New Rotary initiative to combat lack of social contact

Rotary Park will be the set-off point for weekday walks with Tenterfield Rotary.
Rotary Park will be the set-off point for weekday walks with Tenterfield Rotary.

For those who need an earlier mark than that offered by Tenterfield Willow Walkers, Tenterfield Rotary Club is starting up a weekday 6.30am gathering at Rotary Park (next to Tenterfield Pool) for those chasing some exercise and interaction.

The club's Harry Bolton said Rotary's weekly meetings are now staged over Tuesday nights and Wednesday breakfasts, limited to 10 members each to observe social distancing rules. That doesn't quite accommodate the full membership, raising the topic of isolation and lack of social connectivity.

To address that issue for members and the wider community, the Rotary Walking Club takes off on Monday, August 17.

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Each day will be led by a Rotarian, charged with ensuring the outing is COVID-compliant.

The route will take the cross-town pathway along Tenterfield Creek and out to Saddlers Estate and back, with each participant free to determine when they double-back.

"People can gauge how far they want to go," Mr Bolton said.

"It's giving people the opportunity to have a walk and talk, and meet up with mates for some healthy socialising."

Mr Bolton said the early start will suit those with business hours commitments, with the finish time expected to be around 7.30-7.45am.

Those who prefer a bit more of a sleep-in, however, might find the Willow Walkers are more their pace.