This report by a concerned Cork citizen reveals the problem that VOI has in Ireland. Is it the old group which he found were constantly in the courts in regard to fund raising or are they the breakaway Freedom Ministries? Is it the reformed VOI and how come the personnel involved in the past have been allowed to continue? Is it enough to say sorry for the past without a radical look at the organisation? What has VOI done about it and can the Irish public be sure that another accident is not about to happen? We will answer some of these questions in our next post. Should VOI close down in Ireland and are the new lot just doing the same very things that led to the fall of Valdez? A pivotal aspect of this is the role of the founder and whether there is a proper disbursement of power. We are reaching the end of the line in our discussions with Paul Lloyd who has told us straight out that some of our questions are off limit. We will write up our judgement of the issue and share it here in the public domain shortly but there are concrete issues like their existence in Ireland, where they locate their services and their relationships to other work of a similar type. Have they separated their Church activity from the ministry to addicts? Was the confusion between their mission and using the very addicts without professional training an appropriate model or itself what led to their downfall? Have monies collected for charitable purposes been accounted for to the authorities and has some of the residue gone into private hands?
Martin Lynch speaking nearly two years gave this cryptic message:
He said its staff were properly trained and gave appropriate treatment to those seeking help. e said he would not reveal details on specific qualifications of those who provide services but said the charity engaged registered counsellors and psychologists.
DI received this update from a concerned citizen in Cork:
Having followed the activities of VO Cork whilst they were in Cork, I got to know their faces being in the local media and their various fundraising efforts around the city. Last Christmas 2014 I was at the annual Christmas market in Cork City. Here I noticed some familiar faces at the Bad Boys BBQ stall: Philip Lynch and Marek Auguscik. Philip Lynch was the Assistant Director and Marek Auguscik was a member of VO Cork.
Here is a picture of them taken from Cork Independent around the time they were setting up their Watergrasshill treatment home in Cork.
Martin Lynch his brother had been the National Director as reported in the Irish Examiner in December 2013 when the national story of financial irregularity and the abuse of addicts occurred and which was reported on Prime Time.
Here is a newer photo taken from Marek’s Facebook showing Marek with Philip in the background.
I didn’t think anything of all this until recently when i saw that they are now setting up a shop in MacCurtin St Cork City
I did some investigations on BadBoysBBQ and noticed that the directors are Marek Auguscik and Gary John Keogh.
From http://www.solocheck.ie/Irish-Company/Bad-Boys-Barbecue-Limited-559357: Bad Boys Barbecue Limited was set up on Mon the 23rd of Mar 2015 in Cork. Their current status is Normal. The company’s current directors Gary John Keogh and Marek Auguscik have been the director of 1 other Irish company between them; 1 of which is now closed.
• Company Name:Bad Boys Barbecue Limited
• Time in Business:2 Months
• Company Number:559357
• Current Status:Normal
• Principal Activity:[55.30] Restaurants
• May Trade As:Bad Boys Barbecue Ltd
The other Irish company Gary was a director of was Urban Outreach Limited along with Andrew Valdez and three other directors. This was the vehicle for Victory Outreach at the time. This was dissolved a month before Bad Boys Barbecue Limited was set up.
So what does the above tell us?
1. A couple of ex-members of VO Cork are gone into an honest business together? If so, all the very best to them.
Or 2. Having failed their operations with VO Cork they are now looking at a way of getting a foothold in Cork again. Will we expect to see vulnerable addicts working in this shop for free, similar to the way they had to endure long periods of fundraising under the former outfit?
Only time will tell? Is it just a coincidence that Urban Outreach which one of the director’s was also a director of closed down within a month of each other? This is company linked to Andy Valdez now of Freedom Ministries. Did they get a pay out to start this business? Are they using the proceeds of the fundraising from the earlier period to run the new business? We do not know so that is why we are putting this into the public domain to see if the public can help us. We must stress that we have no evidence to that effect, but when one sees articles about the use of funds in the past we hope that this not the case.
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