Trio loves helping others

Article by Sandy Curtis, as published in the Newsmail on the 26 March 2012

“I got called Barbecue Queen because that was my fifteenth fundraising barbecue in the last three years,” Alicia Otto laughed as she described the sausage sizzle run by Rotaract at the Library up-grade celebrations.

Alicia, Tim Sergiacomi and Chris Krebs are members of the Rotaract Club of Bundaberg, part of the younger arm of Rotary International.

“We’re a group of young people who have a common interest to do what we can to make a difference in our local community. 

“It isn’t all serious and we don’t dedicate our lives to it – in fact, our meetings are very casual and members don’t have to do every activity that we sign up for, just contributing their time and manpower where possible makes a big difference.”

Alicia, a town planner, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp last year after being recognized for fundraising $10,000 during the Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Quest in 2010.

“The camp experience was amazing – you learn more about yourself in a week than you would have thought possible, and walk away with a group of new friends you feel like you’ve known forever.”

When the Rotaract Club of Bundaberg formed six months ago, Alicia became one of its first members.

“I organized the crew for a Dragon Boat event for the Multicultural Festival; I did rowing at Bundy High and it was good to get back on the water again as part of a team.”

Tim, a town planner, and Chris, a duty manager at Across the Waves, are recent Rotaract members.

“I joined because of the personal development opportunity and to give back to the community through a local organization,” Tim explained.

“It’s been very rewarding – it doesn’t take as much time as you’d think, and it’s a good feeling.”

Tim was involved in the Edmund Rice Society at Shalom College and worked on a couple of camps with younger students, and this year he took on the role of secretary of the Across the Waves Football Club.

Chris had helped his uncle out with deliveries for St Vincent de Paul, but thought “Rotaract was a better way for me to help in the community, and also make new friends, and I meet a different range of people than I would otherwise.”

“Chris is very good with people,” Alicia grinned, “he had great fun spruiking Rotaract to people at the sausage sizzle.”