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Fundraising company struck off register

Fundraising company struck off register

Operation Rudolph, a company in 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’’.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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