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Tearfund challenge provokes thought

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29 May 2015

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From Mr John Freeman

Sir, - Tearfund's proposal that we should be "ordinary heroes" and give away our incomes above a certain level (News, 1 May) is attractive; but to whom or to what should I give my money?

To my parish church, which will spend it on fixing the stained glass? To a major charity, whose director draws a salary of £100,000-plus? To a street beggar, who has real need, but will buy beer? To a struggling family, who will become embarrassedly dependent?

The best way, I think, to lessen poverty is to increase the rate of employment; so what I should do is buy a new British-made car; but that consumes more of earth's resources.

I have not decided what to do.

JOHN FREEMAN,
37 Huntsmans Gate,
Bretton,
Peterborough PE3 9AU

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