In the letters section of the Metro newspaper this morning, I read an interesting discussion on charitable aid, particularly for the Pakistan flood disaster. What irked me were the accusations that whilst there was a Christian Aid, there wasn't an Atheist Aid, ergo non-religious folk are tight-fisted and uncaring. What utter rubbish.
In the 2009/2010 academic year the Aston Humanist Society raised over £500 for various charities including Amnesty International (AmnesTea Party) and CRUK (Relay for Life) and we're hoping to double that this year. James is running the Birmingham Half Marathon to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières: http://www.justgiving.com/James-Ellor. I'm running the race with him to raise money for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities: http://www.justgiving.com/Tulpesh-Patel0 and also the CRUK 10km Race for Life in September: http://www.run10ksponsorme.org/tulpeshpatel1
This is not about patting ourselves on the back or feeling virtuous: What's really important is that those that can help do their bit to support the great work that lots of charities do. Proving the point that godless people care is just a bonus.