Cake stalls, meat trays banned by RSL NSW
SAUSAGE sizzles, meat raffles, cake stalls.
Remember lining up for those on a weekend, cracking open the wallet and helping out the local RSL?
Well, remember them fondly because they may just be a thing of the past in New South Wales.
The RSL NSW has suspended fundraising by sub-branches until further notice over concerns they don't comply with charity laws in the state.
The ruling comes as another blow for an organisation still dealing with fallout from several financial scandals earlier this year.
RSL NSW president James Brown, who was elected following a leadership spill prompted by the scandals, said an internal audit had revealed "technical fundraising procedures are not compliant with the required standards."
But there are fears the suspensions may cause havoc with its Remembrance Day poppy fundraiser on November 11.
"RSL NSW understands the significant impact that this directive will have on each of its sub-branches, auxiliaries, and individual members," Brown said in a letter to members.
"However, RSL NSW is committed and, indeed, compelled to exercise the power and authority vested in it under the RSL NSW Constitution to ensure our League is fully complying with all legal obligations."
Brown claimed there was no suspicion that any money garnered through fundraising had been misused or involved fraud.
The suspension doesn't effect registered clubs, but means volunteers can't raise money through meat trays, bake sales and even bucket collections.
RSL National has been contacted for comment but has yet to reply.