Surf trailer part­ing gift

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Ro­tary Club has dis­banded and its fi­nal good deed was do­nat­ing $6000 to lo­cal life­savers to buy a trailer.

Port Dou­glas Surf Lifesaving Club pres­i­dent John Good­man said they were in des­per­ate need of the trailer af­ter strug­gling with do­na­tions.

“We had a trailer for car­ry­ing our surf craft to car­ni­vals but it was too short and we were ba­si­cally car­ry­ing our craft il­le­gally as it was pro­trud­ing past the trailer,” he said.

“Ro­tary were will­ing to do­nate the money for the con­struc­tion and we put the old rack on from the old trailer and now it’s a le­gal load and will see the club out now for a long time.”

Port Dou­glas Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Tony Dickinson said they al­lo­cated the last of their do­na­tions to sev­eral good causes, in­clud­ing $1000 to the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and a schol­ar­ship fund for Ti­mor Leste (orig­i­nally East Ti­mor) for $18,000 for wor­thy stu­dents to study in Aus­tralia,” he said. “We’ve also given to Moss­man hos­pi­tal, Po­lio Plus, an anti-malaria cam­paign and now we’ve joined the Moss­man club.

“Ba­si­cally Port Dou­glas got down to around six ac­tive mem­bers and our main fundraiser to Cook­town for Cap­tain Cook’s land­ing re-en­act­ment on a spon­sored Quick­sil­ver char­ter for the Queen’s Birth­day week­end was with­drawn and that was the fi­nal straw, so we’ve made Moss­man a stronger club.

“Moss­man has re­ceived us with open arms, we can still be ac­tive Ro­tar­i­ans and have made Moss­man a stronger club.”

Do­na­tion: the surf lifesaving club re­ceived a new boat trailer from Port Dou­glas Ro­tary

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