No old fo­gies here

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

THE Port Dou­glas Ro­tary Club “is not just for old fo­gies” and is look­ing for new mem­bers.

The pop­u­lar club which has had up to 25 mem­bers is down to a team of five who are call­ing for sup­port.

Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Tony Dick­in­son urged com­mu­ni­ty­minded lo­cals to get be­hind the cause.

“If you have a pas­sion for help­ing peo­ple, fundrais­ing for char­i­ties or do­nat­ing for less for­tu­nate coun­tries then join the Ro­tary Club,” he said.

“I think peo­ple have this per­cep­tion that the Ro­tary Club is just for old fo­gies.

“The club is about rais­ing funds through so­cial events to help other or­gan­i­sa­tions make a dif­fer­ence in the world.

“I think a lot of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity would be in­ter­ested in join­ing the club if they knew what we ac­tu­ally do.”

Ro­tary Clubs are non-po­lit­i­cal, non-re­li­gious and open to all cul­tures races and creeds and give mem­bers of the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to have a pos­i­tive im­pact.

The Port Dou­glas Ro­tary Club meets ev­ery Tues­day night at the Bar­rier Reef Tav­ern for a so­cial din­ner where they dis­cuss fu­ture projects and fundrais­ing ideas.

“We al­ways have a lot of fun, we are a very so­cial group who just want to help oth­ers - and have a good time.

“We would love to see more young peo­ple get in­volved and voice their opin­ions about where fundrais­ing money should go in this com­mu­nity.

“The great thing about Ro­tary is if you want to or­gan­ise a fundraiser, you can do it and know where the money is go­ing.”

The Ro­tary Club not only works to sup­port the Dou­glas com­mu­nity but helps other Ro­tary Clubs across Aus­tralia as­sist peo­ple in need.

In the last year they have raised funds for flood vic­tims in Rock­hamp­ton, Emer­ald and Bris­bane, earth­quake vic­tims in New Zealand and do­nated linen to Cy­clone Yasi vic­tims.

Those who are in­ter­ested in join­ing the Ro­tary Club can­con­tact Tony on 0409 064 682.

Ro­tary’s Ham­pon, Tony Dick­in­son, James and Yolanda Hamp­ton

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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