Letter: Millennium greed

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The Independent Culture
Sir: What an unpleasant story of greed ("The waiter who won't get out of bed for less that pounds 1,000 - and other ways to milk the millennium", 1 December). Momentarily, I thought I'd auction my professional childcare skills for New Year's Eve 1999 to the highest bidder but then realised I'd got caught up with the hype and felt sickened. Do we have to enter the next century so selfishly?

Is there an organisation that would set up a nationwide database of vetted voluntary staff willing to offer their services for free, to enable the less fortunate members of our society to celebrate too? If so, I'll offer my services as a babysitter. Am I being naive?