Discover Balaklava: The Most Generous Town in South Australia

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By Christine Lazaro | January 6, 2014 5:56 PM EST

Aussies remain to be one of the most generous people around the globe and it is proven true with the South Australian town of Balaklava. According to the list of the Most Giving Donors per Taxpayer in South Australia, Balaklava tops the list.

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A young Hungarian man holds a dish in his hands at a soup kitchen where Hungarian Ecumenical Charity distributes free lunch to the needy ahead of iChristmas in Budapest, December 23, 2013. The charity gave out over a 1,000 portions of food every day in the past six days in the Hungarian capital city. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

The figures revealed were taken from the 2010-11 financial year with the Australian Tax Office saying that it took more than seven in every batch of 10 people to have donated about $303.40 on average to any charitable institution on an annual basis. During the previous year, it was the residents of Kingswood who were recognized as the most generous.

In the current list, the Balaklava town was followed by other locations like Port Augusta, Stirling North, Cooper's Creek/Lindon/Myrtle Springs/Witchelina, and Glossop.

Adelaide Now wrote about a family resident from Balaklava who is known among locals for having been charitable even through the next three generations that passed. 80-year-old Colleen Howard has donated much of her efforts for the Meals on Wheels branch in Balaklava for a span of 35 years. This charitable effort was followed on by her own daughter, Deidre and eventually by her granddaughter Natalie May who is as young as 22 years old.

51-year-old Deidre said that she doesn't just donate her efforts as volunteer but also gives money to other charitable groups or institutions. "I tend to donate more time than money because I have a bit more time than money," she said with a laugh.

Balaklava may have achieved a 7.2 out of 10 rate for people who donate but Castlemaine in Victoria reached about 7.8. This is probably because the Victorian centre comes with a bigger number of people. Various charities have given much of their praises to how Australians are always willing to extend help to others, especially during times of hardships.

Fiona Ellis from the Australian Foundation for Disability even attested how amazingly generous Aussies can truly be even during times of crisis and disasters. Ms Nicole Mackey of the Fundraising Institute of Australia also emphasized the importance of systems that Australia has initiated to make sure that everyone's generosity is always put to good use.


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A young Hungarian man holds a dish in his hands at a soup kitchen where Hungarian Ecumenical Charity distributes free lunch to the needy ahead of iChristmas in Budapest, December 23, 2013. The charity gave out over a 1,000 portions of food every day in the past six days in the Hungarian capital city. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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