Eurobodalla’s three Rotary Clubs met together last week to celebrate the 113th birthday of Rotary International and to make donations to the Shire’s four Surf Life Saving Clubs. The donations were the proceeds of the Rotary Christmas Race Day on 24 December.
Race Day Committee chairman David Ashford said this was the fifth Rotary Race Day, having in previous years supported the Oncology Unit at Moruya Hospital and installing 12 defibrillators across the shire.
‘This time we supported Batemans Bay, Broulee, Moruya Heads and Narooma Surf Clubs,’ he said.
‘As a result of our fundraising and the terrific support of Moruya Jockey Club, we’re donating $3,000 to each of the four Surf Clubs, a total of $12,000.
‘We know the Clubs will put these funds to good use supporting the terrific voluntary work they do each swimming season.’
Mr Asford paid tribute to Moruya Jockey Club, to the ongoing enthusiasm and hard work of the Race Day committee, and to the willing volunteers from the surf clubs, Rotarians, partners and friends.
He also thanked the raffle (Mitre 10 Moruya, Travel Team, Moruya Jockey Club and Bunnings) and race sponsors.
‘We cannot complete these events without everyone’s help and support,’ he said.
Moruya Jockey Club President Peter Atkinson said the Club had just been named the TAB Regional Club of the Year, with one criteria being its community involvement through events such as the Rotary Race Day.
Three students selected for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Brisbane in January also spoke about their ‘life-changing’ experiences at this two-week residential program designed to encourage young people in their passion for science.
Rotarians helped establish NYSF (then known as the National Science Summer School) 35 years ago, and continue to play a key role in selecting suitable students for it.
Today, Rotary clubs around Australia continue to play a key role in supporting the NYSF in delivering its mission, by conducting selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program.
Above; At the presentation of donations from the Rotary Moruya Race Day were Surf Club representatives Colin Knight (Batemans Bay), front left, Alan Veness (Broulee) and Ava Weymans (Moruya), Moruya Jockey Club President Peter Atkinson, Batemans Bay Rotary President Maureen Manning, and Graeme Spicer (Narooma Surf Club); Race Day Committee chairman David Ashford, back left, Rotary Presidents Mike Dent (Moruya) and Bob Aston (Narooma).
Above:Three past Rotary District Governors cut the cake to celebrate Rotary International’s 113th birthday – Maureen Manning, left, Joe Scorer and Phil Armstrong.
Above; These three students, selected from the Eurobodalla Shire - Nicholas Goddard, Chelsea Rowley and Matthew Henry all from Moruya High – spoke glowingly of their recent experience at the National Youth Science Forum.