Web­site glitch re­veals ‘false’ fig­ures

Central and North Rural Weekly - - SPECIAL REPORT -

A GLITCH on the Ru­ral Aid web­site had the pub­lic ques­tion­ing the amount of money the char­ity had re­ceived through do­na­tions.

Last week the web­site showed a “cur­rent amount” of al­most $50 mil­lion, which was be­lieved to be the amount that had been do­nated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion since it was founded in 2015.

The Buy a Bale web­site (a sub-or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ru­ral Aid) showed the “cur­rent amount” was $47,621,338.50 and the Ru­ral Aid web­site showed $2,136,823.17.

Ru­ral Weekly spoke to Ru­ral Aid di­rec­tor Charles Alder, who said th­ese “weren’t the to­tal fig­ures” for do­na­tions re­ceived by Ru­ral Aid.

“I don’t know where those fig­ures have come from,” Mr Alder said.

“Th­ese are not ac­cu­rate fig­ures. They in­clude a raft of fig­ures from our sys­tem.”

Pre­vi­ously, Mr Alder said he could not dis­close the to­tal do­na­tions Ru­ral Aid had re­ceived but said it was in ex­cess of $20 mil­lion.

In a state­ment on its web­site, Ru­ral Aid said it had spent $10 mil­lion on drought aid as of Au­gust 2018.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WRONG: The Ru­ral Aid web­site last week showed it had re­ceived $2 mil­lion in do­na­tions.

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