a personal connection to this one that convinced me of their effectiveness. The premier breeder of Akhal-Tekes, my favorite breed of horse which comes from Turkmenistan, fell afoul of the vile dictator there and was thrown into a death camp. All the normal diplomatic channels to get him out failed for months and months and months and Geldy was near death. I finally got someone in the New York AI office on the phone in the same week that a friend in the UK got someone in the London AI office to listen to her. Within 3 weeks, AI got him out. Geldy probably wouldn't have lasted another week. The butcher Niazov is now dead and Geldy, while he will suffer the ill effects of his imprisionment for the rest of his life, has recovered enough to become again the protector of these rare, ancient, magnificent horses. My gratitude to Amnesty International is boundless.

This isn't exactly a charity but it can use help of a non-monatary sort: www.vai.org/Research/Labs/CancerAndDevelopmentalCellBiology/CHCC.aspx

Last week I lost my beloved Kami, champion show dog, keen hunter, great therapy dog and my partner in so many enterprises, to cancer. One small consolation is that her tissue samples are now being used in two canine cancer studies that may help to figure out means of prevention or find genetic markers to breed out a propensity for various cancers. One study is exclusively for salukis with hemangiosarcoma but this one needs tissue samples from any pure-bred dog (they need to be able to trace the lineage) with any cancer. They send out collection kits which make it easy for vets to participate. The specimens need to be fresh so that probably limits them to the U.S. and Canada. It would be good to spread the word about this study to vets in North America; providing a way for a pet's death to have positive consequences does help to deal with it.


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