ROTARY WORK CELEBRATED: Rotary District Governor Peter Robinson (front row, first left) joined a gathering of more than 50 Rotarians in Ballina to celebrate the local club’s part in worldwide projects.
ROTARY WORK CELEBRATED: Rotary District Governor Peter Robinson (front row, first left) joined a gathering of more than 50 Rotarians in Ballina to celebrate the local club’s part in worldwide projects.

Rotary hits $500m

ORE than 50 Rotarians gathered at the Ballina RSL Club a fortnight ago with District Governor Peter Robinson and Ballina-On-Richmond Rotary Club president Bev Burnham to celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s worldwide community support programs.

Over $500 million has now been raised by Rotary Clubs internationally to help eliminate the crippling disease, polio, through the foundation’s Polio Plus campaign, and most significantly for our region, over 1000 shelter boxes (approximately $1,300,000 in fundraising assistance) have now been delivered to natural disaster victims in Samoa, Sumatra and the Philippines, thanks to the Rotary Foundation’s support for the ShelterBox Trust.

The kits provide shelter, comfort and basic survival equipment for at least 10 people.

Event organiser David Johnston said he was keen to acknowledge the work done by the Rotary movement, which often goes unnoticed in the global context.

“When you realise the extent of the commitments made by Rotary Clubs worldwide to providing solutions and relief for some of the most damaging global events and diseases, it’s important to deliver some recognition,” said Mr Johnston.

“Gathering together more than 50 Rotarians, many of whom have been honoured for their commitment to the Rotary movement, provided us with a great opportunity to do so.

“We were able to acknowledge the huge impact made by grassroots members whose combined efforts have delivered the most amazing results.

“To think, for instance, that polio is now almost eradicated worldwide thanks in no small way to Rotary.”

Mr Johnston hopes that this inaugural event will be the first of many designed to make communities more aware.

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