Salamander Bay Rotary raises $5000 on International Women's Day

Women fleeing violent home lives have found a renewed wave of support with two substantial donations to crisis support in a week.

Salamander Bay Rotary announced on Wednesday it had raised $5000 at its International Women’s Day luncheon, held last Friday, a large portion going to Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services.

“We’re leaving it up to PFANS, how they spend the money, but it’s great to see this service support women not only in Raymond Terrace but on the Tomaree Peninsula too,” Salamander Bay Rotary past president Janelle Upton said.

“This money can really help women re-establish themselves in the community.”

The money was raised from ticket sales to the event as well as raffles on the day.

The Rotary club will direct some of the funds to Save the Kula Babies, and Papua New Guinea program for family planning.

Port Stephens local area commander Chris Craner was a special guest at the luncheon – an outspoken supporter for crisis support.

“Everyone was in awe of him,” Mrs Upton said.