Mandurah opens its hearts and wallets to break fundraising record

All for a good cause: The Rotary Wishing Well which is currently seeking a new home. Photo: Supplied.

All for a good cause: The Rotary Wishing Well which is currently seeking a new home. Photo: Supplied.

After a record-breaking year collecting coins in the Rotary Wishing Well in Port Mandurah, the funds are now available to distribute to the local community.

Rotary Club of Mandurah's Martin Robinson said this year's target of $29,000 was met with flying colours.

"We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the wishing well over the Christmas period," he said.

Since its inception in 2008, the Wishing Well has raised a staggering $200,000 which has been donated to dozens of local groups.

Local not-for-profit groups can apply for funding until March 31.

"These projects must be shown to be of benefit to people in the Mandurah area," Mr Robinson said.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the wishing well over the Christmas period.

Martin Robinson.

The Rotary Wishing Well was the brainchild of René Jorgensen and his late wife Isabella, who wanted to give back to their community.

"René handed this ingenious system over to me when he and Isabella moved to Queensland. I am part of an amazing team of Rotarians who build and dismantle the net each year," Mr Robinson said.

After six years of operating the Rotary Wishing Well, Mr Robinson and his wife are looking for someone else to host the net system.

"Ideally they need to live on the Christmas lights route in Port Mandurah. It would be a bonus if the wishing well could remain in the Starfire/Aztec canal, to continue René's legacy," he said.