Janelle McPherson was concerned by the inappropriate behaviour she encountered from a Heart Foundation door knocker.
Janelle McPherson was concerned by the inappropriate behaviour she encountered from a Heart Foundation door knocker. JoJo Newby

Fundraiser invited himself for dinner

A TEAM of "Face to Face" Heart Foundation fundraisers operating in the Grafton area were urgently removed for retraining yesterday following complaints of misconduct, with one worker facing the sack.

Grafton mother of two Janelle McPherson said a man in his early 20s came to her Northmeadow Dr home on Wednesday night and made several inappropriate comments after she revealed she had lost her husband to cancer 18 months ago.

"I thought I'd go and get a couple of dollars and give to him it but he said not to because he was an alcoholic and would only go down to the pub and drink it," Ms McPherson said.

"Then he asked what we were having for dinner - I said 'I beg your pardon' and he continued ... 'I'm inviting myself around for dinner'. That's when it really clicked to me that this guy's odd.

"He changed the conversation and got my details like name and address but then asked for my account details."

Already suspicious, Ms McPherson refused to continue with the process and asked for the triplicate paperwork the man had been using for her details.

"He gave it to me and left and I tore up the paperwork and put it in the bin."

She later found the fundraiser's name on the paperwork and reported the incident to the Heart Foundation, who told her the man had done similar things before.

A spokesperson for the foundation said the organisation was "shocked and appalled by what has occurred and that person no longer works for us in that role".

"We have immediately removed the team from Grafton and they are currently undergoing debriefing."

Fundraising agency Aida For Good Pty Ltd employs "fundraisers" on behalf of the Heart Foundation who earn a commission for signing people up to monthly pledges.



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