If there’s one kid we love keeping in touch with here at haven, it’s Samuel Smith. A budding philanthropist with a heart of gold, Samuel founded KIN Schools Day – a day that focuses on ‘kids helping kids’ – when he was just twelve years old.
Since then, Samuel has coordinated two – soon to be three – KIN Schools Day Charity Dinners, raised funds and awareness for the Kids in Need Association and personally carried out too many good deeds to count. And, on November 30, he’ll take on what could be his biggest one yet.
Well-known celebrities and former Wallaby greats will descend on Twin Towns for the third annual KIN Schools Day Charity Gala, one of the Tweed and Gold Coast’s most heartfelt charity events.
Former Wallaby great and World Cup Champion Dan Crowley will be joined by media personality and former Wallaby Coach, Alan Jones, while former Wallaby great and super Rugby Champion Brendan Cannon will steer the ship. This there will be beers, cheers and maybe a few tears, as the trio light up the stage in support of local charity Kids in Need Association.
It’s little wonder over half of the tickets are already sold out!
“I started KIN Schools Day four years ago to raise awareness and much needed funds for a local charity, Kids In Need (KIN) Association,” said Samuel. “KIN has been supporting Tweed and Gold Coast families for over 37 years by providing assistance for children with disabilities and serious illness.
“It’s (the Charity Gala) all about a community coming together and that a little makes a lot. I really want kids to get involved and put their hands up to help others. Hardship and suffering is happening here in our local community and charities like Kids in Need have the ability to change lives.”
Previous event speaker, Peter Fitzsimons, continues to support Samuel in his efforts.
“Samuel is a fine young Australian, and I am extremely impressed with his community spirit,” Peter says. “It is precisely what we, as Australians, must do in these difficult times – turn to each other, and not on each other. We need more Samuel’s and I am very happy to do whatever I can to help.”
Samuel said he has received a wonderful response from a variety of businesses through sponsorship and donations for the Charity Auction which will be run by Lloyds Auctions. He is extremely grateful to this years event sponsor, Mr Lenny McLennan from RBR Property Consultants, also the unwavering support from Tweed Chamber of Commerce and amazing generosity of local councillor Mr Warren Polglase.
Samuel will also be launching his very first book, a children’s book named ‘Shomee and Raah’, on the night, with all proceeds going back to Kids in Need.
“It’s going to be a great night, lots of laughs and great entertainment but more importantly raising money for these awesome kids,” says Samuel.