Tribute to Rotary Club of Morisset's Masketeers

14th October 2020

Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I wish to acknowledge the excellent work of the Rotary Club of Morisset's "Masketeers" who are seamlessly led by club president Margaret Johnson, Masketeer in Chief Kerry Morrissey and Chief Pattern Cutter Mike Baudinette. Since May this year, the Masketeers have made around 1000 re-useable fabric face masks which they have donated to local community groups, the elderly and other vulnerable people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Club volunteers organised working bees which have included a kindergarten class for beginners and, following public demand for their high-quality masks, also spent many hours manning pop-up stalls. One stall was recently set up at Morisset Railway Station to support the NSW Government's recommendations that commuters wear face masks while in transit. All profits from the venture have gone back into charity and community projects. This fundraising effort is also important as many of the club's traditional fundraising efforts have not been possible due to COVID-19 restrictions. I'd also like to acknowledge the efforts of Wangi Quilters who put together many of the masks. I congratulate all of the Masketeers on their efforts and commend them for their community spirit.

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