The following statement has been issued by Cancer Council Queensland:
On November 10, 2019, Cancer Council Queensland became aware that it has been alleged a former Cancer Council Queensland employee was engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct, making false representations that she had a terminal cancer diagnosis.
The former employee began her relationship with Cancer Council Queensland in 2007 as a fundraising participant. She became an employee of Cancer Council Queensland in 2014.
After advising that her cancer had returned in 2017, the employee resigned from her employment at Cancer Council Queensland in February 2019.
The person involved has been referred to the appropriate treatment she requires at this time.
Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this alleged false misrepresentation and all those who are truly impacted by a chronic disease.
We want to confirm that:
- The employee in this matter does not currently work at Cancer Council Queensland.
- We are doing what we can to try and alert those within the Cancer Council Queensland community who have been impacted by this conduct. This includes organising an EAP representative to provide support to Cancer Council Queensland employees.
- Cancer Council Queensland have advised PoliceLink of the matter and will be cooperating with the relevant authorities, as appropriate.
If you feel you have been personally defrauded, you can contact your local police station.
If you have encountered, or encounter a scam, you may report it to Scamwatch via phone on 1300 795 995 or by visiting https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/.
If our valued supporters wish to discuss this matter, they can contact Cancer Council Queensland’s General Manager of Fundraising, Marketing and Communication, Meaghan Bush by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Council Queensland will not be engaging in media interviews on this matter at this time.
Cancer Council Queensland’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer. We support the cancer community with integrity, agility and a deep sense of belonging and encourage those who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis to continue to reach out to us for support through Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.