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Scammers? Hardly, say collectors

Mullumbimby CWA president June Leroy and secretary Andrea Danvers.
Mullumbimby CWA president June Leroy and secretary Andrea Danvers.

Donning their Country Womens Association (CWA) badges, and with donation buckets in hand, Mullumbimby CWA President June Leroy and Secretary Andrea Danvers spent their Saturday morning on January 15 outside BiLo at Ocean Shores collecting much-needed funds for Queensland’s flood victims.


You may have seen them there, or contributed to the $506.15 total that was gratefully collected.


One man, however, found the two women to be suspicious, had a heated discussion with Mrs Leroy about it and then called the police.


“We saw the police car pull up and thought ‘golly, here’s the police coming to arrest us’” Mrs Leroy said.


Mrs Leroy said that while they weren’t upset about the police’s arrival, they were concerned that onlookers may have gotten the wrong idea.


“We weren’t worried about it because we know we are genuine collectors and that our fundraising is going directly to people in need.


“But we do want to reassure everyone who saw the police arrive and speak to us that day that everything was absolutely above board,” she said.


The pair continued collecting money while speaking to the police and after they left.


“On behalf of the Mullumbimby Country Womens Association we thank everyone who donated to the flood appeal.


“We would like to assure everyone, including the guy who reported us to the police, that every cent of money received by the CWA is handed to the flood victims,” she said.


June Leroy has been a member of the CWA for 16 years and has been Mullumbimby branch president for the last two. Andrea Danvers has been secretary for seven years.


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