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RAWCS & Dick Smith

Dick Smith partners with Rotary to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Australians

Dick has previously been involved with Rotary having donated a significant amount towards the eradication of polio.

Dick commented this morning that ‘he admires the time that Rotarians give unselfishly to help others. I trust Rotary.” He also has friends in Rotary.

Dick and Pip Smith want the money to be dispersed throughout Australia to help people in local communities who need help and are doing it tough.

Michael Perkins, Chair of Rotary Australia Benevolent Society said

“With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 Clubs throughout Australia we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need – however sometimes lack the dollars required to fund support efforts on hand.

 Dick Smith’s donation will allow us to rally Rotarians and mobilise projects targeted at helping those desperately needing assistance get back on their feet. The impact will be felt throughout all of Australia, from cities to the outback. We are deeply grateful to Mr Smith for trusting Rotary to use his donation to expand our work in this country.”

Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) a subsidiary of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) have been appointed administrator for the Dick and Pip Smith donation/program:

-          Benevolent relief includes working for the relief of poverty or distress (such as sickness, disability, destitution, suffering, misfortune or helplessness) of an individual or family.

 The degree (level) of distress is also important and the project must meet both the definition above and must try to meet a need that is:

  • significant enough (and the circumstances difficult enough) to arouse compassion in people in the community
  • beyond the suffering experienced as part of ordinary daily life, and
  • concrete enough – aimed at helping people who are recognisably in need of benevolence (see below).

 The purpose does not have to relieve financial hardship or need caused by poverty, but can relieve other needs. For example, a project that provides counselling services to people traumatised by a natural disaster, or one that provides education and activities to disadvantaged young people to help them gain skills in life may qualify with the requirements of a public benevolent institution.

As a guide we refer you to the project listed on the RAWCS  web site Rotary Australia Benevolent Society  and the partnership Rotary Australia has developed with Channel 9 - A Current Affair in meeting the needs of families affected by the unexpected loss of a parent, or the permanent incapacitation of a child. husband, mother or father.



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