Blog: Where is the TV camera?

With Christmas fast approaching, the inflation of charitable events has been taking over Slovakia. Yes, it’s that time of the year when I wish people noticed that children’s hospitals have more wards than the “oncology” one.

(Source: TASR)

On Facebook, the European Commission in a video clip wishes everybody “Happy International Volunteer Day” and announces: “We are launching the European Solidarity Corps this Wednesday 7 December. Stay tuned!“ I try to stay tuned but all I can see is... too many politicians and too few real volunteers.

It starts with EC President Jean Claude Juncker delivering a speech about volunteering, then under Juncker’s voice some footage of volunteers helping migrants get off their raft, most probably in Greece. I would have liked to listen to them talking about volunteering, not to Juncker…..

Anyway, with Christmas fast approaching, the inflation of charitable events (some of them involving volunteering) has been taking over Slovakia. Yes, it’s that time of the year when I wish people noticed that children’s hospitals have more wards than the “oncology” one. It seems that at Christmas time everybody wants to help a child suffering from cancer even if the number of children oncologic patients in Slovakia is in reality much lower than the “impression” created by soapy TV shows, fortunately.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Dual quality in the EU will be punished

Slovakia’s Agriculture Ministry welcomed the change, calling it a victory.

Food prices keep falling.

Blog: Bringing top business minds and students together

Martin Kardoš of CSI Leasing introduces the Mentor Network Program aimed at pairing young talents with experienced mentors from the business world.

Martin Kardoš, Managing Director CEE at CSI Leasing, at one of the Mentor Network Program events.

Blog: What about parking slots for “brains”?

Will the state of biomedical research trigger reactions at least half as passionate as Bratislava's parking policy?

Illustrative stock photo