Devils devour tax talk funds

SAVING the Tasmanian Devil was high on the agenda at the H&R Block National Conference in Hobart recently, where the organisation’s fundraising efforts saw more than $5000 handed over to the Save the Devil program.

Local hosts for the major accounting group, H&R Block Tasmania, were on a mission to showcase all that Tasmania is renowned for – including the iconic marsupial – and pledged to match dollar for dollar the funds raised during the four-day conference.

The plight of the Devils were highlighted at the conference by a display, fun merchandise and a raffle that promised premium Tasmanian products including wines, handcrafted chocolates and books.

Save the Tasmanian Devil Program Appeal manager Rebecca Cuthill also spoke about the Deadly Facial Tumour Disease at a gala dinner, held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

H&R Block Australia director Brodie Dixon said Hobart “turned it on” for the conference.

“This conference was voted one of the best ever and we turned it on for the devils in appreciation,” he said.

“It was great for our delegates from around the country to hear about this worldwide research being led by Tasmania and the inspiring signs of hope that this amazing animal can be saved from the brink.”

Rebecca Cuthill said she was “delighted” with the donation.

“Accountants clearly love their numbers and in this case, could see the falling numbers of devils and the need for increased funds to support the scientific program,” she said.

“For a small group to raise this much in a short period is inspirational and it sounds like they had fun doing it too.

“The funds raised by H&R Block will be put into research that will hopefully see more vaccinated devils from the insurance populations being returned to wild areas, like the recent release into wukalina/Mt William.”

Steve Hinton and Lesley Somerville, owners of the H&R Block Tasmanian franchise, were equally delighted with the support from their interstate colleagues.

“The wealth of expertise that H&R Block national has to offer was brought to Hobart where we all shared our experiences in the world of tax, at the same time as raising funds for a great cause,” they said.

Caption: From left, H&R Block Australia managing director Brodie Dixon, Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal Program manager Rebecca Cuthill and H&R Block Tasmanian Franchise general manager Steve Hinton.