Rotary rewards contributors

19:50, Aug 03 2014

Three South Cantabrians have been awarded for their community service.

Tony Bunting, Bryan Blanchard and Douglas Lawrie received Paul Harris Fellow Awards from the Rotary Club of Timaru South.

The award is named after the founder of Rotary international and is given to non-Rotarians who have made contributions to their communities and local Rotary clubs.

Bunting received his award for his contribution to Rotary events and his involvement and interest in youth activities.

He is a school counsellor at Timaru Boys' High School, chairman of The Christian School and board chairman of the Claremont recovery centre.

For the Rotary Club of Timaru South, Bunting has been the presenter and co-director of the annual Carols By Candlelight programme for 11 years.


"He is a very popular presenter, the club is very grateful for his input to the important community occasion," a club spokesperson said.

Blanchard received his award for his volunteer efforts throughout South Canterbury.

Blanchard has been volunteering at the Pleasant Point Railway Historical and Museum since its inception and also as the director and a presenter.

For the club he has volunteered every year to assist with the Bookarama "with his specialist knowledge of music and historical records".

Lawrie has been involved in local squash district administration and coaching, a member of the New Zealand Squash Rackets' Association and manager of a New Zealand squash team competing in Australia.

For the club, he has been "invaluable" in setting up the Bookarama as a book collector and specialist.

According to the club, his knowledge on authors and market values has lifted the annual book sale into a popular event attended by book buyers and collectors, and brought the club an income stream..

The Timaru Herald