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Wonboyn cemetery fence replaced by Rotary volunteers

Volunteers measuring and building the fence at Wonboyn cemetery.

Members of the Rotary Club of Merimbula measuring and building the fence at the entrance to Wonboyn cemetery.

15 May 2020

A group of hard-working volunteers from the Rotary Club of Merimbula replaced the fence at the entrance to Wonboyn cemetery in time for Mother’s Day this year.

As we head into National Volunteer Week – 18 to 24 May - the dedication of Merimbula Rotary’s productive band of volunteers is just one of many great examples of community strength our Valley’s volunteers show time after time.

The original fence was damaged beyond repair when the summer bushfires swept through the area in early January, with the cemetery cordoned off since then with just safety netting.

“This project was a collaboration with Bega Valley Shire Council and Rotary,” Acting Cemetery and Hall Officer, Katrina Berenguer said.

“Rotary saw the need to get involved and replace the fence as quickly as possible; particularly before Mother’s Day.

“These amazing volunteers went above and beyond to help with the repairs, and the new fence is so much better than the old one.

“These guys are wonderful to work with and we are very grateful for what they have done.”

This week these extraordinary guys are building a new cemetery gate and entrance for Quaama.

Two other projects in the pipeline for Rotary are building a pavilion and barbecue area at Kiah (while the hall is being rebuilt) and repairing Wandella’s undercover barbecue area and external toilet facilities.

During National Volunteer Week we’ll be celebrating the incredible contribution volunteers make at the heart of our community. We can’t give them a hug or shake hands their hands right now, but we can give them a massive shout out online.

To do that we’ve created a virtual Thank You card on our website where you can write as much or as little as you like, to pay tribute to a volunteer or group of volunteers. You can find the card here:

Be part of the celebration by sharing photos of your favourite volunteering moments on social media with the hashtags #thankyouBVSvolunteers and #NVW2020

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