A reluctance to give donations to charities raising funds for natural disasters such as the aftermath of the Tsunami, the S Asian Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters. These events appear to occur with increasing frequency and so the public become weary of constantly being called upon to donate funds to help the needy.
This is also accompanied by a feeling that funds given in the past have been mismanaged through poor administration and other factors: therefore there is little point in making a donation as it will never reach those who need it most.
Roger was suffering from compassion fatigue when he watched another appeal to help the victims of the S Asian Earthquake. This time, he decided, charity begins at home. He went out for a few drinks down the pub.