Tim Crakenthorp MP, Member for Newcastle, had a significant place in making the final choice of the competitive applications and which ones are funded. He was very pleased to come and preside over the launch of the trailer. During our chatting we found out he was a Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP) student and spent a life-changing year in Johannesburg South Africa in the late years of the Apartheid era. Seeing the effects of repression and racial division fired him up with a desire to make changes for good in the world. He and his assistant Nicole spent quite some time with us and we are sure they went away with a much expanded knowledge of Rotary, Mayfield and Rotary Down Under Graffiti Removal Day 2015.
Rita Dixon, Coordinator of the Mayfield Business Association came with son Ewan and contributed some boxes of her artisan-made (by her) Turkish Delight - unctuous and sweet and delicious and packaged in very beautifully designed boxes. Is this a plug to buy some from her - you bet!!
The weather was going to rain on our parade so we switched from Webb Park for the launch to the covered carpark area at France Funerals. Thanks Ian Cowling for letting us use it at as right on cue at 10am the predicted rain started and the wind blew but we were safe under a marquee. BBQ and a few coffee runs later we packed up our tent and stole off into mist.