Funds aid Tweed charities
SICK and disabled children on the Tweed will be given a better quality of life thanks to a joint donation from Rotary Tweed Heads/Coolangatta and financial planner Wendy Scarlett.
The Tweed Heads branch of children’s cancer charity Camp Quality, RACQ Careflight Rescue and Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service (TVECIS) received nearly $4000 each to assist in the operation of their community-funded services.
"Even though we are connected to the Triple 000 emergency response, the majority of our funding comes from public donations," said Lisa Douglas from Careflight.
"The current economic crisis has more than halved the donations we normally receive from the community, so we are even more reliant on ongoing donations like this."
TVECIS will use its donation to fund an information booklet for parents of disabled children.
"Every cent helps and is greatly appreciated," said TVECIS vice-president Nicole Jones who has two sons with a disability.
More than $12,000 was raised by the Rotary club from its tenth Galaxy of Stars fundraising concert held at Twin Towns Services Club in July.
"The benefit of organising the concert is that it means we can help these organisations to raise much needed funds, instead of them having to approach the same people and organisations for help, because there is only so much out there," said Rotary Club vice-president David Phillips.
Tweed Heads financial planner Wendy Scarlett and the AMP Foundation sponsor the annual concert and boost its proceeds by giving 50 cents for every dollar raised.
"The AMP Foundation has given each organisation $2211 each," Ms Scarlett said.
"It is important to support the community, because without their support my business would not be successful."