Ro­tary hon­ours po­lio cam­paigner

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

San­dra Hunter has al­ways had a heart for the com­mu­nity of Mata­mata and be­yond, and her gen­eros­ity has been recog­nised by the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata who pre­sented her a Paul Har­ris Fel­low award.

Mrs Hunter, a for­mer edi­tor of the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle, joins her hus­band Brian as a Paul Har­ris Fel­low, mak­ing them the first cou­ple to be hon­oured by the lo­cal club in its 66-year his­tory.

‘‘Thank you so much – I am to­tally hum­bled. This is to­tally un­ex­pected,’’ Mrs Hunter told Ro­tar­i­ans at their weekly meet­ing.

Mrs Hunter has sup­ported Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s Po­lio Plus cam­paign for many years, do­nat­ing her fees from act­ing as a wed­ding cel­e­brant to the cause.

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has been at the fore­front of the cam­paign to erad­i­cate po­lio in the world since the mid­dle of the 1980s.

‘‘A friend re­cently told me that if you are not in­volved in your com­mu­nity then you are re­ally just a bunch of peo­ple liv­ing in the same place,’’ Mrs Hunter said.

‘‘Liv­ing in a com­mu­nity that has such a heart as Mata­mata is a priv­i­lege. As I stand here as a vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity, I rep­re­sent the thou­sands of vol­un­teers in Mata­mata,’’ she said.

Mrs Hunter is also in­volved with Vic­tim Sup­port, is a Fam­ily Court me­di­a­tor, wed­ding cel­e­brant and el­der at St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church and is the in­com­ing pres­i­dent of Mata­mata In­ner Wheel club, a sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion to Ro­tary.

Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata pres­i­dent Graeme Guil­ford said Mrs Hunter was a very de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent of the recog­ni­tion.

‘‘San­dra has sup­ported many com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives and her sup­port of the Po­lio Plus cam­paign has gone largely un­her­alded un­til now,’’ Mr Guil­ford said.

‘‘She has been ex­traor­di­nar­ily gen­er­ous and she is an in­spi­ra­tion show­ing hu­man­ity in ac­tion.’’

Hum­bled: Brian and San­dra Hunter af­ter Mrs Hunter was pre­sented with a Paul Har­ris Fel­low award.

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