When char­ity be­gins at home

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PEO­PLE want­ing to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren at the Lirhanzo Chil­dren’s Vil­lage in south­ern Zim­babwe will now be able to make tax de­ductible dona­tions thanks to the ef­forts of one Whit­sun­day woman and man.

Can­non­vale res­i­dent Pam Har­ri­son has been in­volved with the char­ity Aid For Africa Down Un­der (AFADU) since 2003 but lo­cal Ro­tar­ian Ian Hud­son is a rel­a­tively new re­cruit.

The en­deav­our be­tween the two to have AFADU reg­is­tered for tax de­duc­tion be­gan in 2013 when the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach was co-or­di­nat- ing the re­moval of soft fur­nish­ings from Lin­de­man Is­land. Ms Har­ri­son asked if she could take the un­wanted cur­tains for Lirhanzo’s nearby hos­pi­tal and health ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and she was sub­se­quently given the chance to de­liver a pre­sen­ta­tion about AFADU at a Ro­tary Club event.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, she spoke about the chil­dren’s cur­rent tiny school, now over­crowded and way past its use by date. She said pro­vi­sion of a larger build­ing, to teach up to 160 chil­dren was ur­gently needed but the funds re­quired would be equally great. She al- so spoke about how AFADU’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Zim­babwe had not qual­i­fied for tax de­ductibil­ity de­spite re­peated at­tempts.

En­ter Mr Hud­son, who had pre­vi­ously worked with the Ro­tary Australia World Com­mu­nity Ser­vice (RAWCS) on projects in the Solomon Is­lands and Ti­mor Leste.

Mr Hud­son recog­nised AFADU prob­a­bly couldn’t fund the build­ing with­out tax de­ductibil­ity and he ap­plied to RAWCS.

His ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved last week mean­ing any gifts to Lirhanzo are now tax de­ductible through the (De- ductible Gift DGR-reg­is­tered Over­seas Aid Fund.

Mr Hud­son said he felt “hum­bled and very proud” by this re­sult while Ms Har­ri­son was sim­ply thrilled.

“This is just such a big thing for AFADU and the chil­dren’s vil­lage and the school – I just look sky­wards and think ‘far out’, we’re go­ing to get a lot more spon­sors now,” she said.

To do­nate to the cause visit www.rawcs.com.au, scroll to Zim­babwe in the projects box and tick the do­nate but­ton at the Lirhanzo Chil­dren’s Vil­lage list­ing. A tax re­ceipt will be for­warded im­me­di­ately. Re­cip­i­ents)

RAWCS

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Air­lie Beach Ro­tar­ian Ian Husdon and Can­non­vale reis­dent Pam Har­ri­son with Pam's draw­ings of Brook­lyn and Al­fred, two of the chil­dren that tax de­ductible dona­tions to the Lirhanzo Chil­dren's Vil­lage will ul­ti­mately help.

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