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    AdelaideNow... Revealed: $100,000 for Bob Geldof's talk on poverty

    The Hypocrites....

    ANTI-POVERTY campaigner Sir Bob Geldof cost organisers $100,000 to come to Melbourne and give a speech about world suffering.
    Geldof, 54, spoke about the tragedy of Third World poverty and the failure of governments to combat the crisis at a Crown casino function on Thursday night.

    But it can be revealed the outspoken human rights activist charged about $100,000 for his troubles – a fee that included the cost of luxury hotel rooms and first-class airfares.

    Fellow activist, World Vision CEO the Rev Tim Costello, spoke for free.

    An event insider said: "It was an inspiring speech. But when you think he got paid $100,000 to talk about poverty it seems like a bit of a contradiction.

    "That's $100,000 that could have made a difference to poverty right there

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    If someone was willing to pay for his services then I don't see the problem. He's probably going to give it away to charity anyway.

    Also, what's wrong with private for-profit charities? Considering "the failure of governments to combat the crisis", I'd say it's the only way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexAG View Post
    AdelaideNow... Revealed: $100,000 for Bob Geldof's talk on poverty

    The Hypocrites....

    ANTI-POVERTY campaigner Sir Bob Geldof cost organisers $100,000 to come to Melbourne and give a speech about world suffering.
    Geldof, 54, spoke about the tragedy of Third World poverty and the failure of governments to combat the crisis at a Crown casino function on Thursday night.

    But it can be revealed the outspoken human rights activist charged about $100,000 for his troubles – a fee that included the cost of luxury hotel rooms and first-class airfares.

    Fellow activist, World Vision CEO the Rev Tim Costello, spoke for free.

    An event insider said: "It was an inspiring speech. But when you think he got paid $100,000 to talk about poverty it seems like a bit of a contradiction.

    "That's $100,000 that could have made a difference to poverty right there
    Sounds like a case of Looking After Number One!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    Sounds like a case of Looking After Number One!

    The Rat!
    Or a hungry mouth being more concerned than hungry mouths.
    All great truths begin as blasphemies!

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    By the looks of thr story Bob was put the charity, which means, number one they had the money to spare and number two they thought that they would see a financial return on having Bob as a speaker.

    If the charity didn't see a return I can almost be certain that Bob would offer to repay the cost of his appearence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20000miles View Post
    Also, what's wrong with private for-profit charities? Considering "the failure of governments to combat the crisis", I'd say it's the only way to go.

    you obviously know nothing about charities and the non-profit sector. The above seems to suggest you didn't know private sector non profit charities exist. Charities put all their resources into achieving their mission statement, they don't need a profit motive to work effectively because people who contribute financially to them believe in their work and feel its worth their money.
    A for profit charity is just an 'ethical' business, and plenty of them already exist (for example a.f.a.i.k Innocent smoothies donate 10% of profits to charity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJL4277 View Post
    you obviously know nothing about charities and the non-profit sector. The above seems to suggest you didn't know private sector non profit charities exist. Charities put all their resources into achieving their mission statement, they don't need a profit motive to work effectively because people who contribute financially to them believe in their work and feel its worth their money.
    A for profit charity is just an 'ethical' business, and plenty of them already exist (for example a.f.a.i.k Innocent smoothies donate 10% of profits to charity)
    I am aware that for profit charities exist.

    Also, I have no qualms about non-profit charities, nor do I have any problems with for-profit charities that keep a percentage of donations as profit.

    What motivated me to post on this topic was the fact that the OP displayed an innate hatred for the concept of 'profit' altogether.

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    Hey give him a break, they guy has two half orphans to look after. Budding talent-free-celebrity careers are very expensive to build you know.
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    I think were missing the greater tragedy here, were STILL talking about world poverty more than 20 years after his Live Aid shbang, and before that they'd been talking about it since the 50's

    Lets face facts, its never going to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixIreland View Post
    I think were missing the greater tragedy here, were STILL talking about world poverty more than 20 years after his Live Aid shbang, and before that they'd been talking about it since the 50's

    Lets face facts, its never going to change.
    To be honest, people like Bob Geldof, while noble in their aspirations, often deflect from longer term development goals. Band-aid type solutions will never work, root and branch reform of all sections of 3rd world socities are required. Many of these countries need to be brought first into the 20th century and maybe then they might have a chance of entering the 21st century.

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