KIND keeps on giv­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

KIDS In Need Do­na­tions re­cently had its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing with all po­si­tions re­filled by the stand­ing ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of pres­i­dent Claire Crew, vi­cepres­i­dent Heidi Ber­gen-Rawl­ins, sec­re­tary Jenny White, trea­surer Kel­lie Turner and par­ent li­ai­son Denise Lan­der.

The past 18 months have shown what an amaz­ing com­mu­nity we live in, with fundrais­ing un­der­taken for the Queens­land floods, Cy­clone Yasi, the Christchurch earth­quakes and the Ja­pan tsunami.

In ad­di­tion to this, funds have con­tin­ued to be raised for and dis­trib­uted by KIND, on be­half of lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions like Bendigo Bank, have gen­er­ously sup­ported our or­gan­i­sa­tion with its com­mu­nity bank­ing com­mit­ment - not only fi­nan­cially, but also as­sisted in a com­mu­nity-minded man­ner, at­tend­ing events with us, han­dling monies for us at large fundrais­ers, count­ing end­less quan­ti­ties of small coins and hav­ing staff go out of their way to make the lives of our vol­un­teers eas­ier when it comes to mat­ters of bank­ing.

Fund­ing raised by the com­mu­nity through KIND has gone to­wards such things as home nurs­ing as­sis­tance, flights to visit spe­cial­ist pae­di­atric sur­geons and on­col­o­gists in cap­i­tal cities, flights for sib­lings and a sec­ond par­ent (only one par­ent is pro­vided for un­der govern­ment as­sis­tance) to en­sure fam­i­lies re­main to­gether while treat­ment is un­der­taken, rental as­sis­tance and bond pay­ments for tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment away from home and rental as­sis­tance dur­ing ex­tended ab­sence from home.

In ad­di­tion, KIND mem­bers have of­fered prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port for these af­fected fam­i­lies.

We raise funds via do­na­tions from com­mu­nity mem­bers and money boxes around town, fund rais­ing events and func­tions, com­mu­nity as­sis­tance from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Com­bined Club, Moss­man Bowls Club, Lions Club, lo­cal schools and busi­nesses, phil­an­thropic in­vest­ment from pri­vate donors due to our donor gift re­cip­i­ent sta­tus mean­ing all funds do­nated are tax de­ductable as well as govern­ment, coun­cil and cor­po­ra­tion grant fund­ing.

Our fu­ture plans in­clude con­sid­er­a­tion of re­in­stat­ing a mem­ber­ship base, whereby an an­nual fee is paid, re­duc­ing the de­mands on a small group of vol­un­teer mem­bers who put in a lot of time and ef­fort to man­age the funds and en­sure con­tin­u­ous in­come goes into to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

We would like to in­volve the schools, pro­vid­ing aware­ness to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies about KIND and how the funds are used to as­sist in our com­mu­nity.

We also aim to con­tinue our com­mu­nity pres­ence at var­i­ous events to en­sure our pro­file is raised and peo­ple are aware of what we do and who we are - we wel­come all of­fers of as­sis­tance in our ef­forts to se­cure fund­ing and help the com­mit­tee with fu­ture plans.

This month we are hold­ing our an­nual golf char­ity day at Moss­man Golf Course on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 30 - we are look­ing for hole spon­sors and bar­be­cue vol­un­teers.

A team of four costs $140 and Moss­man Golf Club will do­nate a gen­er­ous pro­por­tion of the funds to KIND. KIND will also be hav­ing a high tea at the Sher­a­ton in Novem­ber and have plans for a Mother’s Day event in 2012. All in­quiries should be di­rected to me on 0407 159 379.

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