Sorry, I have to get this off my chest or I will explode…
In a post on another motorcyclists site, I wished everyone a Merry Christmas and added photos of the toy run, as I did on here, to spread some cheer. Most replies where of the ‘well done’ nature, ‘bikers doing good’ kinda thing… Except one; here, unedited excerpts from that thread:
“Merry Christmas To You All
The Ace Café Toy Run Pics - Bikers are great people. Here is your proof. Hundreds of bikers attended, a van full of toys donated by them ditributed around three hospitals.”
The Dissenter replied:
“I assume that the toys go to all the needy children the area not just children in hospital as I have never understood why children in hospital would lack toys at Christmas”
“??? Wow… Ooooooooook, they go to the kids in the hospitals we visited. Regardless of their background. I for one certainly would not be so crass as to investigate whether a child in hospital comes from a broken home or Buck House. It is a kid, it is not well, it is in hospital. It gets a prezzie; End Of…”
As **** (another poster on this site) said he was very moved by the experience of giving a present to a sick child as is right and proper.
But what would be more useful to a sick child is not a present that will probably be ignored or broken in a couple of hours but better equipment or more nurses.
I deal with disadvantaged children and young people 24/7 350 days a year the physical and mental abuse they can sometimes suffer is beyond belief.
So when the nice bikers come giving out presents to the sick kids once a year, I do feel most of time they are bringing coals to Newcastle.
I would repectfully suggest maybe some presents could go to the local family centre they will know the familys that need the most help.
Most surprised this message, especially from you.
Mate, it was just some people doing some good, at their own expense, looking for nothing back except the smile in the kids faces. Bringing a little cheer to some sick kids, we were NOT trying to save the world, change anything, and we could have taken food to the 20,000 starving kids in Mexico who live on the streets…
Why don’t YOU organise something with YOUR local bikers to do what YOU want and help the kids YOU want to help RATHER THAN just dissing what other have done> Merry Christmas? Indeed…
OK, that is it; I am sorry to have a rant but to get this reaction from another motorcyclist really stunned me… As if we don’t get enough abuse from other sectors of society as it is… I apologise unreservedly to the people of LB and the moderators for having a rant, but another ‘biker’ dissing bikers doing good stunned the hell out of me… Of to have a cold shower and cool down… Yours sincerly, Toast, very very annoyed…