Members of Hastings Rotaract head to Sydney to get inspired to help

INSPIRED: Natalie Schmitzer, Harley Lindley, Ashleigh Kiem, Ben Clarke and Wiphaphorn Jiaoram at the conference in Sydney.
INSPIRED: Natalie Schmitzer, Harley Lindley, Ashleigh Kiem, Ben Clarke and Wiphaphorn Jiaoram at the conference in Sydney.

The newly formed Hastings Rotaract club have been busy since their official charter in August 2017, with five members attending the National Australian Rotaract Conference in Sydney on October 21-22.

The weekend conference was attended by young people from all over Australia and Hastings Rotaract members Natalie Schmitzer and Ben Clarke said it was an inspirational weekend.

“We are a really new club, officially we have only been operating since August, so for a number of our members to be able to go to the conference and meet Rotaract members from all over the country was really great,” Miss Schmitzer said.

“We were able to make connections with clubs all over the country and it was a good opportunity to learn about what resources are available to us as Rotaract members,” she said.

All the Rotaract members who attended, said the conference has made them more determined to go out and help the Hastings community.

“Coming together with so many young people, and listening to some really incredible and inspirational people really sparked something in us, and we have come away with a deep motivation to help and do some good in the area,” Mr Clarke said.

“We listened to speakers who said and have proven the sky isn’t the limit, and it has really make us think about all the things we can do as a club in the region,” he said.

In the short time Hastings Rotaract has been operating, they have helped achieve a number of initiatives including raising some funds for the Orange Sky Laundry Van as well as defibrillators in the area.

“As we are a new club we are looking for young people aged 18-30 to become Rotaract members so that we can really expand our club and help out with a number of new projects in the Hastings,” Mr Clarke said.