Money go­ing to most in need

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga If you would like to do­nate to the Ro­tary Club of Lon­greach phone Dar­lene Lam­perd on 0438 689 630.

The Ro­tary Club of Tatura has come up with a dif­fer­ent way to give back to the com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als im­pacted by the on­go­ing drought in Queens­land, by reach­ing out to a sis­ter Ro­tary club in the af­fected area and do­nat­ing $2000 to its cause.

Club sec­re­tary Dar­lene Lam­perd came across the Ro­tary Club of Lon­greach when re­search­ing drought-af­fected ar­eas, along with 49 other clubs within the Ro­tary District 9570 (Cen­tral Queens­land) cov­er­ing nearly 700 000 sq km.

Ro­tary Club of Tatura in­com­ing pres­i­dent Bill Pur­cell said they were im­pressed with Lon­greach be­cause the money raised was go­ing to the peo­ple who needed it most.

‘‘They’re ba­si­cally say­ing the hay job is done, but there are so many other things more that they can do,’’ Mr Pur­cell said.

‘‘We raise funds lo­cally, prob­a­bly about $30 000 a year and we do like to use that lo­cally, but this is such a good thing that we have de­cided to do­nate $2000 to­wards these guys and they can then dis­trib­ute it to where they need to.’’

Lon­greach has an im­me­di­ate fo­cus on help­ing com­mu­ni­ties get through the cur­rent drought con­di­tions, with an em­pha­sis on town and coun­try, so­cial con­nec­tiv­ity, phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing, sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness and build­ing lead­er­ship and ca­pac­ity for the fu­ture.

‘‘They have a ham­per drive and buy all the ham from the lo­cal butcher, so he gets the sup­port be­cause the town peo­ple are strug­gling as well,’’ Mr Pur­cell said.

He said the Lon­greach club cov­ered a large area where they could drive up to seven hours in the wider com­mu­nity.

Lon­greach is host­ing a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to give in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties a boost in­clud­ing, movie/bar­be­cue trailer events to bring lo­cal fam­i­lies to­gether for a night, and train­ing, weld­ing and up­skilling days to bring ‘‘the blokes’’ to­gether, to en­cour­age peer sup­port deal­ing with the stresses of drought.

Mr Pur­cell said not only would the club be do­nat­ing to the cause, but a num­ber of mem­bers were also do­nat­ing per­son­ally.

‘‘I think they’ll be very grate­ful for it,’’ he said.

‘‘Rather than do­nat­ing

to a big­ger ap­peal, this is­more di­rect to the peo­ple and it’s per­sonal, from one Ro­tary club to an­other.’’

Club con­nec­tion: The Ro­tary Club of Tatura in­com­ing pres­i­dent Bill Pur­cell and mem­ber Tony Ma­son.

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