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President of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond Dave Harmon handing over the baton to Byron Rotary Cub Club President Dave Dwyer. Photo supplied.

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is ‘Rotary says no to domestic violence’.

COVID concerns saw the postponement of the full Byron Bay event (originally scheduled for April 11) in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre’s Women’s Resource Service.

$10,000 to help DV victims

Members of the Byron Rotary Club were still keen to mark the occasion by presenting a $10,000 cheque to the Women’s Resource Service’s ‘Stop Violence Stay Home’ program in support of local families struggling through the impacts of domestic violence.

Byron Rotary Club President Dave Dwyer said, ‘We have always supported local causes through the generous donations made to the club at the Farmers Markets and other events, especially families in crisis.’

$10,000 cheque presented to Women’s Resource Centre. Photo supplied.

He said club members were devastated to learn how many families the Women’s Resource Service were supporting at any one time.

‘Homes should be the safest place in the world and if our 100th birthday can be used to make a stand against family violence and help the amazing team at the Women’s Resource Service help even more families, what better way to mark our long history of service?’

My Dwyer said the full event would be postponed until later in the year. It is likely to involve a sausage sizzle along with entertainment and speakers on the DV issue, including a circle for young people wanting to talk safely about the topic with peers and experts.

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