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Arthur Bray was the Resident Director of TNT transport Group in Western Australian and a dynamic figure in the Transport industry.  He joined Ascot Rotary in 1973, becoming Arthur was heavily involved in club and district activities where youth was involved and was instrumental in setting up “Young Achievers” in Western Australia.
Following his untimely death of a heart attack in December 1979, Ascot Rotary decided to honour his memory by establishing the Arthur Bray Foundation.  Given Arthur’s empathy for young people and his great commitment to youth activities, it was natural that the Foundation would be directed towards furthering education opportunities for the disadvantaged young people.
An initial capital base of $ 15,000 was raised with considerable help from the Transport Industry.  That base has grown since 1979 with additional support from Ascot Rotary and generous support from Ascot Rotaract Club.
The Foundation is one of the Rotary Club’s major projects and has provided scholarships to bright young students to continue their education when there may be limited family resources or support.
The interest from the Foundation’s investments has provided over thirty scholarships since it’s inception.  Historically, the Quairading Rotary Club had been very supportive of the Foundation, both financially and in nominating awardees.  Nine scholarships have been awarded to Quairading students. Other country students to receive supportive have come from Bunbury, Kojonup, Collie, Mount Barker and Albany.
The trust deed was updated in recent years to include the general Metropolitan Area, not just the Belmont Area and to allow for wider scope of sponsorship including District projects involving Youth (including but not limited to RYLA, RYPEN, Handicamp, RYDA, ‚ÄčNYSF and Science Experience).