Disaster fund helps two Port Lincoln clubs

SUPPORTIVE: Tony Stockham and Geoff Rayson (Rotary Club of Port Lincoln) with Teena Waters and Candii Rowett (Port Lincoln Pony Club) and Garry Downey (Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation).
SUPPORTIVE: Tony Stockham and Geoff Rayson (Rotary Club of Port Lincoln) with Teena Waters and Candii Rowett (Port Lincoln Pony Club) and Garry Downey (Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation).

Two local clubs affected by the Duck Ponds Bushfire in November have received support from a local disaster fund to assist with their recovery.

Port Lincoln Pony Club and the Port Lincoln Sporting Car Club will each receive $1500 from the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln Disaster Fund.

The pony club will put the funds towards replacing fencing and equipment while the sporting car club will install a defibrillator on site.

Pony club representative Candii Rowett said they were appreciative of the donation and thanked the Rotary Club and the foundation, as well as everyone who donated to the fund.

"Our pony club anticipates being up and running for the August rally," she said.

"This certainly has been a long process, but we are eagerly working with our trades to get everything back up and running as quick as we possibly can, and hope to bring a bigger and better pony club and attract lots of new members, both young and old, who are wanting to build their confidence in horsemanship, riding and care."

Sporting car club president Damien Taylor said they wanted to improve safety for all participants, whether they are drivers, support teams, club officials or families and visitors with the new defibrillator.

"We were really pleased to receive Rotary and the foundation support for this project, especially after the losses we had from the 2019 fire," he said.

Started by the Rotary Club and held by the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation, the fund was created in 2012 to support Eyre Peninsula residents following natural disasters.

Rotary Club president Geoff Rayson said it was rewarding to assist organisations through the fund.

"It is wonderful to see these continuing benefits flowing to groups in our community when a natural disaster causes damage to their facilities and could have restricted their operations and activities," he said.

Foundation chairperson Garry Downey said the clubs' ongoing work for the community was outstanding and this support would help them continue to their work.

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