Fundraising company struck off register

Howard Lake | 19 August 2008 | News

Operation Rudolph, a company in Ireland that ran high-profile fundraising events for charity, has been struck off from the Companies Registration Office.
The company has not filed accounts for the last three years, and was listed for strike-off by the CRO earlier this year. Operation Rudolph was set up in 1995 by Ian McKeever, who last year set a record for climbing the highest mountain on each continent.
Rather than a charity, Operation Rudolph described itself as ‘‘a non-profit-making organisation established to provide financial assistance for charitable children’s projects’’. It ran charity cycles, fundraising balls and hill-walking challenges.
The company’s last accounts are for 2004,when it had gross income of more than €48,000 from fundraising events. It had ‘‘direct costs associated with fundraising events’’ of almost €6,000, leaving it with net income of more than €42,000.
It made donations of €34,500 to four charities – Chernobyl Children, the West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation, the Laura Lynn Foundation and the Cormac Weldon Trust. A further €9,000 was spent on ‘‘administration overheads’’.