‘Don’t let scan­dals dam­age vi­tal ser­vices’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

A CHAR­ITY boss has made a plea for in­ter­na­tional scan­dals not to af­fect vi­tal ser­vices for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple closer to home.

Vol­un­tary sec­tor boss Kenny Mur­phy fears diminishing trust will dam­age so­ci­ety and put vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens and com­mu­ni­ties at greater risk.

Mr Mur­phy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fife Vol­un­tary Ac­tion, which rep­re­sents en­ter­prises across the region, said: “Trust in char­i­ties leads di­rectly to bet­ter lives.”

He said he had been out­raged to hear about the sex scan­dals fac­ing Ox­fam and Save the Chil­dren and an­gry and em­bar­rassed they were not dealt with prop­erly at the time.

Ox­fam has lost more than 7,000 donors since the sex­ual ex­ploita­tion scan­dal fol­low­ing the Haiti earth­quake in 2010 was ex­posed last month.

Mr Mur­phy added: “Let’s en­sure some wrong­do­ing some­where, as se­ri­ous as it may have been, does not re­sult in ser­vices be­ing need­lessly lost to our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens.

“We have more than 3,000 com­mu­nity groups, vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and so­cial en­ter­prises op­er­at­ing in Fife today.

“Fund­ing is get­ting harder to come by, do­na­tions are down and yet costs are go­ing up and de­mand is in­creas­ing for most or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Kenny Mur­phy

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