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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:29 am
“In these hedonistic and self-focused times, broader issues of community interest, equity and minority rights are sidelined or given lower priority,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald’s Geoff Kitney last January. “While individualism has flourished we, in our debt-laden castles and our fear of the unknown which the new world order of global terrorism has created, have become more selfish and less tolerant … I also believe that the power of individualism is breaking down a sense of community and community responsibility which will have long-term consequences for cohesion and ethical standards.”
So much for what Kitney believes. Here are some facts:
Many charities are reporting unprecedented levels of generosity this year, with a late surge of donations boosting their Christmas coffers.
Children’s hospitals also said they were overflowing with gifts. A record number of presents arrived at the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick.
Spokeswoman Jan Forrester said “thousands” had poured in, with deliveries being made right up until Christmas Eve.
Donations to the Salvation Army are up 10 per cent on last year. And donations to overseas charities have increased as well, according to Tim Costello. The likes of Kitney (and Hugh Mackay, whose wayward views may be read at the Costello link) should be kept in pits and doused with lye until they appreciate the kindness of their fellow Australians.