The Awards were initiated by Kenmore Rotary but supported by Toowong, Paddington and Karana Downs Rotary Clubs in conjunction with a number of local businesses including Centenary Landscaping, Pullenvale Market and The Local Bulletin.
More than 100 people, comprising representatives of local community groups, sponsors, Local and State Government Members and Rotary attended the presentation of awards at the Kenmore Function Centre. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Kenmore Rotary President, Dr. Martin Grabert said he was proud of the way Rotary had worked with local groups to create something very unique and special in the community. “This is what the Rotary motto of ‘serving our community’ is all about. I am encouraged by the number of local community groups that embraced this initiative and sought to either establish new or enhance existing projects to provide lasting change and benefits to the community they serve, “Dr. Grabert said.
Kenmore Rotary initially set aside $10,000 for funding for these awards. However, the total funds pool grew to more than $25,000 thanks largely to the efforts of President-elect, Stuart Stoddart who brought on board other local Rotary clubs and local businesses. Mr. Stoddart said the initial funding set aside by Kenmore Rotary was generated from two sources, firstly as a result of its container recycling programme. “Through the establishment of collection sites at Pullenvale Market and eWaste Collection and a number of other bins at churches and shops, more than 60,000 containers had been collected and redeemed and secondly from its Christmas Trailer Raffle proceeds that the local community has supported so well at Kenmore Village and Plaza. “So much so, that after ‘Lasting Changes’ Awards were announced in May, applications were received from 20 local groups seeking funding totalling $45,000 “ Mr. Stoddart said.
A selection panel comprising representatives from Rotary, sponsors and local businesses undertook a detailed assessment before arriving at the following winners:
Click on the winners images to reveal their awarded projects
$1,000 donated and presented by Paddington Rotary and $1,000 donated and presented by Toowong Rotary for tools and urgently needed equipment,
$2,500 donated and presented by Centenary Landscaping and $2,500 donated by Kenmore Rotary for an enhanced play area integrated with vegetable beds
$5,000 donated by Kenmore Rotary and presented by Dr. Christian Rowan MP, Member for Moggill for a new artificial parade ground
$2,500 donated and presented by Centenary Landscaping and $1,100 donated and presented by Karana Downs Rotary for the improvement of facilities which are used by the local community out of school hours
$1,900 donated and presented by Karana Downs Rotary for new jump barriers
$2,700 donated by Kenmore Rotary and presented by Cr. Kate Richards, Pullenvale Ward Councillor for two paved areas for disabled parking
$1,200 donated and presented by Barry Searle (Local Bulletin) and three anonymous donors for a fridge and other equipment for their room to allow enhanced community services
$3,000 donated and presented by Kenmore Rotary for helping integrate young people from a refugee background into society by connecting them with sport
$1,200 donated by Kenmore Rotary and presented by Cr. James Mackay, Walter Taylor Ward Councillor for equipment to enable safer and more enjoyable bush walks for students