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School and clubs chasing 'volunteer' for thousands of dollars over gear no-show

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

A North Canterbury rugby club, surf club and school had to chase tens of thousands of dollars from a volunteer who promised to organise uniforms that didn’t arrive.

Timothy Graham Cathro, also known as Tim Muss or Tim Parekura, has offered to do work for at least three organisations in Rangiora, north of Christchurch. The work has ended in strife and disappointment.

Cathro’s latest victim is the Saracens Rugby Club, where he joined the executive last year and as brand manager volunteered to organise hooded sweatshirts for the club’s junior teams.

Sponsors paid about $8000 into his bank account, but he appears to have made no effort to order the clothing or get them printed for about two months.

He continually made up excuses for delays and failed to deliver on promises, the club says.

Cathro, 40, is also paying back a significant amount to Southbrook School, where he volunteered to organise the purchase and printing of uniforms. It is believed the school ended up out of pocket by about $20,000, which Cathro is paying back in instalments.

The third victim is the Waikuku Surf Club, which ordered T-shirts from Cathro for $400 in February. The T-shirts did not arrive. Cathro paid the money back in the past fortnight. Continue reading here.

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