Newly formed organisation to bring Macarthur charities together

Fund raising: A group of youngsters band together to raise funds during the 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Swimathon. Picture: Jeff McGill
Fund raising: A group of youngsters band together to raise funds during the 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Swimathon. Picture: Jeff McGill

Who would have thought that too much generosity could create a problem?

But that’s the scenario facing many Macarthur charitable organisations.

The issue, event planner and regular charity event MC Steve Wisbey said, stemmed from the overwhelming goodwill of the region’s residents who “give until it hurts”.

Firstly there are the two region’s two major fund-raisers – the Cystic Fibrosis Swimathon and the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer – which have raised more than $550,000 and $3 million respectively since their inception.

Then there are numerous fundraisers from organisations including Mater Dei, Beautiful Minds and Society 398 – to name a few – that can raise anywhere from $1000 to more than $100,000.

“There are also the breakfasts and luncheons that raise $10,000 here and there,” Mr Wisbey said.

With so many causes competing for the attention of the same people, it was only a matter of time before timetables of charitable events began to clash.

Last year several organisations including Disability Macarthur, Lifeline Macarthur, Youth Solutions and the Mark Grundy Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Group banded together to form Charity Links Macarthur.

Youth Solutions communications coordinator Amanda Dillon said the aim was to “improve the connection between charities” and “foster a healthier, well-supported and inclusive Macarthur community”.

Mark Grundy Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Group’s Polly Grundy said the need for Charity Links Macarthur was highlighted last year when the organisation’s major fundraiser was held on the same weekend as three other charitable events..

“There are 52 weeks in the year but four of us were having events on the same weekend,” she said.

The newly formed organisation have created a calendar that charities will sign up to in the hope to avoid similar clashes and track fundraising events throughout the region.

Charity Links Macarthur’s first meeting was held about a month ago – the next one will be held on Thursday, April 14.

Thirteen organisations have signed up so far.

Details: amanda@youthsolutions.com.au and charitylinksmacarthur.org.