A naïve charity is trying to make you pledge your future wages for your entire life
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A half-baked charity campaign to donate a tenth of future wages has gained worldwide attention.
Hand-wringing subscribers to the Giving What We Can group promise to pledge at least 10 per cent of their future income for their entire lives hoping to tackle world poverty.
Nearly 1000 students have signed up to the scheme, which is comparable to American pre-teens who don chastity rings swearing not to have sex until marriage.
Hopeful Cambridge medic Ravi Patel launched the campaign with the comedy video above, which has gained a total of £13 million “pledged” money.
It shows History second year Luke Ilott promising to give 10 per cent of his income to charity during a mock wedding ceremony in the chapel of Cambridge’s Jesus College.
The group claims support from Harvard, Berkeley and other unis in America, Germany, France and India.
They say students know after graduating into low incomes and paying back debts they’re likely to be among the richest 2.4 per cent in the world.
Cambridge historian Luke told the Sunday Times: “It’s a really great new year’s resolution.
“By doing it now, while we are still students, we can get used to the idea that when we do get a job we will live on 90 per cent of our salaries.
“As a student you get used to living on very little.”
He added: “We use the marriage ceremony to illustrate that taking the pledge is a life-changing commitment.
“I hope I will have the moral courage to stick to it even if life gets a bit tough.”
The Giving What We Can group say they will work with grads over their lifetimes and require them to fill in public annual returns so they honour all pledges.