Fundraising efforts have taken off this year with locals in our community rallying together to support the Rotary Splash Pad Project. Mission Possible is a group of locals who are passionate about seeing the Splash Pad Project come to fruition. The start of the year has seen a fundraiser at our local school for the kids, showing the movie "Frozen" which was a great success, followed by the team entering in the Great Wheelbarrow Race. After 8 weeks of training and fundraising the group donated just under $4000 to the Splash Pad Project. What an inspiring and dedicated group who are committed to community service! The Splash Pad Project will be implemented in stages as funding becomes available. Currently over $310,000 has now been raised through donations and pledges. Working drawings have now been completed and can be viewed at www.rotarymb.org
. Don't forget to throw your loose coin in the Money Spinner which is located in the Woolworths Foyer.
WALK & RIDE MAP:
Another major milestone achieved by Rotary this year is the up dated and to scale Walk & Ride Map. The original concept was put to the club from visiting Rotarian Rodger Haebich and with support from our local Rotarian Tom Brown, the project came to fruition in April. The map has now been distributed to local businesses throughout our area and can also be obtained from the Mission Beach Business and Tourism office on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. If you are interested in advertising in the map next year, then send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for advertising. Thank you to all the local businesses who have supported this project.
CUTTEN BROS TRACK UPDATE:
Interactive signs have now arrived and are ready to be erected along the Cutten Bros track. Prior to the upgrade of the track by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, local Rotarians had several working bees to clear the track, install seating and bar-b-que tables. The sponsored signs will feature local flora and fauna, indigenous heritage and local history and geology.
DESTINATION - EDUCATION HOUSE EAST TIMOR
Local Rotarians came together for a working bee to pack and stack 6 pallets of boxes which are destined for Education House in East Timor. Susanna Pearson has been collecting donations over the past 18 months and during this time Rotary Mission Beach has assisted with palleting up and twice transporting the donations to Townsville. Our local hardware store - Betta Timbers has provided the truck and manpower to transport the pallets to Townsville, where they will be loaded onto a shipping container and transported to East Timor. Great effort by the Rotarian team under unfavourable weather conditions!
Throughout the year Rotary holds many combined meetings and in April this year the local Rotary clubs from Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail met at the El Arish Pub for a social dinner and trivia night.
Our club recently welcomed it's newest member, Ethan Hillery. Ethan is currently studying his Certificate III in Business Administration and spends his spare time volunteering and also fits in a song or two in the local choir at Mission Arts. Ethan is pictured with club members Ron Taylor and current President Chris May. Rotary needs new members who are keen to make a difference in our community, if you are interested then please contact the club by emailing us at email@example.com or give us a call on 4068 7220.
YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM (YEP)
Rotary Mission Beach is again involved in the Youth Exchange Program with local Tully High School student Brendan Barrett being accepted into the Program. A condition of Brendan's acceptance into the 12 month program is that an overseas student has to be accommodated in this area for the 12 months whilst Brendan is overseas. Brendan's family will accommodate the incoming student for part of the year and the remaining time will be spent with 2 other local families in our area.
The markets are Rotaries major fundraising efforts for the year and our club has now taken over running the market at Porter Promenade, Mission Beach. This market is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month and Easter saw the Monster Markets kick off to a flying start with spectacular weather and over 130 stalls on display. Held on the last Sunday of every month between April and December you will find everything from locally grown fruit and vegies, piping hot coffee, handmade art and craft items, plants, seafood, trinkets and bric-a-brac and there's even entertainment for the kids!
BOOKINGS: Phone 4068 7220 during business hours
CAR WASH: Saturday 31st May saw our club down at the Woolworths/Caltex service station raising money for the club by holding a car wash and sausage sizzle. I'm told that over 50 cars where washed on the day and the smell of sausages on the barby was driving our volunteers crazy! Just under $500 was raised on the day and huge thank you goes out to the organiser and all the volunteers who made this such a successful event!
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