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What is the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society?
RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (ABN: 54 563 288 318) to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts
within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their particular
project. RABS is a public benevolent institution (PBI) with full Australian Taxation Office certification.
RABS will be administered on a National basis, fully utilising the RAWCS website to minimise administration costs.
RABS Projects can be registered by Australian Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts who are of good standing with Rotary International.
A Rotary Club can only register one RABS project at a time. An open project must be acquitted by RABS National before a new
registration will be accepted. In addition to registrations by Clubs, Rotary Districts can register up to two District projects.
Rotary Clubs and Districts operating RABS projects are deemed to be acting as agents for RAWCS Ltd.
ROTARY AUSTRALIA WORLD COMMUNITY SERVICE LTD
RAWCS assisted with the Public Appeal through Social Media by
reaching 10,000 within the first few days whilst the fires
continued. This was backed up by communications throughout
the country via Rotary’s network of clubs.
Whilst the funds were being collected from across the nation, the
D9685 Recovery Team were compiling a priority list of needy
recipients with Blue Mountains Authorities. Governor Graeme
attests to the speed that RAWCS/RABS acted and to the necessity
to have the infrastructure ready and operable.
RAWCS and RABS personnel are confident that DG Graeme and
his teams will provide good, appropriate assistance to all victims,
in the most sympathetic manner.
This was a powerful illustration of how RABS will help Rotary
solve distressful situations humanely and quickly.
Already we have witnessed the delight that young Toby and his
family experienced when they received a customised Kia Carnival
van. The “Give Toby Wheels” appeal, brilliantly promoted and
organised by the R/C Somerset (D9830) saw the community at
large open their hearts to support the Appeal. Toby has severe
disabilities – a cochlear implant in both ears; little head control;
and low muscle tone in and around his ankles which demand
special splint support daily. Toby cannot use his muscles to stand
or move and so the family use a hoist to ease their own backs.
Under Project Chairperson Joan Rylah the ‘Give Toby Wheels’
community response raised so much that the appeal has been
raised to $100,000 to fit out two more wheelchair adapted taxis
for the Burnie Wynyard area in Tasmania.
What are the project criteria?
The ACNC Act requires that all Benevolent Society projects must
address one of the following criteria that arouse the compassion
of your community:
The main requirement for RABS projects is that they provide
direct relief to people in need. If the clients are disadvantaged,
the relief should target that disadvantage, i.e . a place to sleep for
the homeless, food and money for those in poverty, counseling
and support of those in distress.
The recent Blue Mountains Bushfires occurred with great
swiftness and impact on individuals and the mountainside
communities . Devastation to property plus the physical and
emotional toll was immediate and will be long lasting. At the
height of the fires when the need for assistance became obvious
the Rotary District Governor (Graeme Davies D9685) of the
affected region immediately organized a campaign of assistance
by completing the RABS registration form (available to download
from www.rawcs.org website) which gave him access to a
Donation link and bank account (the RAWCS’ OAF account) with
the ability to accept online donations from the public.
Importantly it also provided donors tax deductibility through the
DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status. Automatic tax receipts
were issued and accounting records created.
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