|The official checque presentation of the 2017 Riverina BMW Food and Wine Festival took place Tuesday afternoon at Wollundry Rotary's weekly meeting. . The major beneficiary of the $40,000 this year was the Riverina Cancer Care centre. Pictured from left are: Festival Chairman Tim Barter, Wollundry Rotary President Geoff Breust, Riverina BMW Manager Steve Hodgson, Cancer Care Center Director Damien Williams and Cancer Care Board member and Former MP Joe Schipp.|
Doug Sutton from Wollundry Rotary announced the approval of a US $35,000 Rotary Global Grant to provide pig raising and fish farming to 12 villages in Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was one of the few large grants approved in the district and PDG Gary and Marilyn Roberts, the original grant applicants, are pictured above with Committee Chair Doug Sutton.
It was a long process and major success for all involved and PDG Gary and Marilyn and Doug are to be congratulated for this outstanding achievement. A complete copy of Doug's announcement to the club is printed below:
Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to provide pig raising and fish farming to 12 villages in Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, submitted by Bukavu/district-9150 and Wollundry-Wagga Wagga/district-9700, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of $35.775.00
On Tuesday Wollundry had a vocational visit to Riverina Oils and BioEnergy (ROBE). Pictured above are Production Manager Sanjay Patil and Chief Financial Officer Scott Whiteman.
ROBE crushes and refines over 165,000 tonnes of oilseeds per year through a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, sourcing raw materials from local farms, in order to produce world-class oils and vegetable protein meals. ROBE has custom built a state-of-the-art integrated oilseed crushing and refining plant, making the project one of the largest value-added investments in the Agri-Food processing sector in regional Australia in the last 5 years.
|Pictures are members in the first group taking the short tour.|
Sanjay informs members of the systems automation of the plant. The main processing facilities encompass 4 large buildings containing automated systems running 24/7 turning seeds into pure oil, with only 4 staff overseeing the process.
The oils that are the finished product are transported in bulk containers within a large plastic bladder. Laurie Blowes looks on.
Assisting members in the tour were Stephanie Turk and Caitlin Rynehart.
The official launch of the 2017 Riverina BMW Food and Wine Festival took place Monday afternoon at Riverina BMW showrooms. The selection of the major beneficiary has been completed, and this year Wollundry will be supporting the Riverina Cancer Care centre. Pictures from left are: Festival Chairman Tim Barter, Riverina BMW Manager Steve Hodgson Former MP Joe Schipp, from Damasa Pty Ltd Danial Donebus, Cancer Care Center Director Damien Williams, Wollundry Rotary President Geoff Breust. Other Wollundry Rotarians in attendance were Tim McMullen, Doug Conkey, Bob Willis, David Byfield Paul Milde, David Hodge and Paul Murray. Photo by Tim McMullen.
The centre opened in 2002, and was supported by Wollundry Rotary in its initial fundraising phase. It can no longer meet the requirements of all patients needing cancer treatments, and will effectively double in size.