The main criticism that I see from reading various blogs and forums, is about the Find Madeleine Fund. When a child goes missing, or whenever there is a tragedy in this world or a natural disaster people wish to donate.
The McCanns were well within their rights to just open a building society or bank account and release those banking details for people to pay into.
They did not. Instead they decided to create a Company which would be bound by the rules set by Companies House. One of those rules is that accounts have to be submitted yearly.
The Find Madeleine Fund, is bound by the same accountancy rules and company laws, as say for instance, BP, Tescos or your local Double Glazing Company.
If the McCanns had decided to take the building society route of paying the donations into one account and not create a company, they would have been criticised if they didn't produce a balance sheet of income and expenditure. Any fund conducted in this manner does not have to produce any accounts. There are no laws governing donation based accounts and these types of accounts could be open to fraudulent activity. Had the McCanns decided to take that option, providing they stated what the funds would be used for, which they did, they would have been perfectly entitled to use it for whatever purpose they deemed fit, providing it met the criteria of the fund.
When a child goes missing, people do want to help. Maybe they can’t help in the search, but compassion and empathy play a role and people know this family are going to have to stay in another country as in the McCann case or they are not going to be able to work for a while.
However what I do find astonishing, is the hypocritical way that people condemn the McCanns for doing the right thing, i.e. creating a company where the accounts have to be transparent and open to public scrutiny, whilst never bring into question funds that have been set up for other missing children, where the fund is not classed as a company.
In essence the McCanns by having the Fund as a Company are being more open and transparent than say a fund that is set up with just a sort code and account number or a paypal button for donations.
For instance the PJGA defence Fund, which I take is still in operation (as the donate button is still on the website), as far as I can recall has not given any figures, to what has been donated and what has been spent since Jan 2010. That date being over 3 years ago, yet nobody questions the administrators of that fund, about what has been donated and what it has been spent on.
Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral – Conta de Solidariedade
Informação 18 de Janeiro de 2010
Em 18 de Janeiro de 2010, a Conta de Solidariedade contabiliza um saldo de EUR 5718,45.
Total de donativos via PayPal: EUR 2819,49
Total de donativos por débito directo/transferência bancária: EUR 4400,00
Total de donativos angariados em jantar de solidariedade (14Jan2010): EUR 500,00
Transferência bancária para o Dr. António Cabrita, advogado de Gonçalo Amaral: EUR 2000,00
Despesas bancárias: EUR 1,04
Os Cidadãos pela Defesa dos Direitos e Liberdades - Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral agradecem a todos quantos já contribuíram para esta iniciativa.
Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral – Solidarity Account
Information 18 January 2010
On the 18th of January, 2010, the Solidarity Account's balance is of EUR 5718,45.
PayPal donations, total: EUR 2819,49
Donations by direct debit/bank wire transfer, total: EUR 4400,00
Donations from fundraising dinner (14Jan2010): EUR 500,00
Bank transfer to Dr. António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer: EUR 2000,00
Bank account expenses: EUR 1,04
The Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms – Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral would like to thank everyone who has already contributed to this initiative.
The Madeleine Foundation again another organisation that charges membership, which again has never produced proper accounts to show what the money has been spent on and what has been donated. We have seen figures in posts but never documentary evidence to back up those figures.
In both of those instances above, the PJGA and Foundation Fund, there is no law that states they need to produce accounts. But with the Find Madeleine Fund they are duty bound by law to produce accounts.
Also we must not forget the new fund created by COLD who are offering assistance to Tony Bennett with regards to his Court costs, which again is run without the laws that govern a Company.
I can name at least two funds relating to the same disappearance of a missing child, that do not seem to be bound by Company Rules, yet these funds are never scrutinised or criticised. I wonder why? Could it be that the Find Madeleine Fund is purely being used as another stick to bash the parents of a missing child?
So please tell me, who is more open and transparent about where money is being spent and what it is going on? And it certainly isn’t the PJGA and Madeleine Foundation, or COLD for that matter, is it? REVIEW
There are many saying the review is a waste of taxpayer's money. I would like to ask those who criticise the review and the McCanns, the following
- If this was your child missing would you still think it a waste of taxpayers money?
- If the parents were involved, as some people say, why would they campaign tirelessly for a review to be conducted? Surely the last thing they would want is a review of the evidence, if they were guilty of committing a crime.