It was a day with a difference to make a difference.
Nelson Bay Rotary held an event on 29th October in a beautiful venue overlooking the pristine sparkling waters of Port Stephens.
It was called the Rotary Long Lunch, a day of fun, delicious food, Hunter Valley wines and cheese and fellowship with friends. One hundred and ninety-one people had a wonderful day and they all came to enjoy themselves but at the same time, they came to support a much needed cause on the Tomaree Peninsula — housing for women affected by domestic and family violence.
The Club had great support from sponsors who readily offered their donations on learning about the benefactors and the need. The major sponsor was the Daracon Group, a Hunter Valley civil engineering company, who support their local community on a regular basis.
The Port Stephens Women’s Crisis and Support Group, the benefactors from the Lunch, worked with Rotary at many levels to make the day a success and the local Police also contributed with police officers attending the Lunch and the LAC Commander spoke about the reality of the need.
Once enough money is raised to begin, our local police will be assisting in construction, as well as volunteer trades people.
The local caterers and suppliers all contributed to the Lunch by lowering costs and the local Tomaree High School Hospitality department did a superb job with great food and service, also volunteering their time in the weekend.
Due to some very generous donations from our guests and sponsors Nelson Bay Rotary raised $35,139.38. Fortunately, with this money to add to their plan, Port Stephens Women’s Crisis and Support Group were going to now begin building before Christmas!