Rotary club helped set up foundation
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.