Rotary honours polio campaigner
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.