New KIND com­mit­tee

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

KIDS In Need Do­na­tions Inc have a new com­mit­tee. Danielle Bellero is pres­i­dent, Nadine Lowen­stein Jones be­comes vice-pres­i­dent, Ann Marie Clarke con­tin­ues as trea­surer, with Erin Mul­lane as sec­re­tary. Denise Lan­ders con­tin­ues as the par­ent li­ai­son, shar­ing th­ese im­por­tant du­ties with Ann Marie Clark.

As de­part­ing pres­i­dent I wished the new com­mit­tee well and said I was con­fi­dent the com­mit­tee will con­tinue to guide this in­valu­able com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion, to en­sure funds are read­ily avail­able to as­sist those in need in the lo­cal area. This past year we have as­sisted more than 15 lo­cal fam­i­lies, and raised a sig­nif­i­cant amount through var­i­ous fund rais­ing ven­tures, do­na­tions and grants. It is im­por­tant to em­pha­sise all funds raised by KIND are re­tained within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and as a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion only a tiny frac­tion of the fund is taken up by ad­min­is­tra­tion over­heads. KIND also holds Donor Gift Re­cip­i­ent ( DGR) tax sta­tus mean­ing any dona­tion greater than $2 can be claimed as a tax de­duc­tion by the donor.

The fi­nal KIND fund rais­ing event of the year was held at Har­ri­son’s Restau­rant for their fan­tas­tic Mel­bourne Cup lun­cheon. KIND was so ex­cited to be work­ing along­side Har­ri­son’s again, af­ter the suc­cess­ful High Tea in May.

The suc­cess­ful bid­der of the win­ning horse was aptly pur­chased by Har­ri­son’s owner Reina Pa­trick, who has been such a firm sup­porter of KIND. Not only did KIND ben­e­fit from fund rais­ing on the day with the Cal­cutta and Sweeps, but $5 from each ticket sold went to KIND and Har­ri­son’s also do­nated an amaz­ing de­gus­ta­tion din­ner for our Silent Auc­tions which was hotly con­tested. Two other Silent Auc­tion items, one do­nated by Tep­panaki Port Dou­glas and Man­dalay, the other by Ulysses Get­aways, were vied for over lunch, rais­ing $ 3610. Prizes for Best Dressed Lady (do­na­tions by Splish Splash, MAASS Hair, Thala Beach & At­ti­tudes) & Best Dressed Gent (Tommy Ba­hamas, Palmer Reef Golf Club & Norse­man), Best Fas­ci­na­tor (do­nated by Mel Fer­rero Millinery) and door and spot prizes (Aquarius Sun­set Sail & K-Star Walk­ing Tours) were made pos­si­ble by the big­hearted do­na­tions of lo­cal busi­nesses.

KIND LADIES: Danielle Bellero, Nadine Lowen­steinJones and Jenny White

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