Congratulations, Red Cross Society! You’re now in the running for most venal organization in China, against some pretty stiff competition. But if you keep overspending on real and imagined projects, then who knows, you might just win the title outright.
Fresh from a juicy scandal involving a girl infantilized enough to add ‘Baby’ after her name (no, we’re not talking about our future wife) posting pictures online of her exorbitant lifestyle, the Red Cross Society has now been revealed to have exceeded their equipment procurement budget by 4.2 million RMB in December 2009, according to a report from the National Audit Office.
China Daily reports that The Red Cross Society also spent 300,000 RMB on web management training that has yet to even take place, and that the organization is doing wonders for public faith in charities:
In a survey by 21cn.com that began on Monday, 62 percent of the 770 participants as of Monday evening said they no longer believed in any philanthropic organization, another 23 percent said they would donate only via personal contacts, and only five people still considered the Red Cross a trustworthy channel for donations.
All kidding aside, the actions of the Red Cross Society have no place in charitable organizations. Especially since we regard the corruption of an institution set up specifically to aid those in need as being exponentially worse than a profit-oriented corporation doing the same. If the allegations against the charity are true, then we unreservedly welcome the forthcoming rolling of heads that will take place.