When charity begins at home
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)
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.