23 years ago, Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors celebrated its 100th birthday by establishing a Charitable Foundation to keep on giving back to the community. From the initial $100,000 donated by the firm, the Foundation has grown to hold capital in excess of $1M thanks to the many generous donors who have donated to the Foundation through the years.
All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and every dollar donated is invested and forms part of the capital. It is the interest which is distributed yearly. This year over $60,000 has been distributed to charities in the region. To date the Foundation has distributed more than $630,000-00 to local charities.
The Independent Trustees are grateful that all administration costs are met by the legal firm Macrossan & Amiet and SH Tait & Co carry out the annual audit at no cost. Everyone is encouraged to consider donating to the Foundation as every dollar you donate is invested and keeps on giving each year. From the smallest things, great things can be achieved.
This year’s grant recipients are:-
- YIRS One Stop Youth Shop $10,000 – to support flexible learning programs for young people who have disengaged from traditional schooling.
- Anglicare North Qld $10,000 – to purchase refrigeration and freezing facilities for the Low-Cost Food Centre to increase the variety of food it offers.
- Whitsunday Counselling and Support Service $4730 – to purchase new beds and mattresses for their refugee accommodation centre in Airlie Beach
- Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club $3508 – to purchase water rescue manikins for their training programs.
- Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Assoc $3000 – to provide workshops for the rehabilitation and husbandry of sick and injured wildlife and to purchase resources
- Mackay Alzheimer’s Inc $2000 – to support the largest Dementia Public Forum held in Mackay.
- Salvation Army $4589 – to purchase new outdoor play equipment at Samaritan House which provides accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
- Mackay Surf Lifesaving $3400 – to upgrade their first aid room and supplies.
- Whitsunday Christian College $2500 – to purchase equipment to assist Autistic students with significant reading difficulties.
- Mackay Hospital Foundation $958.46 – to purchase a new trolley to restock the vending machine at the hospital as all funds raised supports the Hospital Foundation.
- Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday $1500 – to purchase new equipment
- Mackay Children’s Contact Service $1720 – to purchase games for children aged between 11 and 15 to support the ‘spend time with parents’ activities.
- Kidney Support Network $5450 – to air condition their Shakespeare Street Op-Shop which is run by volunteers.
- Proserpine Senior Living Inc $2429.44 – to install photoelectric smoke alarms in bedrooms of all 29 units.
- Year 11 School Bursaries $4000 – to assist students.