Ro­tary ex­change teaches vi­tal skill

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOUR Amer­i­can Ro­tary mem­bers will have a wealth of knowl­edge to share back home af­ter com­plet­ing their four week ex­change tour across North­ern Aus­tralia.

Jon Huff­mas­ter, Lind­sey Day, Carly Lun­den and Mario Her­nan­dez from Min­nesota and Wis­con­sin ar­rived in Proser­pine on Fri­day and were greeted by Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox and Air­lie Beach Ro­tary mem­bers.

Mario Her­nan­dez said vis­it­ing cy­clone-af­fected ar­eas such as Proser­pine would en­hance his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in non­profit sec­tors at home.

“With small com­mu­ni­ties like this re­bound­ing from the cy­clone we are learn­ing about what strate­gies there are to re­pair and re­vi­talise the town,” he said.

The four Amer­i­can Ro­tar­i­ans be­gan their ex­change in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and went on to visit East Ti­mor be­fore re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia and stop­ping in towns in­clud­ing Cairns, Ma­reeba, In­n­is­fail, Mis­sion Beach, Townsville and Proser­pine.

Lind­sey Day said she fell in love with Aus­tralia and de­cided to ex­tend her trip, pay­ing a visit to Hamil­ton Is­land and Syd­ney. WHIT­SUN­DAY Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre CEO Re­becca Woods has an am­bi­tious dream – to con­sign can­cer to the “his­tory books”.

And while the $932.15 raised from the Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Morn­ing Tea event last Fri­day morn­ing won’t ful­fil this dream, ev­ery ef­fort helps to make a dif­fer­ence.

Mary Turner and Alice Looke were among the “stal­warts” who at­tend the Big­gest Morn­ing Tea ev­ery year and en­joyed a va­ri­ety of

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