Rotary winner supports an end to trachoma

WINNER: David Fisher with wife Jennifer and the raffle prize at the Rotary 100 years celebrations. Picture: Henk Tobbe
WINNER: David Fisher with wife Jennifer and the raffle prize at the Rotary 100 years celebrations. Picture: Henk Tobbe

A beaming David Fisher from Medowie was the lucky recipient to win the 'End Trachoma' super raffle run by the Rotary Clubs of Nelson Bay and Salamander Bay.

The winning ticket (No 2759) was drawn during last Saturday's centenary celebrations of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand which took place at Murray's Brewery. More than 60 Rotarians and friends gathered to celebrate the milestone.

"Rotary is very grateful for the generosity of the many businesses who contributed prizes for the raffle and thank them and the people who supported the raffle most sincerely," said past district governor and Nelson Bay rotary Club member Helen Ryan.

"More than $3500 was raised and the money is to go towards the elimination of the eye disease Trachoma, which is still prevalent in Australia.

"The End Trachoma program is the national project for the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and we have been delighted to be able to contribute to the cause.

"Toiletry bags will be made for the children and sent to the schools in the Northern Territory where the need is greatest. Education is also a an essential part of the program and again Rotary is involved with that," Ms Ryan said.

Nelson Bay members continue to assist community projects and last Monday they helped students of the Anna Bay Public School plant trees. Rotarians and partners assisted some very eager students in the planting of more than 50 trees and bushes.

The club's charity golf day will be held at Nelson Bay Golf course on Friday, April 23 and proceeds will support Associate Professor Kelvin Kong's Hunter Medical Research Institute project.