Fun club takes pride in its stride

Kaileen Casey, Margarita Rickard (President), Tori Anderson (Conference speaker), Simone Wong, Brenda, Anne Egan, Judy Parker (seated)
Kaileen Casey, Margarita Rickard (President), Tori Anderson (Conference speaker), Simone Wong, Brenda, Anne Egan, Judy Parker (seated) supplied

MOUNT Warning and Murwillumbah's "fun club" has been rewarded for its enthusiastic service to the local and international community.

Otherwise known as the area's Rotary Club, its president-elect Simone Wong said it received community service, international service and changemaker awards at its April district conference.

"Which slated them as the number one club in the district with 25 members or more," Mrs Wong said.

"The changemaker award asked clubs to meet a minimum number of projects or requirements in categories including youth and community service.

"With 34 possible projects, and a minimum number of 13 required within the period of July 1 2011 and March 30 our club was able to meet 20 of these.

"We were also given the dubious honour of being the noisiest and most fun club."

Locally the club has provided $500 for a performing arts prize, conducted Murwillumbah Collectors Fair fundraising to benefit palliative care and continually sponsored homeless support group You Have a Friend.

Mrs Wong said during 2011 the club raised $1500 for palliative care alone.

"Nationally, the support has included raising over $7000 for the 2011 flood victims

"Internationally they have raised money to build a medical centre in Nepal as well as ongoing support for a school there.

"In total, the club will have completed around 44 projects in 2011-2012.

"This is all in addition to the ongoing support for Rotary International's most important goal - the total eradication of polio."

She said members holding the three awards were pictured with an "amazing woman", Tori Anderson, who is just about to release a documentary about the child sex trade overseas.

"(she is an) incredible young girl, and just one of a host of inspiring people we heard speak at the conference this year, including rugby legend John Eales.

"The conference was attended by over 600 people with representations from clubs in Boonah, Stanthorpe, Grafton, Gold Coast, Byron and Ballina, to name a few."

The president-elect explained the club was nationally and locally known as the fun club because it blended its service with friendship.

"The club is proof that not all service clubs are made up of elderly rich gentlemen," Mrs Wong said.

"The club welcomes new members who wish to serve the local and wider communities in a spirit of fun and friendship."

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