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SPECIAL REQUEST
There are a couple of items we need for our operations and wondering if anyone has the following they can donate or can put us in contact with someone to approach:

1. Filing Cabinet that is lockable - doesnt have to be new but needs to have key to lock

2. A new computer - its that time were we actually need a new computer. We have had a couple donated but it's time to get a new upto date model to accomodate our needs.

If you can assist in anyway please email geraldine@biggrouphug.org

Without your support, we couldn't continue the work we do so thank you.
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VOLUNTEER AUDITOR REQUIRED

Are you a registered auditor wanting to give back to the community? Well this is your chance. You can make a difference by donating roughly 5 hours of your time.

Big Group Hug is a company, limited by guarantee with an independent Board with Deductible Gift Recipient status and registered with the ACNC

Our accounts are managed by a CPA however we now would like to get them professionally audited for use in Grant Submissions.

AUDIT REQUIREMENTS:
– Financial Report
– Review of any government grant reporting requirements
– Development of an Audit Report for submission to the ACNC and DGR Registry.

Time Required
Currently the expense transaction count averages between 1-3 expenses per month with income transactions averaging around 10 transactions monthly. This Audit is likely to take only 1-2 hours to complete once initial F2F meeting held.

If you are able to help us out, please email geraldine@biggrouphug.org
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We need your advice! (Hence the long post :-))

As you know we strive to ensure that your generous donations reach the hands of those most in need. Sometimes, heartbreakingly, the families we support have very little space or capacity to take everything that a child growing up in our wonderful country deserves. Some are homeless, some live in shared or cramped spaces and others are transient due to family violence.

We work closely with many other charities and we seek out opportunities to help local community centres or waiting rooms by supplying toys to entertain sick kids or those with sick parents. We donate extra women's clothes to refuges and send gift packs to families reconnecting after separation due to drug and alcohol abuse. We collaborate with maternal health centers and toy libraries to ensure our community is strong and connected supplying them with anything we can to make life easy for those doing it tough.

However sometimes we find ourselves with items that have been given lovingly but that we simply cannot find a new home for. It may be a toy that is too large or not appropriate for the age of children we help or another item that has not been requested by our social services network.

Those of you who know me, know that this cause is close to my heart and that I will move heaven and earth to ensure we rehome as much as possible but sometimes we just can't.

So I'm asking those of you who support us so often with donations, words of encouragement and support to help us make a decision as to whether we can, only where things cannot be passed on in another manner, use some of these donations to raise money to purchase the items needed and also to assist with our administrative costs.

As you know, we receive no government funding and we are run solely by individuals like you, all unpaid, who have busy lives and who squeeze this passion into those lives because we care.

Believe me, I don't ask this lightly but I want to ask you, our supporters to help us decide if it's ok to sell some items to help fund our work.

We welcome any feedback on this decision and you can comment here or email me directly with your thoughts.

Thank you once again for all you do to help us.


Angela
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Angela@biggrouphug.org
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