Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bob Geldof paid $100,000 for poverty speech

Anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof charged $100,000 to go to Melbourne and give a speech about world suffering.

Geldof, 54, spoke about the tragedy of Third World poverty and the failure of governments to combat the crisis, at a Crown casino function on Thursday night.

But the outspoken human rights activist charged about $100,000 for his trouble - a speaker's fee that included the cost of luxury hotel rooms and first-class airfares. Fellow activist the Rev Tim Costello, World Vision's CEO, spoke for free. An event insider said the Geldof payments included the costs of a minder.

"It was an inspiring speech. But when you think he got paid $100,000 to talk about poverty, it seems like a bit of a contradiction," the insider said. "That's $100,000 that could have made a difference to poverty right there. Everyone in the audience would have walked away in awe. If only they knew the full story."


Anonymous said...

I,d like to see how much these celebs pay out to charity they do it I'm
sure but it would be interesting to see who does what !

Unknown said...

Disgusted!! This puts people off from giving to Charities. How much money is syphoned off for expenses??