Aus­tralian guests give in­spir­ing visit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

VIS­I­TORS from Down Un­der brought a dose of sun­shine to the city.

The Aussies, from the sun-drenched Gold Coast re­gion just south of Bris­bane, came to Peter­bor­ough as part of an Aus­tralian Friend­ship Ex­change or­gan­ised by Ro­tary clubs.

Around 70 guests from the Ro­tary Club of Peter­bor­ough lis­tened to a pre­sen­ta­tion about life in Oz and were amazed by the events that Aus­tralian Ro­tar­i­ans put on to sup­port their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing opera in the vine­yard, bar­be­cues and their own Sail­abil­ity pro­gramme for the dis­abled – sim­i­lar to the one run at Ferry Mead­ows.

Then it was the turn of the Peter­bor­ough Ro­tar­i­ans to give a colour­ful talk on the Fire­work Fi­esta, which the club helps to or­gan­ise in Novem­ber. Mar­cus Hor­rell, whose late fa­ther helped found the show in 1975, re­vealed how the event has raised more than £250,000 in the last 20 years for lo­cal char­i­ties.

Chair­man of Fire­work Fi­esta, John Hill pre­sented cheques to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Peter­bor­ough char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ing from these funds who had been in­vited along to share in the cel­e­bra­tions. These in­cluded Hos­pi­tal at Home, Hunt­ing­don and Peter­bor­ough MS Ther­apy Cen­tre and Parkin­son’s So­ci­ety.

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