Ro­tary club helped set up foun­da­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Canning Vale -

CAN­NING Vale-based Ro­tary Club of South­ern Dis­tricts was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Bright­wa­ter Lyn Bea­z­ley Foun­da­tion and in­au­gu­ral PhD Schol­ar­ship.

Ro­tary past pres­i­dent John Simp­son said dur­ing his term, he es­tab­lished a com­mit­tee to find sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal projects wor­thy of support and one mem­ber re­called that the club had helped Bright­wa­ter in the past.

They checked in again and dis­cov­ered that Prof Bea­z­ley had just re­ceived the Gover­nors Award For Giv­ing and wished to do­nate her $50,000 prize.

She and Bright­wa­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Penny Flett vis­ited the club with a “won­der­ful pre­sen­ta­tion” on the Oats Street pro­gram, which pro­vides ex­ten­sive, slow re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in a vil­lage with a com­mu­nity-like at­mos­phere.

The club voted to match Prof Bea­z­ley’s do­na­tion with $50,000 raised at its weekly Bring’n’Buy mar­ket in Madding­ton.

Dr Flett said the schol­ar­ship added a new di­men­sion to Bright­wa­ter’s fa­cil­ity.

“The support of Pro­fes­sor Lyn Bea­z­ley, an em­i­nent sci­en­tist, and the gen­eros­ity of the Ro­tary Club of South­ern Dis­tricts, is a very pre­cious in­ter­ac­tion of the whole Western Aus­tralian com­mu­nity, help­ing in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies find hope,” she said.

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