Children’s charity Barnardos, which has been a frontline supporter of Green MP Sue Bradford’s “anti-smacking” bill, says it has taken a hit from bill opponents who have stopped making donations.
So far, more than 60 organisations, charities and businesses have publicly stated their support for Ms Bradford’s proposed law change. Many of them, especially charities, rely on public donations to continue their work.
Barnardos said its backing for the bill had had an impact both in terms of public perception and financial support.
“That’s part of the cost of what we are committed to,” chief executive Murray Edridge said.
“We have some people who clearly feel so strongly about our support for the legislation that they don’t want to continue to support the organisation financially. They are in the minority, but it’s disappointing to lose anybody in terms of support for what we do.”
Several other charities spoken to by the Herald said they had received angry emails and letters from bill opponents. Some reported a noticeable drop in support while others were concerned how later fundraising would be affected.
Plunket has been as vocal as Barnardos in its support. Chief executive Paul Baigent said it was unfortunate people were withdrawing support because the only ones who suffered as a result were the families and children they helped.
New Zeal Any organisations backing Bradford’s bill should be boycotted. Before making charitable donations to organisations connected to child welfare, check their position on the bill. If they support it, let them know that you will no longer support them until they change their stance.
It goes without saying that Labour, the Greens, Peter Dunne and any other MP’s backing the bill should be boycotted at the next election.