There was a lot to celebrate when Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club held its International Women’s Day Breakfast at Aveo Bella Vista last Friday. A cheque for $1000 was presented to the founder of The Hills Women’s Shed, Padmini Howpage during the event and there were Rotary awards to presented to Russ Evans and His wife Jan and to Bev Jordan.

The Paul Harris Fellowship was given to Russ and Jan for the tireless work they have done as a team with ROMAC (Rotary Oceana Medical Aid for Children) over many years.

Most recently they have been responsible for Mourine Kikisia, form the Solomon Islands.

She had to stay over nine months while doctors treated a 1.5kg demoed tumour on the side of her neck.

She turned 15 during treatment which included radiation and chemotherapy.

Normally children stay a maximum of four weeks.

Russ said he and his wife were thrilled to receive the Fellowship (a second for Russ). “We really enjoy working with ROMAC,” said Russ. Mourine has now returned to school.

Club member Bev Jordan was also given a sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship for her community volunteering including the Hills Relay For Life for 15 years,, the annual Hills Relay For Life Ball and the Relay For Life Retro Disco, Bev is on the executive of the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network and on the organising committee of the Christmas in the Hills. She was a volunteer at at the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games andsupports Guide Dogs NSW and Raw Impact in Cambodia.

Durante was welcomed as the newest Norwest Sunrise Rotary member at. And Aveo Bella Vista hosted the event.

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