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Rotary club’s efforts awarded

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July 20, 2017

Tatura Rotary Club president Simon Pogue, Rotarian Bill Purcell and Assistant District Governor April Halliday.

The Tatura Rotary Club has been awarded Club of the Year in its district for its support of White Ribbon Day, raising awareness for domestic violence.

District 9790 presented the District Governor’s citation at the recently held changeover meeting at Hill Top Golf and Country Club.

Tatura Rotary Club president Simon Pogue accepted the award from Assistant Governor April Halliday, acting on behalf of the District Governor.

‘‘White Ribbon Day is about creating awareness that family violence is not okay,’’ Mr Pogue said.

‘‘It’s an insidious disease that needs to be stamped out.’’

In November last year, the club designed and purchased six town flags proudly flown for two weeks in Hogan St to coincide with White Ribbon Day.

Tatura Rotary Club member Bill Purcell, who was integral in the flag project, said District Governor Tony Bramley visited the club on his annual visit last November.

‘‘He was so impressed with the impact and awareness that the flags created, he invited the club to showcase the idea at the Rotary Conference held in Shepparton in March this year,’’ he said.

The flags were prominently displayed on either side of the main stage during the conference, and Mr Pogue gave a stirring address to the conference delegates.

‘‘The club also manned an information booth during the three-day conference where they heard of incidents spoken about by people reinforced how prevalent the issue is in our society and how important it is to raise awareness and bring about change,’’ Mr Purcell said.

Mr Purcell said it was hoped other Rotary clubs and towns would follow the Tatura Rotary Club’s lead in raising awareness about family violence.

‘‘The flags will be flown every year around White Ribbon Day,’’ he said.

‘‘Thanks to the Shepparton Greater City Council for their support.’’

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