Rotary team up to help fire victims

Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have teamed up to sponser a fund for fire victims.

Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have teamed up to sponser a fund for fire victims.

The Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have jointly sponsored and established a fund to assist individuals and families suffering significant loss and distress caused by the region’s fires. 

The fund has been established through the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society – an arm of Rotary Australia World Community Service - and has been listed as a charitable fund.  This means it has Deductible Gift Recipient status so that donations made to it are tax deductible. 

“Money donated to the fund will be used to assist those who have exhausted any assistance available from Government and Insurance resources following the Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and other fires in the Mid-Western Regional, Upper Hunter and Warrumbungle regions” the Project Manager, Margaret Barnes of the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise said. 

District Governor of Rotary District 9670 Stephen Jackson drove through the area the day after the Golden Highway was re-opened and said “This is an area well known to me. When I returned the country around the Golden Highway was just black, kilometre after kilometre of fencing was damaged or missing, and there was almost no fodder available for the livestock which had survived. There is a huge need for support”. 

Dunedoo Lions Club and the Rural Financial Counselling Service have agreed to work with the sponsoring clubs. All donations are tax deductable and can be made through an online process.

Dunedoo Lions Club and the Rural Financial Counselling Service have agreed to work with the sponsoring clubs. 

The Rural Financial Counselling Serviced will make recommendations as to the people most in need of benevolent relief. The Service is a not for profit organisation which is already working with people impacted by the fires and will be a valuable and impartial resource in assisting the project deliver to those most in need.

Individuals, Rotary and other clubs and similar organisations, and corporate entities are urged to contribute to this tax deductible and charitable benevolent fund to assist in relieving the suffering of those who have and are continuing to experience personal trauma and property loss.

Donations can be made through an online process. To donate, go to https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectNo=55&YearRegistered=2016-17

The Rotary clubs will accept donations for the Central West NSW Bushfire Disaster Relief fund at the Mudgee Library from 10:30am until 12:30pm daily for two weeks, commencing on Monday, 27th February. Thanks to Mid-Western Regional Council.

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