Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Wicklow Businesses need to be cautious after attempts to extort money using Katie Taylor's boxing clubs name
Sinn Féin councillors John Brady and Rossa Murray have warned
businesses in Bray and Wicklow to be cautious of people claiming to be
be carrying out fundraising on behalf of Bray Boxing Club. The club is
home to Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor and fellow Olympian Adam
Cllr Brady said "I am calling on businesses in Bray and Wicklow to be
very cautious of unscrupulous people trying to cash in on Katie
Taylor's fantastic achievement in the Olympics. A number of
businesses in Bray have been contacted over the last couple of days by
an individual claiming to be carrying out a fundraiser on behalf of
Bray Boxing club, he is asking them for large sums of money for some
sort of production that will be used to raise funds for the gym.
However after speaking to the club chairperson and other members it
has been made clear that the club has given no authorisation to anyone
to use the clubs good name for any reason, fundraising or otherwise"
Cllr Murray went onto say "It appears people are trying to piggyback
on the success of Katie in the Olympics for their own selfish end. In
my mind this is a fraudulent attempt to extort money from hard hit
businesses by using the clubs name".
Cllr Brady ended by saying "The facilities the club had been training
from have been widely reported on over the course of the Olympics,
however a lot of that had been misinformation. The gym has recently
had extensive renovations which has seen a toilet and shower
installed, this has seen the club gym totally transformed. The
individuals using the clubs name are trying to exploit the goodwill
and generosity towards the club show by the public and businesses and
people need to be very cautious. Unfortunately there are vultures
hovering over Bray Boxing Club at the moment in an attempt to line
their own pockets and people should not be taken in as the club will
certainly not see a penny of it".