Disgusted volunteer

Dear Queenie,

  I volunteer with a community service group that holds an appreciation event for its volunteers every year. They sell us raffle tickets for some great prizes.

  This year a bunch of local politicians who hold public office also attended and some of them won prizes in the raffle.

  Queenie, don’t you think those prizes should have gone to some of the volunteers?—Disgusted volunteer

Dear Volunteer,

  The group you volunteer for was trying to raise money to fund its work and anyone who paid for a raffle ticket was entitled to do whatever they wanted with any prize they were lucky enough to win.

  It would have been nice of the winners who were not volunteers to donate their prizes back to the organisation or to the volunteers, but they had paid for their raffle tickets like everyone else and had every right to keep any prizes they won.