Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise

10th October 2023

Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I would like to acknowledge and thank members of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise for the wonderful work they do for the Lake Macquarie community and so many people in need. Recently members raised $12,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation by hosting a family friendly Pig Day Out at the Toronto Hotel. The event attracted hundreds of residents, who came together to watch the seven piglets compete in five races. One of the club members son's, 46-year-old Thomas Gwalter died earlier this year from brain cancer. Tom received incredible support from the Mark Hughes Foundation during his battle with the disease, and the club wanted to return the favour by raising some much-needed funds. The Club supports the community in so many ways, this year alone members have held fundraisers for flood victims in the Central West NSW and the Riverina, the Garden of Hope located in a Shariya Refugee camp in Northern Iraq, and NOVA for women and children. They also sponsored the Heaven Can Wait Charity Dinner and a therapy dog called Monty who brings joy to hospital patients. I once again thank members of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise for all that they do.

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