Generosity: GIVIT a go
CHARITY’S NEW MANAGER CALLS FOR DONATIONS
TRAVIS Fitch knows what it is like to rely on the kindness of others.
He grew up in challenging circumstances as a teenager and his family’s needs were met by the generosity of others.
“I’m alive today because I had some good people in my corner,” Mr Fitch said.
The Alexander Heights local is new state manager of GIVIT, a national online not-forprofit matching public generosity with genuine need.
Through its website, givit.org.au, trusted Australian charities such as The Salvation Army are supported as they request essential items on behalf of their clients.
Mr Fitch joined the company through his children’s charity 12 Buckets, which he established seven years ago.
At no charge to schools and without government funding, the organisation delivers programs in mentoring, basketball, debating and university aspirations to four northern suburbs primary schools.
“My family had a business that hit the wall in the ’80s and we lost everything,” Mr Fitch said.
“The marriage broke down and there was a whole succession of events and it affected me academically; I looked like the kid who didn’t want to learn and I was disengaged and angry.
“That charted a very long path of bad choices and no academic aspirations. I became a garbo, a muso, sold shoes; you name it and it was only in later life that I went on to study.
“So many positive things that have happened in my life have been because I had good people step in who had networks and could open up doors and that’s what we want to do for these kids with 12 Buckets.”
Mr Fitch said he had experienced the generosity of GIVIT first-hand through 12 Buckets and had seen the positive impact the donations could make in communities.
“I would love to see more local charities signing up to GIVIT,” Mr Fitch said.