The NSW State Emergency Services Volunteers Association, NSW SES VA, has temporarily suspended all of its fundraising activities, including raffle ticket sales.
"The NSW SES Volunteers Association does not receive any government funding and relies on legitimate activities such as approved raffles to support its members," said Charlie Moir, President of the NSW SES VA.
"It is a long established NSW SES VA policy to suspend all fundraising activities, including raffle ticket sales, in areas affected by major weather events or other crisis situations such as bushfires and searches for missing people.
"The NSW SES Volunteers Association is not conducting any fundraising activities whatsoever, including raffle ticket sales, during the storms and associated flooding currently impacting the Hunter, Metropolitan and Illawarra areas.
"I am personally very concerned about reports of unauthorised people claiming to be fundraising on behalf of the NSW SES Volunteers Association," Mr Moir said.
The NSW SES Volunteers Association urges anyone who is approached about collecting funds for state emergency volunteers to report the matter to NSW Police on 131 444.
The NSW State Emergency Services Volunteers Association was established in 1998. It aims to give NSW SES volunteers the voice, resources, training and support to provide for the betterment of the individual volunteer, the NSW SES and the communities served. It is a not for profit organisation that is wholly independent from the state government agency, the NSW State Emergency Services.