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Friday 9 December 2016

Console scandal creates fresh difficulties for charities

Published 07/07/2016 | 02:30

Console founder Paul Kelly Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Console founder Paul Kelly Photo: Robbie Reynolds

I am a director and honorary treasurer of a number of charities. I give of my time freely and without compensation. I am glad to do so and feel honoured to have the opportunity to be of assistance.

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But I am also a hostage to fortune. I rely entirely on the salaried staff to provide me with accurate information so the board can make wise decisions.

One of the fall-outs of the scandals in the Central Rehabilitation Clinic, and now in Console, is that charitable donations have declined precipitously. Another less publicised consequence is that it is increasingly difficult to find anyone with suitable skills to volunteer to serve on the board of charities.

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