Golinski fund 'will not close'
THE woman who established and named a charitable foundation in honour of the Golinski family without their approval claims she was only trying to do something nice.
But the 40-year-old single mother from Adelaide has no plans to scrap the unregistered "Matt RWSS Golinski Foundation" linked Facebook support group, despite upsetting members of the Golinski family.
The woman, who contacted the Daily after numerous requests via the Facebook page, refused to give her name and strongly denied she was trying to profit from the Boxing Day tragedy which claimed the lives of Mr Golinski's wife Rachael and their daughters Sage, Willow and Starlia.
The Facebook group and foundation pages, with photos of the Golinski family, does not hide that only some of the money raised will be passed onto the family. The rest would be set aside for others.
"I'm just a human who felt compassion for another human. I'm not doing anything dishonest," the woman said.
"No one has been giving me any direction. This is my first time doing something like this. I can see how people could see it as misguided. I know I may not have taken the correct steps. I meant no harm."
Matt Golinski is still fighting for his life in Brisbane hospital after suffering third degree burns to 40% of his body in the fire.
The woman said she began the Facebook group first as a way of gathering "positive and uplifting messages" of support for him.
It ballooned from a small group of friends to 2000 people. She posted the account details for a Commonwealth Bank fund on Thursday under the tag "Matt RWSS Golinski Facebook Committee".
She told the Daily she had no idea how much money had been donated but it could only be touched with the authorisation of three other foundation committee members - all personal friends of hers.
"Matt will be the first to receive the money if he wants it.
"If he says he wants nothing to do with it, that's fine and I will rename the foundation."
The Commonwealth Bank account came days after Matt's business partners in Noosaville-based The Rolling Dolmade launched the official recovery fund through the ANZ. It is the only fund endorsed by the family.
The woman was adamant she would not close her fund and was determined to use it to help others.
A family spokeswoman told The Daily last week they had no idea who the woman was. They have taken legal advice and called in Facebook, the Commonwealth Bank and the Office of Fair Trading to investigate.
The official fundraiser
Donations for the Matt (Matthew) Golinski recovery fund can be made over the counter at any ANZ Bank or by direct deposit to:
Account name: Matthew Golinski recovery fund
BSB: 014 672
Account number: 263 331 805