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  • Jan 3, 2012
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Local Group becomes ‘Friend’ of Foundation

The Australian Ex-Servicemen and Women Broken Hill Sub-Branch attached to the Legion Club is the latest local community group to make a donation to the Broken Hill Community Foundation.

The Sub-Branch has committed $3000 to the Foundation’s Capital Fund over two years to become a Broken Hill Friend of the Foundation.

In presenting the first $1500 cheque, President/Secretary of the Sub-Branch Bill Graham said his Board members had felt the Foundation presented an excellent opportunity to channel money from their fundraising back into the community.

“We raise funds throughout the year by recycling cans and bottles from the Legion Club and also through our Christmas Raffle. This helps us to donate to community organisations such as ‘St Vinnies’, Greenhill Lodge and Flinders Lodge and others who request our help. However, after attending a couple of the Foundation’s community awareness events, we could see that a donation to the Foundation’s Capital Fund would enable our fundraising to continue to work year after year. We’re really pleased to have this type of opportunity available,” Mr Graham said.

The Australian Ex-Servicemen and Women Broken Hill Sub-Branch formed in 1946, just after the conclusion of World War II.

“We used to meet in the Pirie Building and members started having a few drinks after the meeting – until the local Police warned us we needed to have a Licence. That’s how the Legion Club was formed. Now the two organisations operate quite separately and the Ex-Servicemen and Women focus on doing what we can to assist the local community.”

The organisation currently has almost seventy members, including Vietnam Veterans and National Service members.

Foundation Chair Vince Gauci welcomed the donation and said it was an excellent example of the type of response sought during the current local Capital Raising Campaign.

“We are really hoping that Broken Hill businesses, residents and community groups will all ‘get behind’ our current campaign. Any donation will generate long-term benefit for the city,” he said.

Mr Gauci said, in particular, the Foundation was hoping to identify charitable, sporting or community organisations which had operated in the past and had now closed, without having distributed remaining funds now sitting in various bank accounts.

“Anecdotally, we have heard of a number of these organisations, but are having trouble making contact with former office bearers. We would very much like the opportunity to speak to these people. It’s possible we may provide a solution so that their funds, no matter how small, may continue to work for Broken Hill.”