Bogus fundraiser in Reservoir region

Wednesday 30 May, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria is advising Reservoir residents to be on alert for a unapproved fundraising collector operating within the suburb. 

"The Cancer Council has received advice from a Reservior resident that a man is going door-to-door in Reservior, offering pens in exchange for Cancer Council donations," Cancer Council Community Relations and Fundraising Director Deb Stringer said.

"The Cancer Council does not endorse door-to-door sales and does not have a register of this man's fundraising activities." 

"The Cancer Council is concerned that this individual  is trying to take advantage of the goodwill of local residents," Ms Stringer said. 

 "We're urging locals not to donate to this bogus collector , and if approached, to contact the Cancer Council, the local police, or Consumer Affairs." 

Ms Stringer says that while this individual is not a genuine Cancer Council fundraiser, there are many passionate locals raising funds within the Reservoir area who need support, and who can be easily identified. 

"Genuine Cancer Council fundraisers wear Cancer Council fundraising identification badges and carry a letter of authority to fundraise from Cancer Council," Ms Stringer said. 

"It's also important to note that Cancer Council fundraisers do not participate in door-to-door sales, over the phone cold calling or face-to-face street sales." 

Ms Stringer says local residents who wish to support the Cancer Council but are concerned about bogus fundraisers have a number of options. 

"If you're not sure about whether a fundraising event is genuine, you can call our Supporters Hotline on 1300 65 65 85 for advice," Ms Stringer said. 

Reservoir residents can also support the Cancer Council by starting their own fundraising events, donating directly to the Cancer Council, or volunteering for one of the Cancer Council's major events. For more information on fundraising for the Cancer Council, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit http://www.cancervic.org.au/

Media contact: Anna Jones 9635 5670, 0412 704 608, anna.jones@cancervic.org.au

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