Our Trust in Kids fund received a very generous donation from Rowly Paterson, owner of 2AY ACE Radio radio last month, which prompted me to review the TIK performance to date. We have allocated $ 55,700 to 107 children so far at an average of $520. Averages don’t always tell the full story as I recall one of our recent applications, from one of our financial counsellors, for funding to cover a child’s winter school uniform. Not a great deal of money but a massive deal for the young person and their family. We have approved around 90% of applications received, with the remainder referred to other more appropriate sources of support or withdrawn due to changed circumstances.
In addition to individual applications TIK gave $1400 worth of gift vouchers/ movie tickets to young people at Christmas who would otherwise have gone without a present. I was delighted to hear from Graham Walker, treasurer at the Lavington Lions that they would be donating funds to TIK following an address given to the club in March. It is this community support that makes a difference in children’s lives and so encouraging to receive.
Visit trustinkids.com.au to learn more about our smart fund for disadvantaged kids in our local community.