Rotary target fundraising shortfall for local charity

Rotary target fundraising shortfall for local charity

The Rotary Club of Kingston is donating $5000 to the Kingborough Helping Hands to assist in their anticipated $50,000 annual fundraising shortfall, due to COVID-19.

This $5000 donation has already been matched by another $5000 from a Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants Committee (RACG), a fund available through the generous philanthropic donation from Dick Smith to Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS).

Kingborough Helping Hands (KHH) is a group of volunteers which has been assisting and supporting people in the Kingborough municipality for over a decade.

KHH has evolved to deliver services in a variety of ways including a food van (Loui’s Van serving 160-200 families per month), emergency relief hampers (150 hampers per year to community members who have fallen on hard times), Christmas hampers (250 hampers and 400 gifts to those that may not otherwise have received anything), the Christmas Sharing Tree (a place for the community to donate gifts, food items or vouchers to be distributed to those in need), donations to local women’s refuges (purchase and distribute clothes and personal effects to girls and women, some of which have been removed from domestic violence and sexual abuse situations) and Primary School breakfasts.

Due to the COVID-19, KHH’s services are more in demand than usual, however their two major fund-raising events have been cancelled leaving this $50,000 shortfall.

The President of Helping Hands, Edna Pennicott, is asking both their loyal supporters and any other members of the community, to donate to assist covering this shortfall in funds.

Edna has suggested that those who usually attend their annual Soup and Sandwich Fashion Show or the Xmas Luncheon might like to donate the normal $25 entrance fee.

In recognition of the good work that KHH does in the community, two loyal and generous supporters have donated their $750 economic support payment to KHH.

Every dollar donated to KHH by their supporters, will be matched by the RACG up to $10,000, which could mean another $20,000 support for the charity.

In order for this to occur, donations must be made online at

For those wishing to contribute, the project no is 118 and is under the year 2019-20, listed as Helping Hands Southern Tasmania (RACG).

Any further enquiries on how to donate can be addressed to Else Phillips from Kingston Rotary on 0408 416 375.

Pictured above: Due to the COVID-19, Kingborough Helping Hands’ (KHH) major fund-raising events, such as the annual Soup and Sandwich Fashion Show, have been cancelled, leaving a $50,000 shortfall for the charity. President of KHH, Edna Pennicott has suggested that those who usually attend the fashion show, or the Xmas Luncheon might like to donate the normal $25 entrance fee to the charity. (PS)