“Be careful” when dealing with people seeking donations over the telephone

BE CAREFUL: Muswellbrook SES local controller Mark Elsley (second from left).
BE CAREFUL: Muswellbrook SES local controller Mark Elsley (second from left).

MUSWELLBROOK SES local controller Mark Elsley is warning residents to “be careful” when dealing with people seeking donations over the telephone.

While the organisation appreciates any extra funds, which come its way, recent enquiries have sparked a few words of caution.

“It happens now and then,” Mr Elsley said.

“But, locals aren’t sure whether to donate or not as there are so many fraudulent calls.

“The NSW SES doesn’t generally go door-knocking either, however residents should always ask for proper identification.

“And, if anyone has concerns or issues, they can phone 1300 707 344.”

Mr Elsley said the organisation utilised the services of the NSW SES Volunteers Association (NSW SES VA) to ensure its authenticity.

“The NSW SES VA was established in 1998 to represent the views and concerns of NSW SES volunteers to both NSW SES State headquarters and the state government,” he told Fairfax Media Upper Hunter.

“It became a registered charity in 2000 and, since then, while not a Trade Union, does support and advocate for its members.

“In recognition of the need for the NSW SES volunteers to have a volunteer member body and a voice to government, the NSW SES VA was recently enshrined in the NSW State Emergency Service Act 1989.

“The vision of the association is to enhance the role of the NSW SES volunteers in a way that provides for the betterment of the NSW SES and the individual.

“There have been many reports of telephone calls requesting donations to the NSW SES.

“The NSW SES does not fundraise in this manner, however the NSW SES VA does fundraise and the generous support of people across NSW who purchase our NSW SES VA raffle tickets is very much appreciated.

“Funds raised from the NSW SES VA raffle go to supporting the volunteers and assist the NSW SES VA in achieving its various objectives. Just make sure the person is an authorised NSW SES VA ticket seller.” 

If anyone has concerns or issues, they can phone 1300 707 344.

Mark Elsley