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A Sunshine Coast club is celebrating 30 years of charity work that has enriched the lives of thousands through projects, events and programs.

A Sunshine Coast Rotary club is celebrating three decades of supporting the local community since its humble beginning with just 27 members.

The Rotary Club of Buderim was born after a vote from the Rotary Club of Mooloolaba to create a new club on September 13, 1993.

Then on March 27, 1994, Rotary International chartered the Rotary Club of Buderim, which today has seen more than 150 members contribute their service to the community.

“While most locals are aware our club organises the Buderim Australia Day activities each year, and they see our blue barbecue trailer at various events, many are not aware of how we have contributed both locally and internationally since the club’s charter,” club president Clive Shepherd says. “Our club focus is always on where we can make a positive difference, and in fact over the years we have raised well over $500,000 to fund this focus.”

The club has a commitment to improving the health of our community, supporting the Bloomhill Cancer Centre, Buderim Men’s Shed, Queensland flood relief, international aid and much more over the years.

“Whatever the size of the project, whether it be the construction of two shelters in Buderim Forest Park, sandpits at local primary schools or providing medical aids for local residential aged-care facilities, these are the projects that draw club members together with the goal to improve the quality of life in our community,” Mr Shepherd says.

“Our club has always had a strong focus on supporting the youth in our community, from participating in the Roadside Youth Driver Awareness program for local senior students to sponsoring students to attend the National Youth Science Forum, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Rotary Program of Enrichment.

“The positive difference these programs have on our young people is evident when they return to our club to thank us. It really is very rewarding.”

Buderim Rotary meets Fridays at 12.30pm at Buderim Tavern for lunch and a guest speaker. Members do not have to attend every meeting. Guests are welcome.

Visit rotaryclubofbuderim.com.

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