As we enter into the new financial year, it’s a time to finalise the accounts of the previous one and, while that is a tedious task for many, there is at least one aspect of it that is joyous for the Rotary Club of Orange: counting up the year’s donations.

The results are in, and they are worth celebrating.

In the 2015-16 financial year, the Club distributed over $43,000 to various projects, including $28,278 dollars to local organisations, $6,500 to national charities and $8,600 to international projects.

Immediate Past President of the Club, Don Martin, expressed his enthusiasm, “We had a great year in terms of donations, some of which were firsts for our club, such as the giving of books to the Children’s Ward at the hospital and the Rotary Health Indigenous Scholarship. Others are regular donations and events, like the CSIRO science workshops for children that we organise annually as part of our Sustainable Living Week. One of the most fun donations this year was the contribution of $3,500 to Mullion Creek Public School, to enable their robotics team to travel to the national robotics championships in Adelaide – which they promptly won. The team gave our members a performance of their winning entry; highly enjoyable and very impressive!”

This year’s President, John Mills, added, “The tangible benefits which our Club gives to the community are what make us proud to be Rotarians, and I’m confident that the Rotary Club of Orange will continue to make worthwhile contributions to the community of Orange this year. Thanks must go not only to all the hard-working members of our Club, but also to all the stallholders at our markets, to all the people who buy our raffle tickets, and to members of the public who attend our many events throughout the year.”