Bogans are the most generous givers
World Vision is a signed-up member of the ever-growing ‘I Love Frankston’ fan club, applauding the generosity and compassion of local residents whose good deeds often go unnoticed by the media.
Results from a recent World Vision survey into child sponsorship found that the so-called ‘bogans’ of Australia often beat out the bourgeoisie and blue-bloods when it comes to making a difference in the fight against global poverty.
According to the survey findings, Frankston residents are among Australia’s biggest givers to children living in poverty, regardless of a weekly median income of $880, which is significantly lower than the national median household income of $1,139. Despite child sponsors accounting for less than two per cent of the total population of Victoria, more than 1,000 Frankston residents currently sponsor a child through World Vision.
The survey shows that those postcodes with a lower median weekly household income are more than keeping up with their affluent neighbours when it comes to digging deep. Levels of income do not determine people’s generosity and compassion for the poor.
You don’t have to earn a lot of money or live in affluent suburbs to make a significant difference to the lives of these children. Frankston residents are a great example of how generous all Australians can be when they’re determined to help someone out.
Victoria’s Biggest Givers - 2009 World Vision Family Challenge
(National median household income: $1,139)
Ranking by suburb and median weekly household income
1. Glen Waverley: $1,233
2. Frankston: $880
3. Belmont: $1,006
4. Kew: $1,636
5. Glen Iris: $1,572
6. Brighton: $1,806
7. Eltham: $1,603
8. Mordialloc: $1,160
9. Mount Waverley: $1,151
10. Richmond: $1,234
The cost of child sponsorship through World Vision is $43 per month. Families and individuals can sign up for child sponsorship online at www.worldvision.com.au or by calling World Vision on 13 32 40.
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