Warning to residents on bogus charity collectors for community centre

By Brendan Grehan

PALMERSTOWN Community and Youth Centre has warned local residents to beware of bogus charity collectors claiming they are fundraising for the centre.

On Sunday last, a teenage boy was calling to homes in Kennelsfort Green in Palmerstown.

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Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre

He was claiming to be collecting sponsorship for a fun run in aid of Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre.

The Centre confirmed to The Echo that there was no fun-run being held.

Sharon Doyle, the Manager of Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre said that this is a regular occurrence.

She said: “This happens a lot. The people involved say they are collecting for us. They have sponsorship cards and everything. They look very professional. We never do door-to-door collections for the centre.”

When the Centre does hold fundraising events, they are held in the Centre.

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Sharon Doyle, Manager of Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre

“When we hold a fundraising event, we hold it in the Centre. That is the way we fundraise. As I said before the Centre does not carry out door-to-door collections. If someone calls to your door and says they are collecting for the Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre, they are not collecting for us,” Sharon added.

Local councillor Paul Gogarty asked local residents to be vigilant.

He said: “Just another in a long line of scammer sponsorship callers. Be vigilant!”

A Garda spokesman told The Echo that they had no record of any incident involving bogus charity collectors in Kennelsfort Green on Sunday reported to them.

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