A Salvation Army leader has defended his organisation’s actions after his daughter was given donated Paul McCartney tickets meant for the homeless.
Seven tickets were initially given to the Melbourne branch of the charitable foundation, but two of those were returned hours before the show took place.
A branch manager gave the returned tickets to Ash Nottle, the daughter of Major Brendan Nottle, a Salvation Army leader.
“It had absolutely had nothing to do with me,” Brendan Nottle told radio station 3AW. “The manager did the ring-around of other homeless people and volunteer staff and wasn’t able to move them because it was so late.”
Nottle said the Salvation Army will reimburse the donor for all seven Paul McCartney tickets, but added that concert tickets were not an appropriate donation for homeless people.
“When you’re working with homeless people, to be blunt, do homeless people need tickets to Paul McCartney or do they need a roof over their head?” he said.
“We are not Ticketmaster, we are not concert promoters, we don’t do that stuff and we get it wrong sometimes, you know.”
The donor, Chris McDonald, told Fairfax Media: “They do an awful lot of good for people and for the homeless… but the golden rule is never to dip your hand into the donations – it calls the integrity of the entire organisation into dispute.”