Accolades for Rotary support
ROTARY Down Under associate editor Mark Wallace rates the $200,000 Rotary club of Stanthorpe donation towards the $8.3 million Villa Carramar up there with some of the biggest he had heard of on a per-capita basis in Australia.
To understand the enormity of the Stanthorpe donation, Mr Wallace said his Rotary District (9680) in Sydney, which comprised 65 clubs, had raised $142,000 for shelter boxes for earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile during the past two months.
“The $200,000 is a massive donation for a club for any project, let alone a local project,” Mr Wallace said.
Rotary Club of Stanthorpe president Alec Harslett said a trust fund for Carramar was set up by his club after a donation of $42,000 from the estate of the late Alex Jones.
The trust fund was boosted to $200,000 by major Rotary fundraising activities, including Opera in the Vineyards, Jazz in the Vineyard and starting last year the Local Legends in the Lavender.
Mr Harslett estimates that about half of the money donated by his club in the past five years had gone to the trust fund for Villa Carramar.
This year, the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe has also purchased four shelter boxes at a total cost of $4800 to support earthquake victims.
The $8.3 million Villa Carramar project in Alice Street, near the Stanthorpe Golf Club, is for a 37-bed facility, 25 high-care and 12 ageing-in-place beds.
The current Carramar facility on the southern side of Stanthorpe has 63 beds. The 12 ageing-in-place beds at the new facility will be filled by current residents of Carramar.
Carramar director of care and administration Val Taylor said the cost of furnishings and fit out of Villa Carramar was about $500,000, so it was easy to see how the $200,000 fromRotary would help.
“We haven’t targeted any- thing in particular with theRotary donation, but the club will have input and the chance to name a certain area of thefacility,” Ms Taylor said.
“Building is going well at Villa Carramar, which is already at lock-up stage. We are hoping it will be open in July.”
Only 88 beds in total are funded (by government).”
25 high care
12 ageing in place beds
Total cost $8.3 million
Government subsidy - Nil