UNFAZED: Xavier Van Straten with his grandmother Kerry Miller.
UNFAZED: Xavier Van Straten with his grandmother Kerry Miller. John Mccutcheon

Profits of baby show to Yandina 5

A BABY show organiser related to three of the Yandina Five members has come under fire for planning to donate profits from an upcoming event to their ongoing legal battle.

Tracy Carew has helped to organise at least four Sunshine Stars Baby Shows over the past two years with her mother and sister-in-law.

In the past, up to $1000 per show in profits has been passed on to selected charities.

The next show, to be held on March 6 at the Coolum Civic Centre, will pass on any profits from entry fees to her husband, Joshua Carew, brothers Steve Smith and Scott Conley and co-accused Paul Lansdowne and Dan Whale.

They were all arrested on December 10 for allegedly being in breach of the Queensland Government's controversial VLAD laws.

The decision to donate the profits to the men has drawn criticism online, but Mrs Carew insisted they were doing nothing wrong.

"We're not too concerned about it. If they don't want to support the Yandina Five, then don't come along. We're not forcing anyone," Mrs Carew said.

"We want to be known as being honest. We don't want to hide anything.

"We don't want to be dishonest.

"The people on the internet say we're supporting a criminal organisation.

"Those are the accusations being thrown out there and that's all they are.

"It hasn't been proven in a court of law.

"People are entitled to their opinion as we believe people are free to associate with whoever they want."

Mrs Carew said participating parents would not care where the profits from the event went.

"When I go to a baby show, I don't care where money goes. I don't make sure the entry fee goes into a certain charity," she said.

"I just hope my kids have a good day and win something.

"I believe deep down that's why parents go."

The show is open to all children up to the age of five.

Nambour's Kerry Miller has entered her 16-month-old grandson Xavier Van Straten into two of Mrs Carew's baby shows.

She will attend the March show in support of the Yandina Five.

"It doesn't faze me. Everyone has a past, everyone has history," she said.


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