Family Day and Telethon’s

“I didn’t ask anyone to make me a poster boy, because poster boys always end up on a dart board” – Anurag Kashyap 

Today is Family Day in BC.  Yesterday was the 2017 annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon.  What do they have in common?  They are both family focused however they are designed to address temporary issues that are constantly in flux.  Families change and telethon poster children change.  I have issues with both.

1955 March of Dimes Timmy Winnipeg
Winnipeg 1955 March of Dimes Timmy

I was a poster child many years ago and I had a family many years ago.  However we age and life, like circumstances, change.  Although I do not deny the good intentions of telethon’s they do bring me some grief by becoming more of a vehicle to alleviate social guilt rather than address a growing issue.  Yes they help a handful of families but there are way more families who never see any of that help.

Too many agencies now use cuteness and touching stories to remain in business. Now I must give some credit where credit is due and the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon did raise $5.5 million dollars this year.  I am not saying that the Variety Village does not provide a much needed service but they do set up a series of unrealistic conditions.  What happens when that same cute child outgrows the services provided by an organization like Variety Village by becoming an adult in need of care?Continue reading “Family Day and Telethon’s”