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We're in the news! (Warrandyte Diary)

We're in the news! (Warrandyte Diary)

The Warrandyte Diary just published an article on our Australia Day Community Lunch, as well as the late Margaret Cunningham's OAM Australia Day award.

Warrandyte Diary, March 2021 Issue

THE ROTARY CLUBS of Templestowe, Warrandyte Donvale, and Manningham Rotaract organised an Australia Day lunch at Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel.

They received a grant from the National Australia Day Council to help run the event, enabling representatives and clients of community groups to join them as guests.  The event was organised to recognise the contribution of community groups in our area, to show respect for all Australians, to unite Australians, and to celebrate what it is to be an Australian.

Invitees enjoyed a two-course meal and some wonderful entertainment from the Rosewood Trio, along with some video linkage to Rotary guest speakers and additional entertainment from notable Australians such as Marina Prior. The event was a huge success with 159 people joining in the celebration, 105 from community groups and 54 Rotarians and partners.

Local Rotary groups wish to thank the following community groups for attending the lunch: Communities Council on Ethnic Issues, Connecting Manningham, Days for Girls Doncaster, Doncaster RSL, Manningham Neighbourhood Watch, Manningham U3A, REAL Inc, St Marks Church Templestowe, St Timothy’s Anglican Church Bulleen, St Vincent de Paul’s Doncaster, Warrandyte Neighbourhood House, and Women’s Friendship Group.

It was also announced that the late Margaret Cunningham, wife of Rotarian James Cunningham, received a posthumous OAM for her work with women and girls – specifically the Days for Girls program. Margaret was well known to the Rotary community and her award is well deserved.

Rotary is extremely grateful to the Australia Day Council for sponsoring the event, which enabled them to recognise so many amazing people in our community, and also to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.