BY KIM VUGA
APRIL 27, 2020
Celeste Barber's bushfire fundraiser raised millions attracting more than $51 million dollars.
This was an absolutely fantastic effort by one individual, and rightly so Celeste should be commended. However, the end result of Celeste’s efforts and well meaning intended fundraiser continues to cause more grief than good.
Celeste launched a fundraiser on Facebook on January 3, with an original target of $30,000 set up to benefit the NSW Rural Fire Service, (RFS).
The Facebook fundraiser page had very clearly stipulated that the money would go to the Trustee for the RFS and Brigades Donations Fund.
All was good until Celeste Barber decided to update donators telling them the following:
Barber posted a video message to her 6.5 million Instagram followers lashing out at those who had questioned where the money was going.
“It seems raising a f. k-tonne of money comes with a f. k-tonne of people telling you what you should do with it,” she declared.
She then gave her personal guarantee that all the donations to the RFS would be “distributed out” from there.
"So, I'm going to make sure that Victoria gets some, that South Australia gets some, also families of people who have died in these fires, the wildlife.
Unfortunately, Celeste doesn’t get to call the shots even though she raised a staggering $51m plus of donations.
The NSW RFS Donations Trust is not legally allowed to provide donated funds to other charities and the trustees are bound by the trust deed, which says where the funds should go to in the way of fire-fighting equipment, facilities, training resources and or to meet the administrative expense of the brigade which are associated with their volunteer based service activities.