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Our next major fundraising event is the Berry Celtic Festival.

A great time for the whole family.

 

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Rotarian Jumps for Polio

 

Rotary Club of Berry member Ken Hutt has taken on a challenge that few would dare attempt.

 

During May 2014 Ken spent five weeks in Tibet in preparation for climbing Mount Cho Oyu – the World’s 6th highest mountain at 8201 metres which is only 600 metres short of Everest – then jumped off and paraglided to Advanced Base Camp, a 6km flight ... a feat that has only been attempted once before.

 

In his younger days, Ken was a member of the NSW Police Force – specialising in Police Rescue and the Water Police. He was also associated with Father Chris Reilly and headed to Banda Aceh as the 1st response team to the Asian Tsunami in 2004. Two years ago he climbed Kilimanjaro as part of a team representing Amnesty International.

 

This time he is motivated to raise awareness and funds for the PolioPlus Campaign. The purpose built lightweight glider he used was specially made in Germany and has a striking red canopy emblazoned with Rotary’s EndPolioNow logo.

Rotary is passionate about eradicating polio forever, and with this objective now so very close, Rotarians around the World are being encouraged to support the final push.

 

Read a full account of his flight in Cross Country magazine's article at: 

http://www.xcmag.com/2014/07/ken-hutt-paraglides-cho-oyu-for-end-polio-now-campaign/

 

To assist the EndPolioNow campaign you can donate to the following account.

The Rotary Club of Berry
National Australia Bank, Berry
BSB: 084 435
Account Number: 509515007

 

Donations will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation effectively tripling the value. “The smallest donation will make a huge difference,” says Ken.

 

For Further Information: Ken Hutt Ph 0418 205 225 or email: berryjetz@bigpond.com

Pathway Officially Opened

One of the Rotary Club’s major community projects was a pathway from Pullman Street to the David Berry Hospital which was officially opened on Saturday 8 June 2013. This community cycleway/walkway completes the link from the town to the Berry Hospital, something that has long been desired by the community.

At the opening Member for Kiama Gareth Ward handed over a cheque to go towards the cost of the finishing touches of the pathway and landscaping. The Hon. Paul Green, MLC and Former Mayor Shoalhaven City Council was also present and assisted Narelle King, President of the Rotary Club with the sinking of the time capsule.

Community members who assisted in the fundraising by purchasing pavers that have been cemented into the pathway were invited to submit the story of their family’s link to Berry and the background as to why they purchased a paver. These stories were put into a time capsule that was buried at the opening ceremony with a small plaque stating to be opened in 2063. A copy of the information is also recorded at the Berry Museum in order to assist future generations who may wish to research the history of the pathway and the various pavers.

The Rotary Club wishes to thank Shoalhaven City Council, Gareth Ward, previous State Member Matt Brown, RailCorp, Telstra, A.G Pulie Pty Ltd (who donated the concreting tools), David Berry Hospital, Turfco, the Berry Alliance, Peter Gray (concretor), everyone who purchased pavers, and all who helped to make the pathway a reality.

Rotary Club Hands Over $100,000 to the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre

On 24th August 2012 the Rotary Club of Berry-Gerringong handed a cheque for $100,000 to the then Mayor Paul Green, Chairman of the Linear Accelerator Appeal Committee.

This represents the profits from the Berry Celtic Festival that has been running for 6 years, and with this cheque, the total proceeds from the Celtic Festival given to the Cancer Care Centre amounts to $123,000. Rotarian Col Hanbridge and his wife Dorothy are the main organisers of the Celtic Festival and are shown with other dignitaries and Paul Green at the official function held to mark the cheque’s handover.  

The Berry Celtic Festival is held at the Berry Showground with spectators being entertained by pipe bands, highland warriors, Celtic singers and dancers. There are also many clans and societies present, together with stalls selling Celtic food and merchandise.

The event is a major contribution to the Shoalhaven and Berry in particular, both for its cash input into the local economy and for showcasing Celtic culture.