Rotary donates more than $14,000 to local Gold Coast kids in need

SICK and underprivileged Gold Coast children have benefited from more than $14,000, recently raised and donated by the Broadwater-Southport Rotary Club.

The Club has done much for the Gold Coast community in the past year, including securing much-needed funds for their own Kids With Shoes program, the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and many others.

Eight cheques of $500 each were recently presented to local schools as part of the Kids With Shoes program, which provides school shoes and uniforms for local children in need.


This is the program’s second year with funds raised from the Club’s annual race day, held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Derby Day.

The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation was a major recipient of the Club’s generosity with a cheque for $10,000 to fund the purchase of an ultrasound probe, used specifically for sick children.

Chairman of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Gary Baildon, said the probe would enable staff to look at “very small veins” to allow the delicate placement of difficult IV and central lines in smaller children.

The funds were raised through the Club’s annual Circus Quirkus event. Donations are made by companies and interested individuals, with tickets then given to local underprivileged and physically challenged youngsters to attend the circus for free.

The Club’s next big fundraising event is their annual Bare Your Soles For Kids barefoot bowls day – open to all – which will take place on 25 May at the Musgrave Hills Bowls Club for the tenth year running, once again raising money for local children’s charities.