Rotary Club of Perth celebrates multicultural member base

Joseph Wambua (Kenya), Chiara Colombo - (Italian Rotary Youth Exchange),  Stephen Inouye (USA), Jill Dawson (Australia),  president Wesley Sim (Singapore), Jurgen Baumhoff (Germany), Alta Terblanche (South Africa) and  Maree Masamayor (Phillipines). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d491889
Joseph Wambua (Kenya), Chiara Colombo - (Italian Rotary Youth Exchange), Stephen Inouye (USA), Jill Dawson (Australia), president Wesley Sim (Singapore), Jurgen Baumhoff (Germany), Alta Terblanche (South Africa) and Maree Masamayor (Phillipines). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491889

JUST about every continent in the world has a representative at the Rotary Club of Perth.

Its members come from far and wide to lend a hand to their community.

Club president Wesley Sim said with Perth just one of 100 clubs in WA, one of thousands in Australia and many more across the world, Rotary was one of the most diverse organisations.

“It doesn’t matter which country you come from, you always have people who have a heart for the community,” he said.

“As people come to our country they do the same things, they come with the same attitude.”

Mr Sim said the club’s multiculturalism reflected patterns of migration to the city, and expected it to only grow and diversify in years to come.

“One of the biggest things towards peace is cultural acceptance and understanding,” he said.

“People often use the word “tolerance”, but I find tolerance still has that bit of reservation. Acceptance is a word I prefer.”