$30,000 boost helps Bay PCYC

IT WAS close to a case of Sergeant Pat Fleming doing somersaults across the Hervey Bay PCYC indoor court yesterday when he heard the centre's decimated bank balance was about to take a massive turn for the better.

Some $30,000 better – even though the donation has been earmarked to create the beginnings of what Sergeant Fleming says “is our ultimate dream”.

The gate takings and stallholders' fees from the Father's Day weekend 2010 Rotary Living Expo will go to the struggling PCYC as it still battles to get over the financial crisis created by its August-November closure after Sergeant Fleming discovered the centre had never been legally certified.

The Rotary clubs collected $20,000 towards the PCYC donation and the AMP Foundation kicked in with $10,000.

“Our dream is to create a youth hub, a youth area for after school activities between, say, 3.30pm and 8.30pm and to be run by various agencies on roster rotation,” Sergeant Fleming said.

“It may be that we use existing facilities to pilot the program and we will certainly be working very closely with the wider community and with the council.”

The project could encompass a small cafe, computers, workshops and entertainment, he said. “We won't necessarily look to build a new building. We could contain it on our existing premises.”

“We will present the cheque at our combined Rotary clubs meeting at the Boat Club on November 30,” Wayne Lee, chairman of joint Rotary clubs expo committee said yesterday.

“It will be a significant night, with all three Rotary clubs in Hervey Bay present.

“Our numbers were down at the expo this year but we did get some 4000 people through the gate, partly because many believed that because the PCYC was closed our event would be cancelled.

“We will also present Hervey Bay SES with $1000 for their security work they did for the expo.”

Wayne Lee, chairman of the expo, will emcee the night at the Boat Club, where at least one other large Rotary cheque will be presented to a major community project and special awards will be given out.

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