KIND keeps on giving
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.