Issue 6
Tuesday, 07 August 2018
Charles Darwin University
Tony Allan with his award
Tony Allan with his award

Peers recognise Tony Allan’s generosity

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Tony Allan is known to give his last dollar to a person in need and this generosity was recently recognised with a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow.

The Senior Vocational Education and Training Developer is a keen Rotarian and has given thousands of dollars to charitable events.

“The world has been good to me and this is a way I can give back,” he said. “However, the charity I give alone would not make much of a difference.”

Mr Allan joined the Rotary Club six years ago to meet people and has worked tirelessly with others on a range of local and international projects. He said a highlight has been his trips with fellow Rotarians to Kampot in Cambodia to build houses for an English language school.

“Many Cambodians earn less than $2 a day, and if we build them a home they will send their children to school rather than work,” he said.

“As part of our agreement, we also pay the school’s operational costs, professionally develop the teachers and test the progress of students.”

Mr Allan said local charitable contributions included Rotakat volunteers teaching sailing to children with autism, NT Fire Fighter of the Year awards, and the Bernie and Phyllis Plew Community Awards.

The Paul Harris Fellow is peer-based recognition for contributions of more than $1000 to The Rotary Foundation.