Rob Kiddell Receives Australian Community Philanthropy Award

Rob Kiddell Receives Australian Community Philanthropy Award  

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The peak body for Australian Community Foundations, Australian Community Philanthropy, has awarded Mirboo North & District Community Foundations Director Rob Kiddell its inaugural local Philanthropist of the year award.

The award, for major long term services and commitment to local philanthropy, was made at the October 2016 National Community Foundations Forum (2016 NCCF) which was jointly hosted by the Mirboo North & District and Bass Coast Community Foundations.

It is a great honour, and well deserved, by Rob, his family and the local community for a Mirboo North resident to receive this national award.

Rob has been actively involved in many Mirboo North & District community organisations over many years, and at the presentation to Rob, Derrick Ehmke paid tribute to Rob’s dedication and commitment to the community and described him as the “Quiet Philanthropist”.

Robert is a local CFPR, lawyer, notary and company director who has wide community and professional interests.  He is a former shire councillor, a Life Member of Apex, he was the inaugural president of the Mirboo Community Association, a former Secretary of the Gippsland Law Association and a Fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.  His current extra curricula activities include:

  • Founding members and Vice Chair of Mirboo North & District Community Foundation
  • Squadron Leader in the RAAF Specialist Reserve;
  • Mirboo North Cemetery Trust;
  • Chairperson Mirboo North Uniting Church Council;
  • Trustee Latrobe Regional Gallery Foundation;
  • Mirboo North Schools Chaplaincy Committee and
  • Chair, Mirboo North Community Shed

Rob has not only served the community in the above organisations and activities but has also provided pro bono advice and expertise to many organisations and individuals in need. His dedication and service to the district community have brought enormous benefit to the community and his wealth of experience and expertise in the legal and financial world are invaluable to the community.

Philanthropy is not only about the money, in the words of the prophet Kahlil Gibran

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

This sums up Rob Kiddell, the “Quiet Philanthropist”.  Thanks and well done Rob.