Graeme's Message, 12 March 2015

Dear Rotarians and friends,

Apologies that this week’s letter is a travel report that has a Rotary bias.

Joy and I flew to Hobart last Thursday to have a holiday break prior to the District Conference that begins next Thursday.

We spent a wonderful time enjoying "The Bruny Island Long Weekend" that combined walking, camping, a boat cruise and good food.

Our cruise from Hobart to Bruny was with Rotarian Rob Pennicott who runs Bruny Island Cruises and is also a past National Geographic Traveller of the Year, awarded to him after he circumnavigating Australia by rubber dinghy! 

The trip was to raise funds and awareness for conservation and polio eradication. In his 101 day journey Rob raised $300K for polio eradication.

In 2011 the Pennicott Foundation was established to support:

  • Raptor and Wildlife Refuge - for the rehabilitation of injured 
  • Greening Australia - for programs restoring biodiversity and wildlife habitats across Tasmania.
  • Schools Triatholon Challenge - in association with Diabetes 

Rob was a speaker at the Albury District Conference in 2012 and features on Rotary promotional material.

There are many people in Rotary doing great things, some have a high profile like Rob, and others quietly achieve. I am very much looking forward to hearing of projects both big and small later this week at the conference.

Regards, Graeme