June 21, 2016
The “Sky’s The Limit” Charity Ball held at Kingaroy Town Hall last month raised an amazing $43,976.66 for the RACQ CareFlight helicopter rescue service.
The ball was organised by Kingaroy Rotary Club in conjunction with Kingaroy Police.
A cheque was presented to CareFlight representative Jodi Durkin at the Kingaroy Rotary Club’s changeover dinner held at SBcare in Kingaroy on Monday night.
“Wow, comes to mind,” Jodi said as she accepted the cheque from Constable Samantha Giles.
“Thank you to Kingaroy Rotary and Kingaroy Police for making it happen!”
Jodi said about 1500 missions were flown from CareFlight’s Sunshine Coast hangar every year, with many of these coming into the South Burnett.
She presented ‘thank you’ certificates, and a photo of one of CareFlight’s new AgustaWestland 139 twin-engine helicopters, to Rotary, Kingaroy Police, and chef Eddie McGregor who worked alongside Sergeant Wayne Bushell in the kitchen.
Sgt Bushell, who is also a member of Rotary, was the driving force behind the fundraiser as well as one of the main chefs preparing the 350 or so meals at the ball.
Another highlight of Kingaroy Rotary’s changeover night was the naming of five new Paul Harris Fellows, the highest honour that a Rotary Club can bestow on a member of the community.
It honours Rotary founder and Chicago lawyer Paul Harris who began the movement in 1905. Paul Harris Fellows must meet high professional and personal standards. The award is not limited to Rotarians.
The five new Fellows were:
Guest speaker on the night was Past District Governor and District chairman of the Rotary Foundation, Eric Wood, who spoke about Rotary’s international project, “PolioPlus”, which aims to eradicate polio.
When Rotary began the campaign 30 years ago, 1000 children were diagnosed with polio every day throughout the world; so far in 2016 there have been only 17 children diagnosed – 11 in Pakistan and six in Afghanistan.
“We are THIS close to eliminating polio,” he said.
The evening concluded with the installation of the new Club president for 2016-17 and his incoming committee.
District 9600 Governor John Leddy presented the chains of office to Wayne Bushell, who then introduced his committee: Vice-President Val Hooper (the outgoing 2015-16 president), Secretary Kat Butcher, Treasurer Jeff Castledine and Directors Ray Pitt, Patrick Eeles, Neil Black and Alex Hall.