Half-hearted donation helps

THE Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of WA has warned it may have to close its office in Bayswater because it’s running short of money.

ODATWA owes Bayswater council about $1500 for three months’ rent at the Rise community centre and feared it would have to cancel its annual Star to Remember event, which brings together the families of organ donors, to cover the debt.

ODATWA asked for rent relief in August, but the council declined after staff warned it might open the floodgates for other struggling charities.

The organisation came back with a request for a $5000 donation, but Bayswater’s policy caps payments at $200, while it’s a national, rather than local issue.

But softies on staff, noting the organisation’s aims, suggested the council could make a “one off” donation of either the $5000 the foundation requested to cover the rent and the event, or $1500.

Councillors unanimously chose to kick them $1500.

ODATWA founder Simone McMahon told the Voice via email the money would go towards holding Star to Remember and they’d attempt to fund the ongoing rent through fundraising.

“We are extremely grateful to the City of Bayswater for the $1500 donation that council recently approved as it has provided us with the interim financial relief needed to enable us to proceed with the Star Night for our donor families at the end of the year,” Ms McMahon said.

“[However], unless further funds can be obtained to cover our rent between now and the new year, our organisation will have no option than to close its doors.”

Ms McMahon said the gala had been pushed back to December.

by DAVID BELL

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