Continuing a tradition of supporting those who protect our city, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody recognized the city’s first responders this month with the initial distribution of proceeds raised by last October’s RunDunwoody – Rotary Race to Serve.
“Given our long-standing relationship and support for those who put their lives on the line every day, it just seemed right that our first responders should receive the first distribution,” said club president, Susan Schwall.
The club provided $4,500 to the police department to support various community policing initiatives. DeKalb Fire and Rescue received $4,140 for the purchase of three rescue saws, one for each Dunwoody station.
“A focal point of what we do is empowering others and enhancing their abilities to help themselves and others. That’s true here since these funds go directly to serving those who live and work in Dunwoody,” says Schwall.
The club also made a $500 donation to the Noble Heroes Foundation to help first responders and their families in the event of a death or severe injury in the line of duty.
“Compassion is a cornerstone of this club and complements our vision of empowering others,” said RunDunwoody coordinator Kelly Hundley.
Jan. 4 marked the first of many upcoming distributions. Targeted in the coming weeks are a host of programs focusing on local and global public health and education initiatives for children and adults.
“Good health and a good education are essential tools for success, and these kinds of programs reflect the service focus of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. We are very excited,” said Schwall. “RunDunwoody 2012 netted more than $40,000.”
“Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, we are able to offer strong support to many important programs. We wish we’d raised enough to provide financial support for every request we received, but our board did a great job in selecting recipients for this year. Maybe RunDunwoody 2013 will further increase our capacity to serve the local and global community,” said Hundley.
The fourth annual RunDunwoody – Rotary Race to Serve is set for Oct. 20. Planning is already underway.