FROM LEFT: Meredith Crowe, Barry Jameson, Hayley Katzen, John Bennett, and Megan Edwards.
FROM LEFT: Meredith Crowe, Barry Jameson, Hayley Katzen, John Bennett, and Megan Edwards.

Millionaire shows how to help others



By DAWN COHEN

MULTI-MILLIONAIRE George Lewin wants to die penniless.

It is not as easy to do as you might think.

He believes the rich need as much professional help in giving away money as the rest of us need in making it.

The Montecollum inventor donated $25,000 on Monday night to a new philanthropic organisation aimed at ensuring donations achieve useful results.

About 80 people braved the rain to attend the launch of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation at Caddies in Bangalow, donating $5000 to the organisation.

They were rewarded with talks given by Mr Lewin, as well as by Margaret Robertson, formerly of Margaret Robertson Real Estate, Barry Evans from the Buttery, a drug rehabilitation agency, and NRCF communication officer Hayley Katzen.

Ms Katzen clarified yesterday the foundation, the first of its kind in the area, is geared to the whole Northern Rivers, not just Byron Shire.

"Philanthropists can donate money to us, knowing we will invest it, using only the inter- est for grants, so any donation goes on working for the community in perpetuity," she said.

Mr Lewin thinks giving money to the foundation is a great alternative to paying tax.

"I hate paying tax to the Government to spend on war in Iraq and detention centres," he said.

"This is me determining where my money goes."

The organisation will focus on grant applications aimed at filling gaps in services next year. Call on 6684 1552.



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