Ro­tary Clubs com­bine to help lo­cal farm­ers

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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.

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