National Charity launches hotline due to potentially fraudulent fundraiser
BullyingCanada has launched a hotline due to a potentially fraudulent fundraiser.
After declining to be involved in Gary “Sir Johan” Karlsen, III’s latest stunt last June, he finally agrees to remove BullyingCanada logos and branding from his site. According to the charity organization, Gary “Sir Johan” Karlsen, III contacted BullyingCanada in June 2018 promising donations of $1,000,000 a year. The charity declined to be involved with Karlsen based on concerns over reputation and past practice.
Since then Karlsen, who also uses the alias “GaryGuitar”, has been reportedly using the BullyingCanada name, branding, and logo to try to confer legitimacy to his endeavors and to try to garner support. It has been reported that he has stated that Bullying Canada was an official partner and has requested donations or discounts in consideration thereof.
After contacting several organizations listed on his website, BobsGuitar.org, the replies BullyingCanada received indicated that other charities never authorized their logos or trademarks to be associated with the events or never heard of BobsGuitar.org or “Sir Johan” altogether.
“It’s ironic that we aid victimized youth every day and now we are the victims—or at least it feels that way. Attempts to mislead the public, like that which is occurring here, hurts everyone,” says Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of BullyingCanada Rob Benn-Frenette, O.N.B. “It adds layers of difficulty in being able to fulfill our core mission.”
“Only after our counsel has issued a cease and desist letter—and made it clear to Mr. Karlsen after he tried to get us to revoke the letter that we were adamant in this refusal to participate—has he finally removed our logo and name from his list of partner organizations,” stated BullyingCanada in a media release.
At this time, anyone across Canada who has donated funds to this purported fundraiser is asked to contact BullyingCanada immediately on a hotline established for this specific purpose: (800) 899-7085.
“Our decision not to partner with Mr. Karlsen was informed by both his including our logo on his promotional materials before reaching out to us and his representation that he ran the nonexistent Jimi Hendrix Family Foundation—something that was repeatedly disavowed by the Hendrix family. Such as this one from Leon Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix’s brother),” stated the media release.