'They are not, they are doing it for themselves'
Whoa... Come on Dave... like the guy yesterday in the London Marathon carrying 'Blackpool Tower'. Hard to imagine doing something like that purely to satisfy your own ego..? No I think some people do set out with the view of raising funds and not always just for their own satisfaction...
Not talking about everyone Mick, as some do put themselves through what are extreme challenges for them, in ther aid of good causes.
I'm taking about those that are going to do something anyway, becuase it's what they enjoy doing, whether its a long walk, bungee jump or whatever, and then make out that the reason they are doing it is for charity. Those, that if they couldn't raise a penny would still go ahead and do what they planned, because the charity thing was just an addon.
Not saying it's bad or anything as obviously any funds raised and going to good causes has to be applauded.
My Munro baggin partner was in the local paper last year after he raised charity funds following his ascent of Mont Blanc.
However he was careful not to claim he had done it for charity but thought that as he was doing it anyway it might be a good idea to try and raise some money for 'Help for Heroes'.
Some of our club members ran the London Marathon and came round beforehand with their sponsorship forms. Not one of them were doing it for charity, they were doing it for themselves and raising donation in the process.
This lady doing the end to end, is doing the same. I mean good on her, she's raising funds while doing what she enjoys.
It's just that common phrase "doing it for charity" that gets me, in those cases when that is clearly not the motivating factor.