$1,000 Donation to Trust In Kids

Albury City Mayor Henk van de Ven, Rotary Club of Albury Hume President Gordon Shaw and Radio 2AY General Manager Brendan O’Loughlin presentation to Luke of a $1,000 cheque at the office of our radio partners 2AY on Tuesday 10th May.

Part of Rotary Club of Albury Hume’s mission is to serve and support the local community. Every year they sell candles at Albury City Carols by Candlelight. The candles are purchased in partnership by Albury City and Radio 2AY. The Rotary Club of Albury Hume then work to identify where the funds raised will go within our local community. I was very pleased to hear that Rotary Club of Albury Hume had announced that $1,000 of the funds raised this year were being donated to our Trust in Kids fund.

We established this fund to support our children in achieving their dreams for the future. The fund is for children and young people up to 21 years who have limited opportunities because of family, social, financial or other individual circumstances. Some of these children are affected by issues relating to family violence, mental health and drug and alcohol use. The fund is available for educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Every penny is spent on the kids and donations are tax deductible.

This fund is about making a real difference to the lives of children less fortunate than others, and as such Rotary Club of Albury Hume, Albury City and Radio 2AY are pleased to support this important community initiative.

You can donate, and find out more about Trust In Kids here.

Find out more about Rotary Club of Albury Hume here.

As the week of the 9/5 is volunteer week, our Interchange program and Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, have organised a couple of functions to recognise their volunteers. I was privileged to hand out certificates for both services this week. I did so in our Wangaratta office, for the Wangaratta based HRCLS volunteers, in our meeting room, named after a long serving, retired Board and Life member, Gillian Mallinder. Gillian is an esteemed community member and founding partner in the legal firm Campagner, Gray and Mallinder. Very appropriate.

I said at the time that volunteers are the defining feature of agencies like UMFC. We couldn’t function without them ( notably our foster parents and Interchange camp volunteers ). UMFC has about 250 volunteers across our services including our Board, who accept final accountability for the organisation. For paid staff like me there is a clear rationale for turning up, we get a wage. Our volunteers turn up because they want to make a contribution to their community on top of their work and other commitments. UMFC has built an enviable reputation thanks to both parties, may the successful partnership long continue.

To all those who volunteer, thank you and I hope you receive the acknowledgment you deserve.

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