Ludlow Rotary raising funds for Australian fire victims

LUDLOW, Vt. – Given the enormity of the fires now threatening all of Australia, the Ludlow Rotary Club has initiated efforts to raise funds to help the Australian people and the millions of injured and dislocated animals in that country.

Ludlow Rotary is joining Rotary International to fundraise for humans and animals, like this rescued koala,  affected by the Australian fires.
Ludlow Rotary is joining Rotary International to fundraise for humans and animals, like this rescued koala, affected by the Australian fires. Photo provided

According to Mark Huntley, LRC president, “We will be joining Rotary International in raising funds to help the be leagued Australian people and animals begin to recover from the devastating fires currently engulfing that nation.” He noted that the LRC’s fundraising effort would be in concert with Rotary International’s program to provide assistance, Rotary International Brush Fires Appeal.

The local club will donate $2,000 to this fund, split equally between humanity and wildlife rescue. All funds collected will be divided the same way.

The LRC Rotarians plan to distribute “drop-boxes” to many area stores and businesses so that additional funds will be secured for this effort.

Huntley indicated, “We suspect that everyone has been concerned about loss of life and property resulting from these fires in Australia and wants to find some way to help that nation recover and rebuild from this tremendous calamity.” He noted that he, like many others, was particularly overcome by the plight of the animals like the koalas and kangaroos that we have become attached to.

In addition to the LRC donation and the drop-box collections, interested people may also send checks to the Ludlow Rotary Club’s tax-exempt organization. The mailing address for such contributions is Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund Inc. (LARCF), P.O. Box 216, Ludlow VT 05149. This is a 501(c)(3) organization so all contributions are tax-deductible.

For more information on this effort, call 802-779-7194 or email LRC at kimberlylampert@bensonschevy.com.

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