Matt charity shuts bank account
THE bank account linked to an unregistered charity named in honour of the Golinski family has been shut.
Donations made to the "Matt RWSS Facebook Committee" Commonwealth Bank account have been bouncing back this week, signalling the end of the fund.
A 40-year-old single mother from Adelaide who is not related to the Golinskis caused outrage in the family when she started the Matt RWSS Foundation on Facebook without their permission two weeks ago.
The unregistered charity then started its own bank account, separate to the ANZ-registered Matt Golinski Recovery Fund, which had been established by Matt's business partners.
The second fund called for donations, promising to pass on only some of the money to Matt, with the rest to be stored away for victims of future tragedies.
The creator once mentioned using the money to plant a tree, complete with a bench and plaque to honour the family.
Last week she said she would not axe the foundation, only to change her mind days later after talking to the Office of Fair Trading.
In a statement later removed from a Facebook page, the creator said she would close the account and transfer any money to the official Golinski fund.
She said she never had any ill intentions or malice, and vowed to go through the proper channels to start up a charitable fund to help others who face a similar tragedy.
The South Australian Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, which regulates registered charities, had no record of the "Matt RWSS Golinski Foundation" in its charity licences database.
Neither did its Queensland counterpart.
Matt Golinski remains in a critical but stable condition in an induced coma after the Tewantin fire that killed his wife Rachael and their children, Willow, Sage and Starlia on Boxing Day last month.
The foundation's creator last week refused to comment on how much money was transferred to the official Matt Golinski Recovery Fund.