Candidate was not involved in application
I AM the secretary of Ipswich Karate Association and I am part of the fundraising committee.
On behalf of the organisation, I submitted the application for funding to Transpacific on January 22, 2015 for training and safety equipment.
Since receiving the funds, the committee has purchased the equipment as detailed in the application. I am writing to clarify the information that was published in the Opinion section of the QT on March 2, by a Steve Paulsen.
Although Jim Dodrill is the chief instructor, he is not in any way involved with any of the funding applications. That is the responsibility of the fundraising committee that I lead.
The grant in question was structured as a "community benefit fund" and was open to any organisation within the region. I believe that the personal attack on Jim Dodrill without first knowing the facts is borderline defamation, seeing his current council candidacy and not to mention the inappropriateness of such an accusation on the operation of the registered not for profit organisation.
There are well over 60 students at the club and I have nothing but admiration for Jim and his commitment to these young kids.
When it comes to our future generation I strongly believe that no one has the right to deny them access to an environment where they can be active and train safely.
ASHNEEL SHARMA Redbank Plains
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