From: Keith Wigglesworth, Highburton, Huddersfield.
FOLLOWING my first week at school, I recall running home clutching a booklet containing pictures of little children and a letter to my parents asking for monetary support to give these African youngsters food, clean drinking water and education.
Now, 75 years later, I see that we are still being asked to give money to provide clean drinking water.
During the intervening years, we have been bombarded with requests for monetary aid with unfailing regularity, and this is on top of the billions of pounds of our money that have been given in overseas aid by our various governments.
There appears to be very little in the way of monitoring what happens to overseas aid, both Governmental and from private individuals, although we do hear from time to time that vast sums are being spent on what most people would regard as frivolous activities.
Meantime, my wife and I give what we can afford to a small, private charity to help a severely autistic boy have a better quality of life and also because we know that every penny that we give goes entirely towards this aim, with nothing being siphoned off for other purposes.