Rotary spearheads major appeal for WA babies in need

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(L to R) WIRF’s Social Work volunteers Deb Salamone and Liz Chidlow.
496515pa (L to R) WIRF’s Social Work volunteers Deb Salamone and Liz Chidlow.

ROTARY Club of Nedlands and The Local on Waratah have raised $5000 for Subiaco’s Women & Infants Research Foundation (WIRF).

The two businesses teamed up to host a fundraising event where more than 80 people dined at the Dalkeith restaurant to learn more about the critical work of WIRF and raise funds for the Baby Bundles program.

WIRF chief operations director Deb Portughes said the fundraising result would make an immediate and lasting impact on hundreds of families around the state.

“Our Baby Bundles program provides essential baby wear and blankets for those that are born pre-term, in an emergency, or to mother in desperate situations,” she said.

“We are simply astounded by the incredible generosity of The Rotary Club of Nedlands and The Local on Waratah.

“We thank them on behalf of the more than 6000 babies that are born at King Edward Memorial Hospital each year.”

Rotary Club of Nedlands president Chris Richardson said the event epitomised what Rotary was all about.

“Engaging philanthropically with local businesses to generate awareness and support for community projects, it’s what Rotary does,” he said.

“The generosity of management and staff at The Local on Waratah in partnering with the Rotary Club of Nedlands is a perfect example of good people working together to achieve great results for an even better cause.”