Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin - Powerchair Project
In 2017 Capital Football approached Rotary for their assistance to raise over $120,000 for nine new Powerchairs to be bought from the United States for the Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy Powerchair football team. Last Friday the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin was on hand to present the powerchairs to Capital Football. Below is a letter of thanks from John Platten, President, Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin Canberra. See the full story here.
Friday was a great day for the children and Rotary. Thanks to our sister clubs of Yass, Hall, Jerrabomberra, Ginninderra, Belconnen who helped financially. It shows that if the cause is worthwhile and there is a human side to the project then Rotary not just RCAG benefits. Thanks to Richard Griffith who contacted the media. His links coupled with Capital Football media contacts provided a publicity base for Rotary as a whole. I will write to Channel 9, WIN, Canberra Times, ABC, Harrison School and our sponsors thanking them separately. So good was the coverage especially the ABC I have had correspondence from people as far away as Atherton, Gove, Whitsunday Islands and Carnarvon W.A. Even at the ACT Hockey finals yesterday and the BBC AGM people approached me thanking Rotary. Having an ugly mug helps. Also, the TV stations have loaded the coverage onto their Facebook sites.
For the record to cc’d members who could not attend – The majority of funds came from The Rotary Clubs of Aurora Gungahlin (RCAG), Hall, Yass, Ginninderra, Jerrabomberra, Belconnen and private member donations. One family donated $10K. The remainder of funds came from non-profit organisations and companies - Thinklogical, NetApp, Nettalp, Aspen Medical, Armadillos and the Snow Foundation. Transportation from Minnesota USA to Canberra was provided by - Capital Region Muscular Dystrophy, Queanbeyan Rodeo Committee, EDI International Freight and Classic Couriers Canberra. 
Thanks to the everyone who sent photos and videos. I will ask for them to be loaded onto the RCAG Facebook site. In the interim, I have attached a few. Photo PA300286.JPG is important as they are the two boys Michael and Aaron who conducted the “Con” which started the project. The two ladies in the photo are teachers from the Harrison School who were in on the “Con”.
The children now have the hardware to compete in interstate competitions and hopefully one day the Australian POWEROOS.
The quote of the day came from Michael “Pinch me, it’s a dream”
For RCAG it has been one hell of a year. Firstly, the Defibrillators in the trams and now the Powerchairs thanks to all especially Laurie.  
Maybe we should think of a 9705 project?  LUCAS? - the cause is definitely worthwhile and there is a human side, just a thought?????
John Platten
Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin Canberra
0404 827 394