Making a difference

Rotary Club of Smithton president Jodie Hampson is prepping for the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Event. Rotary International is this year following the theme of Making a Difference. 

With this in mind, the Rotary Club of Smithton aims to make an impact on a local, national and international level. 

In the past, the club has supported local students Kurtis Maher and Callum Poke in attending the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra, hosted Rotary Youth Exchange student Thiago Kanda of Sao Paulo, Brazil, supported local Tianna Marshall who is currently on exchange in Switzerland and donated books to local early childhood providers to enhance literacy outcomes. 

The club now looks ahead to supporting Fletcher Nicholls and Jordan Ainslie when they embark on a journey aboard the Windeward Bound next month.

The club will host an auction later this month with all profits to go back into the community to support ongoing projects. 

The fundraising event promises an evening of entertainment and high stakes with more than 50 items going under the hammer. 

Among the many prizes to be auctioned off, big ticket items include a tour of Robbins Island for four people including a Robbins Island Wagyu Beef barbecue, high tea for two at Hadley’s Hotel in Hobart, and a Pennicott Cruise for two off Bruny or Tasman islands. 

Club president Jodie Hampson says, “I would love the public to attend this event as all money raised will help the club to be able to continue in supporting projects within the district and worldwide – Rotary makes a difference!”

The auction will be held on Saturday May 19 at the Woolnorth Shearing Shed from 6pm. Cost is $25 and includes a meal. Beverages will be on hand for purchase and a bus service will be available from Smithton for $5 per person. For more information or to confirm your attendance by tomorrow (Friday May 11) contact Jodie Hampson on 0429 090 829 or Laura Dabner on 0408 575 246. 

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