Gen­eros­ity: GIVIT a go

CHAR­ITY’S NEW MAN­AGER CALLS FOR DO­NA­TIONS

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Sara Fitz­patrick

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.

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