Money going to most in need
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.