June 27, 2012

2010 October 12 – Beware of Hoax Collectors for COPD Australia

‘The Australian Lung Foundation today warned members of the community against donating to COPD Australia, a group claiming to collect money for people with a lung disease,’ Mr William Darbishire, CEO of The Australian Lung Foundation.

COPD Australia was deregistered by the Office of Lotteries and Gaming Commission following a raid by the South Australian Police Major Fraud Branch in June 2009. People need to be aware that this organization is not connected in any way to The Australian Lung Foundation and nor should they give money to collectors representing COPD Australia.

‘As recently as 10 October 2010, people claiming to represent COPD Australia have been collecting money in Adelaide. South Australian Police’s Major Fraud Branch and Liquor and Gaming Investigators allege that COPD Australia representatives falsely posed as collectors for lung disease between 2004 and June of 2008 and the case is currently before the courts,’ Mr Darbishire said.

Mr Darbishire went on to say that it is understood that, as a result of the investigation into COPD Australia, the organisation lost their licence to collect donations in both South Australia and Western Australia.

The Australian Lung Foundation does not engage face-to-face collectors to raise money to assist those millions of Australians affected by COPD. Donations to The Australian Lung Foundation are collected through a variety of avenues including our website (www.lungfoundation.com.au), appeals, art unions and events.

‘We at The Australian Lung Foundation are very proud of the work we do for patients with COPD, their families and carers and find it despicable that people collect monies dishonestly and which subsequently impacts on the ability of legitimate organizations to source donations,’ said Mr Darbishire.

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For further information,contact William Darbishire on 07 3251 3600 or 0418 742 801