PP John Hunnisett - Sapphire PHF
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Local Businessman awarded second Rotary Honour – Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow.
John Hunnisett, Founder and Financial Director of the business Rent4sure Ltd one of the UK's leading suppliers to the lettings industry whose Head Office is at The Glenmore Centre, Honeywood Parkway, Whitfield with other offices in Reigate and Norwich, has received for the second time the highest award a Rotary Club can present other than Honorary Membership. It was handed to Mr Hunnisett by President John Wiggell MBE of the Rotary Club of Dover at an event in Dover Town Hall on Thursday 2nd June in the presence of his family and scores of guests.
Mr Hunnisett, 66, a member of the Rotary Club of Dover and its President in 1993-1994 was originally given Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2012 since when he has been deeply involved in Community activities, being Secretary of the Dover Community Association and as an active member of the Rotary Club. Within the last year through both organisations he has been actively involved in the restoration of Biggin Hall for community use. This was reminiscent of his presidential year when he helped his club raise a substantial sum for the then renovation of Curzon Hall in Tower Hamlets. A person of seemingly boundless energy during his year as President he attended two Rotary Conferences – at Bournemouth and Eastbourne, led memorable trips to Strasbourg and Antwerp and undertook a marathon of ‘raids’ in one day on other Rotary clubs starting at Bromley Sunrise, then Crayford, Gravesend, Malling, Forest of Blean and Sittingbourne Invicta which was a record at the time. In recent years he has been an extremely active Events organiser for his Rotary club which has involved him in a wide range of activities for the benefit of the public including the Dover Regatta, Charity Golf Days, Stroke Awareness Campaign and Community Service such as organising litter picking exercises among other activities. He has also been the co-organiser of two highly successful Summer Gala Dinner and Concert events which have raised over £13,000 for the Martha Trust. President John Wiggell in congratulating Mr Hunnisett upon his second recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow said that after his first award “he resisted the temptation to rest on his laurels and continued to throw himself into Rotary and other activities demonstrating ‘Service above Self” at its highest level”. His company has been principal sponsor for large events that raise funds for charity.
Mr Hunnisett’s wife Rita, to whom he has been married for 33 years this year, watched as her husband received his Lapel Pin to recognise his enhanced status. As this is his second such recognition the pin has a Sapphire within it. Mr and Mrs Hunnisett have four daughters Andrea, Alisa, Renee and Michelle.