MEDIA RELEASE   27/2/18                                          


Rotary recognises outstanding community service to those most in need

Each night an army of volunteers take to the streets of Perth offering help to those most in need. In many cases the need is for shelter, food, clothing , medical attention – or simply someone prepared to sit down and listen to their story. Often it’s an individual or organisation offering a lifeline to these desperate people, but rarely do they get acknowledged for their humanitarian efforts.
Next month the Rotary Clubs of Crawley and Perth will launch One In A Million, a major fund raising event which aims to give these unsung heroes of the night the recognition they deserve.
“The primary focus is to recognise an individual whose outstanding service to the community displays Rotary’s service-above-self values,” said Crawley Club President Dr Jaap Poll. “This person will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, named in honour of the founder of Rotary International. The secondary focus will be to raise funds for a nominated charity working with Perth’s homeless.”
Rotary Club of Perth President Stephen Inouye said Rotary had been a world leader in conducting programs for individuals and communities in need.
“Many WA clubs are involved in multiple projects here and abroad including Tabitha Australia, Windows of the World, Passages, Path of Hope and Street Doctor,” he said. “This winter for instance, Stitches of Hope will be handing out hundreds of sleeping bags to Perth’s homeless victims sleeping in parks and on the streets.”
One In A Million will be held on March 22 at the University Club of UWA with a number of high profile dignitaries attending including  former WA Governor Ken Michael.
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