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Rotary community ‘putts’ its money where it matters

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Maitland’s Rotary community “putt” its money where it mattered after a recent golf day raised big dollars for the Maitland HealthStays Project.

The not-for-profit venture – which provides comfortable and safe accommodation for outpatients of Maitland Hospital and the surrounding health precinct, as well as families and friends supporting their loved ones – secured almost $28,000, thanks to a collaborative effort.

Working together, five Rotary clubs in Maitland (East Maitland, Greenhills Maitland, Maitland, Maitland Sunrise and Rutherford Telarah), along with Maitland Rotaract, staged their annual Rotary Golf Day at the East Maitland Golf Club.

And, in 2024, the yearly fundraiser amassed $27,700.

East Maitland Rotary Club president Adrian Roach presents a cheque to Maitland HealthStays chair Trevor Lynch.

“Each year, this popular event raises much-needed funds for projects in our community,” Rotary Club of Maitland Sunrise’s Maryka Gibson said.

“This time around, we focused on raising money for the Maitland HealthStays accommodation scheme.

“It’s really important because it will provide economical, safe and accessible lodgings for patients, and their families and carers, who come from outlying rural and regional areas, to Maitland, to receive medical treatments and health services.”

Representatives from the participating Rotary clubs were on hand to present the cheque to a delighted Maitland HealthStays Accommodation Committee chair Trevor Lynch.

“This project is so vital for our local community,” he explained.

“But, it’s critical for people who live in more rural and remote areas, who need to access to treatment.

“We are so grateful to everyone who contributed their time and money to make this vital project a reality.

“Nearly $28,000 is an outstanding achievement.”

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