Tragedy brings out our generous nature
THE urge to do something when confronted by stories of human misery in news can be almost irresistible. Take the heartbreaking story of Marta Salacka, the young mother with leukaemia, who needs €25,000 to allow her go home to her parents in Poland on a special medical flight.
The local community in Limerick has rallied round and organised a fundraiser at Ahane GAA clubhouse. People also gave so generously to the online fund that more than €20,000 has been raised over the past few days.
Charity is one of the most basic human virtues. Even in the most booming times, it is hard to demonstrate enough of it. When the economy goes into reverse, we all, understandably, become more reluctant to part with any money we have in case we turn out to need it ourselves.