National charity alerted to fraudulent calendar sellers in Kinnitty

Thursday, 30 August 2018

A national charity, working to make dreams come true for seriously ill children, has advised people they weren't "going door to door" selling calendars, after they were contacted by concerned residents in the Kinnitty area last week.
Last week, it came to light that individuals were going around the Kinnitty, Cadamstown, Kilcormac and surrounding areas selling calendars on behalf of the children's charity, Share a Dream Foundation, and people were being asked to contact the Gardai if they were called upon by these people.
Following this, the Tribune contacted the Share a Dream Foundation in relation to the matter and they confirmed to us they did receive a call from Kinnitty last week after the caller became suspicious of an individual calling to their premises selling calendars for the foundation.
"We received a call from Kinnitty during the week of someone calling to their premises selling calendars for the Share a Dream Foundation and they were suspicious of this," the spokesperson said.
They pointed out the Share a Dream Foundation weren't "going door to door selling calendars" last week. "We advised them to contact their local Gardai, which they did. However, we understand that there's a group in Cork set up by a marketing company going around selling calendars all over the country."
The spokesperson advised people not to support them if they are "using our name in anyway as it it's not in aid of our charity". Share a Dream is a registered national charity in existence for the last 26 years making dreams come true for seriously ill children. "We rely solely on the support of the community to continue our work all over the country as receive no funding," they added.
On another note, the spokesperson pointed out the charity was "thrilled" that in the last year, they managed to build Dreamland - Ireland's first all inclusive and accessible play centre where all children regardless of ability or disability can play together. "It was only through the generosity of the community in places like Offaly that we made this dream a reality and we can't thank them enough," the spokesperson concluded.


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