Rotary Clubs combine to help local farmers
Bundoora Rotary Club in Melbourne’s north has teamed up with Finley Rotary Club to donate money for local farmers struggling with drought.
Finley president Debbie Jewell said the Bundoora Club is part of District 9790 with Finley and wanted to donate money to farmers in the same district.
She said Bundoora previously sent money to the District 9790 ‘buy a bale project’.
With the help of the Finley’s St Vincent de Paul to distribute the funds, Bundoora Rotary donated $5000 and Finley Rotary also chipped in $3000 at a special presentation last week at the Country Club Hotel.
‘‘The ‘buy a bale project’ sent the money up north but Bundoora wanted the money to stay within their district,’’ Mrs Jewell said.
‘‘By going through us and St Vincent de Paul they knew it would stay local and go to families who are really struggling.
‘‘St Vincent de Paul keeps everything confidential and already know which families are struggling so we have full confidence in their excellent work.
‘‘I was a little shocked they approached us, but it’s very generous and we decided to donate as well to make it really worthwhile.
‘‘Bundoora told us they want people here to know there are some city people who know what we’re going through and we can’t fight alone.
‘‘When they were here we provided them with a tour of the area and they appreciated this help to give them a better understanding of the local situation,’’ Mrs Jewell said.
(Back, from left) Robin White, Peter Dundon, Ken Gray, Bruce Ferry, Gerry Horeman, Bundoora’s Andrew and Jane Tredwell and Ray Wilton, Bruce Atkinson, Brian Phillips and Barry Wilson; (front) Chris Kelly, Ray Hehir, Bundoora’s Janette Wilton, Keith Haidle and Debbie Jewell.