Rotary President to visit Port Macquarie projects Riseley will inspect a number of projects like Towers of Strength, Tacking Point and Rotary Lodge serving the community during his stopover.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley will visit Port Macquarie (New South Wales, Australia) on July 31.

Riseley is expected to inspect a number of Rotary projects in the city (Rotary District 9650) during the stopover.

He will visit Town Beach on Monday where he will inspect the Towers of Strength project.

Towers of Strength project encompasses the building of five lifeguard towers across the Hastings area.

The lifeguards now have an elevated view of the surf across five beaches, connection to emergency services, safety equipment and defibrillators.

Since the erection of the Towers of Strength there have been no further drownings whilst the towers have been manned.

Riseley will then inspect the Tacking Point lighthouse, a restoration project encompassing six years of dedication including obtaining $150,000 in government grants and over 1,400 hours of volunteer work.

The site has become a signature landmark in the region’s cultural and tourism destinations.

His final stop is Rotary Lodge where he will be involved in a tree planting ceremony and unveil a plaque.

Rotary Lodge project built accommodation facilities for family and friends of patients undergoing cancer treatment, who need convenient and affordable accommodation.

The facility offers 34 motel style units with a property value of $2.2 million.

The majority of funds raised to enable this local project to benefit the Hastings community were fundraised through a series of staged projects spanning 20 years of commitment and dedication from local Rotary members.

As the newly elected president, Riseley leads Rotary’s humanitarian efforts across the globe which encompasses some 1.2 million members, across over 35,600 clubs spanning 220 countries.

Over $70 million is allocated each year to fund global Rotary projects that give priority to promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Riseley was a catalyst in the ground up transformation for Rotary to include women members in the early 1980s.

He lives in Moorooduc, Victoria, a rural township in the heart of Australia’s finest wine country.

Source: Macquarie Port News 

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