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frownieface Wed 03-Aug-11 21:28:57

O.K so there is a place for charity adverts, to raise funds and what-not.

I have just seen an advert that has reduced me and my dp to tears. I already give to this charity (even when I reported to the charity that a cat had been run over and obviously needed putting down it was alive and screaming sad they said that they didn't do that hmm)

Anyway my point is, what is the point of showing the absolute worst of what happens? because people will switch off, why not show the results of the donation? for example: this was buttons 6 months ago, and this is what has happened 6 months later?

Sirzy Wed 03-Aug-11 21:31:17

Shock tactics to get peoples attention and make them realise why they need the money probably.

I do see what you mean about the 6 months after stuff though but I am not sure that would be as effective.

bubblesincoffee Wed 03-Aug-11 21:33:14

I have thought the same.

Seeing the cancer research ads and such like just makes me change channel or turn away. It's just too upsetting and I give to them, and other of my own choosing monthly anyway.

I suppose they know what they are doing though. They are run in exactly the same way as businesses, and they wouldn't do it if it didn't work.

smallandroid Wed 03-Aug-11 21:33:34

i can see your being upset - but to me it's sort of weird that an animal charity would have you in tears rather than a human (save the children for example) appeal

Empusa Wed 03-Aug-11 21:36:57

Because people stopped responding to the 6 months after stuff sad

"but to me it's sort of weird that an animal charity would have you in tears rather than a human (save the children for example) appeal"

Is it an either/or situation? hmm

frownieface Wed 03-Aug-11 21:54:57

It doesn't mean that children's charity's don't get my spare penny's! (I currently have a sponsor guide dog, I give to whizz kids, and the rspca) why should I be guilt tripped into giving to anyone else (even if they are worthy charities?) If I cant afford it?

joric Wed 03-Aug-11 22:02:11

I'm afraid I have been turning over the latest run of Cancer research ads.
The ones with tales of people getting better that end with the most heartbroken (almost silent) cry from a person who has obviously lost someone.
That cry is in me.. I don't want to be reminded of it when I'm watching tv....but having said that I can understand why they have made the advert.

caffevalium Wed 03-Aug-11 22:02:26

OP it is precisely for this reason that I turn them over or mute the telly and go do something when they come on. I am sure I'm not the only one and I really feel the effects of the adverts are totally counterproductive.

snippywoo2 Wed 03-Aug-11 22:04:36

It's like one big guilt trip the charity ads, like the ones about Africa. So far the people in this country have donated 42 million pound plus what the government has donated, yet the ads continue. Do they advertise in other countries the same way they do here because from what I've read no one else seems to be giving like we do.

BikiniBottom Wed 03-Aug-11 22:06:01

I hate these ads. When my mum had cancer, she kept getting terrified and upset by one of the scary cancer adverts. It just made her situation more unbearable. I bloody hate that charity now and when I think of the money spent on that ad and the effect it had. I think charities should be a bloody sight more careful about their ads that donations are paying for.

caffevalium Wed 03-Aug-11 22:28:56

Completely agree bikini!

pissovski Wed 03-Aug-11 22:37:44

Another one who can't bear the current Cancer Research one. It had me and DH in tears the other day, as earlier this year his dad died of cancer, only 5 weeks after diagnosis. When i was 11 it was my nan who was the one didn't survive. I have to turn it over.

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