Grandad Ron explores the link between dragons, iPads, and giving back to society

“Exactly right,” exclaimed Ron. “Exactly!” he said, jabbing at the screen of the iPad. “Someone here is saying that billionaires are like dragons sitting on piles of rubies and gold that they’re never going to be able to spend, and ought to share some of that money around to other people who are less fortunate than they are.”

His wife Lorna looked up from the other side of the breakfast table. “That better not be my iPad that you’re covering in butter and jam,” she observed.

It was, and Ron attempted to brush aside the crumbs with his sleeve, but failed, making matters worse. Lorna rolled her eyes. Ron went on: “Don’t worry about it. I’ll clean it up. But if we start to talk about your iPad we’re almost as bad as the billionaires.”

Now Lorna raised her eyebrows. “How so?”, she said.

“Because we’re too bothered about ourselves and our ‘things’ to think about giving back to society; supporting people who have less than we do through no fault of their own. And there are some people struggling with real poverty as well as life-limiting conditions. That’s why the way Solo Expenses takes its social responsibility so seriously is an effective way of redressing the balance. Any company could do what Solo Expenses does, and help make life better for people who’ve been dealt a bad hand in life through no fault of their own.”

“Yes dear,” said Lorna, taking the iPad from him and reaching for a damp cloth. “I feel some mansplaining coming on,” she added.

“Well,” said Ron, buttering more toast. “Solo Expenses has set up a system for giving back to society by choosing some really deserving causes from the profits is makes from selling its expense management software packages. They’ve chosen to help organisations that can be overlooked, but where a little money can make a huge difference.”

“Go on,” said Lorna, who already knew what charities were involved in the Giving Back initiative, having done her own research, but knew Ron would tell her anyway.

“They help the blind in India, children in an African orphanage, victims of the sex trade, and they help to provide school meals for children who haven’t eaten. These are all really important, and Solo Expenses – or more importantly their customers – make funds available to support volunteers giving their time. That makes their efforts more effective, do you see?”

Lorna saw. She’d long ago seen the value offered by simple links between one part of society and another. She said: “It’s too easy for people to focus on the wrong thing, which these days is so often about making more money. But that’s the not the important thing. The important thing is what you do with the money once you’ve got it, and how much value you can make from what you’re doing. A new coat or another pair of shoes are nice to have, but not as important to those who have no coat or shoes to begin with. Or no skills to lift themselves out of poverty. That’s why we all have a responsibility to help others by being change makers, which is what Giving Back through Solo Expenses is doing. Is that what you’re trying to say?”

It was, but Ron’s mouthful of toast meant he went into a paroxysm of coughing when he tried to speak, and Lorna had to jump up and thumb him heartily between the shoulder blades. “Don’t talk with our mouth full…” she said.