Much-loved Aussie philanthropist Dick Smith has once again pledged $1 million to Rotary towards alleviating the suffering of Aussies in need. 
 
The pledge comes on the back of Dick’s initial $1 million-dollar donation to Rotary in November 2016, which helped make a difference to the lives of many Australian families and individuals suffering personal hardship.

Delighted with the scope and success of projects his original donation enabled, Dick says this second pledge is a much-needed cash injection for people doing it tough in our own backyard.

Some of the grants included drought relief and suicide prevention programs.

Grants for projects will be administered by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society and distributed to disadvantaged Australians identified by local Rotary clubs or Rotary districts as being in need. As with the initial donation, grants will be matched dollar for dollar by clubs and/or districts. 
 
Dick says he was thrilled to see his first million-dollar donation reach a total of $2.5 million dollars through the matched grant funding and is hoping for a similar result second time around.

The donation continues Dick and Pip’s ongoing relationship with Rotary. Dick has previously given a significant amount through Rotary towards the eradication of polio; once widespread across the globe, but now isolated to just a few small enclaves in remote regions.
 
Dick joins the likes of world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates as a major supporter of Rotary and its various programs worldwide. 
 
For further information contact: 
Garry Browne, Mob: 0418 401 978, or
John McLaren, RAWCS Chairman, Mob: 0401 116 720 Email:  John.McLaren@nt.gov.au
Michael Perkins,Imm. Past Chair RAWCS, Mob: 0418 391 932 Email: Lmperkins@bigpond.com
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