Project Neighbour helping those in need

Thankful for the friendships that Rotary’s afternoon tea is providing is Suzanne Stuckey pictured, front right with fellow friends and Rotarians. Photo by Jewell Drury
Thankful for the friendships that Rotary’s afternoon tea is providing is Suzanne Stuckey pictured, front right with fellow friends and Rotarians. Photo by Jewell Drury

Each month, the Nelson Bay Rotarians chauffeur local residents to various locations sharing an afternoon of friendship and afternoon tea together called Project Neighbour.

This month, Bay News Of the Area had the extreme privilege of interviewing some of the participants.

The room was full of laughter, wisdom and many many years of life experiences as everyone sipped tea and ate homemade biscuits, slices, cakes and sandwiches.

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Ranging in ages from 60 to 97 years old, each participant/story teller had a tale to tell of a life well lived.

The Nelson Bay Rotary Club members are all volunteers and use their own cars to transport the participants to a new venue each month.

“We try to find a venue with a nice outlook so come rain or come shine we can still have an enjoyable experience together,” Judy Mitchell President of the Nelson Bay Rotary Club told Bay News Of the Area.

“I really love coming out for afternoon tea and meeting new people, I have found wonderful friends in this group,” Salamander Bay resident Suzanne Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey born in Vietnam in 1934, came to Australia in 1960 with her husband Rodney, who was a diplomat after they met in Laos whilst Suzanne was working at a high ranking Hotel.

Rodney and Suzanne were married in Cambodia and then moved to Australia.

The couple had four children and lived in Adelaide until Rodney passed away 4 years ago when Suzanne moved to Salamander Bay to be close to her son.

“I couldn’t speak or read or write English so my husband would always speak or explain things for me.” Mrs Stuckey said
“When my husband died I didn’t know what to do.”

“The Rotary Club have recently organised an English teacher to teach me English and to read and write too, she comes to my home every week,” Suzanne said.

Ms Stuckey is very grateful for the help she has received through tutoring, reading, writing and fellowship.

Rotary Club Nelson Bay are doing wonderful things in our community and Project Neighbour is another success.

At a time when family life can become busy, it is often the older folk who feel isolated and left behind.

The afternoon teas are planned every month and if you would like to be involved, please call President Judy Mitchell on
0408659605.

By Jewell DRURY

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