Let me be completely transparent here and tell you that I was involved in a fundraising project for Haiti recently, the proceeds of which were donated to the Irish Red Cross. It involved huge effort on the part of those who undertook its organisation, and was in many ways a great success. By that, I mean it contributed greatly to the cultural life of our town and gave us the possibility to create other events in the future.
Those events won’t involve the Irish Red Cross. When the Haiti fundraiser was over, I decided never again to work with them on anything.
I will never again, as long as I live, collaborate with the Irish Red Cross.
If they’d like to sue me, I’ll offer the ultimate defence: what I say is true. It is a matter of indisputable fact that I will never do anything for the Irish Red Cross again. Besides, I’d be only too happy to spell out in excruciating public detail precisely why I feel as I do.
I will never work with these people on the tiniest, most trivial effort. Never. Under any circumstances.
I see they’re now suing Google, which is as insane a waste of public contributions as anyone could imagine, and a clear illustration of what happens when an organisation run by amateurs starts to take itself seriously.
There’s nothing new about this. Amateur organisations the world over are run by self-important people who come to believe their own message, but the IRC case is a special example of stupidity.
They want to expose an anonymous blogger who criticised them, and they’re using your charitable contributions to fund their extremely expensive court case, but their stupidity doesn’t end there.
The Irish Red Cross is challenging Google’s billions on a case of principle, using charitable donations, and with little or no chance of succeeding, but their stupidity doesn’t even end there.
Assuming that they somehow defeat Google and force them to reveal the identity of this anonymous blogger, they face a final obstacle.
Google doesn’t know. They don’t have that information because you don’t have to reveal your identity to set up a Blogger site. Five minutes research would have shown they were wasting their time.
So, after spending gigantic amounts of public donations, the geniuses who run the Irish Red Cross still won’t have a name to crucify.
Is it any wonder I swore I’d never work with these people again?
By the way, this isn’t the last story about the arrogance and stupidity of the Irish Red Cross.
Watch this space.