Clubs around Australia support many worthwhile charities and projects. But EndTrachoma by 2020 is something particularly special for Rotary Australia.
Our Australian Centenary project needs your support on the ground to mobilise Rotarians and communicate the value of our project to clubs and communities.
RABS was a new initiative introduced in 2013 to help individuals or communities suffering stress, poverty, sickness, disability, misfortune or helplessness. It is a local program focussing on local needs rather than an internal program, but qualifies for Australian Tax Office tax deductibility status by being aligned with RAWCS during this pilot phase.
If your Club members have any Blankets, Sleeping bags or Swags that you no longer require please donate them and help Rotary help others.
These awards are presented to 3 to 4 people who have contributed their time and expertise over the year in order to make a difference to those less fortunate.
The awards are sponsored by Tobin Brothers and are named after Alphonse Tobin, a past member of the club.
Thursday 29th October, 2015 - 7pm for 7.30pm. - Mercure Hotel, Cnr Flemington Road & Harker Street, North Melbourne
Literacy and a good education is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Everyone has the right to learn to read, write and enjoy the power, pleasures and independence of being literate. For some the journey will be easy, for others it will take much hard work and unfortunately for approximately 18 percent of today’s world population it will never happen. We can change the world, but if we all contribute what we can, we can improve many lives. This is the power of Rotary and every Club cancontribute.
It has never been easier to support this “Foundation Area of Focus”...........
Four years ago Lin Hughes, of Chadstone/East Malvern Rotary Club, Melbourne, was half-listening to the Saturday morning TV. She heard Lucy Ricardo from Waverley talking about how her 11-year-old with Down’s Syndrome was enjoying special dance classes for children with disabilities.
Living close to Waverley Road, she was intrigued, although finding out that Lucy was actually in Waverley NSW was just the impetus she needed to start a similar program here in Melbourne.
The Australian Drug Foundation has recently published new resources to help parents discuss drugs and alcohol with their children. Please read on and feel free to reproduce this information in your Club bulletins and use the contacts below to obtain copies of the resources.
Marjorie Gerlinger, District Community Service Chair
Rotary Clubs, like yours, invest valuable time and effort towards improving the lives of the disadvantaged you have identified in your community. Imagine your project at its peak performance and impact level and you are imagining Rotary Connects at work in your club.
Rotary Connects is a 6-step collaborative process that can turn your club project into a whole of community initiative.
Bowel cancer is Australia's #1 internal cancer, killing more than 4,000 men and women every year. Bowelscan is a national program of Rotary with the goals of awareness and annual testing for bowel cancer. It provides an early warning screen and an opportunity for Clubs to engage with their communities.
The aim of this program is not to teach young drivers how to get their licence, but how to ensure they stay alive once they do. The program is designed to provide young drivers with the skills and techniques to ensure they are safe, responsible road users. It is run at a purpose built facility at Elmore Events Centre. The complex consists of classrooms and a purpose built road system that features all types of road surfaces, traffic lights, hills and a large sealed area.
This program liaises with business and organisations to facilitate donations of late-model superseded PC and IT equipment that are then re-furbished with licenced Microsoft Software and a tutorial installed. These are then provided to disadvantaged students and needy groups in communities.
How Clubs can assist:
Program representatives: Rick Westcott (Melbourne), Joe Butler (Brimbank Central), Jack Watson (Brimbank Central) Peter Sutherland (North Balwyn)
Pushed into action by the mystery surrounding sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Ian Scott addressed the Rotary Club of Mornington on June 17, 1981, highlighting the need to fund more medical research in order to shed light on the mystery of the syndrome.
After more than 30 years, Ian Scott’s dream of funding research is still alive with Australian Rotary Health raising close to $27 million for medical research since its origin, $10 million of which contributing to advances in mental health, the main focus of Australian Rotary Health since 2000.
BusyFeet is a project of the Rotary Club of Chadstone East Malvern and a District 9800 endorsed program. It is a volunteer based inspiring, successful dance program for children with a disability.
The program has attracted the interest of 17 District Clubs. Many are willing to start this innovative program. Volunteer dance teachers are however required for one hour a week in several areas across our District. The position would suit any level of Teaching dance including a Retired Teacher/Instructor or a Disability Teacher Primary or Kindergarten level. Current positions available, with lots of support, on a Tuesday 4pm to 4.45 weekly during school term 4th term commences 7th October.
Further details Lin Hughes 0406 795 817
Dance program for Children with a Disability designed to create a special place for children aged 6 to 16 by exploring their natural love of movement and music through dance. It is conducted in a fun, safe environment where everyone feels special and is respected for their individual ability and children receive one on one support.
Basic education and literacy is one of the Foundation’s six areas of focus. Everyone has the right to learn to read, write and enjoy the power, pleasures and independence of being literate. For some the journey will be easy, for others it will take much hard work and unfortunately for approximately 18 percent of today’s world population it will never happen.
Youth suicide is the last taboo. Rotary however can help address this tragedy by supporting teachers, police officers, social workers and mental health clinicians to better understand the many challenges faced by today’s young people.
Clubs can provide scholarships to assist professionals to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne and thus offer a simple, practical way of addressing mental illness in adolescence.
Mentoring for Return to Community Engagement (a vocationally inspired program)
The Life After Stroke (LAS) program is conducted in conjunction with Stroke Association of Victoria (SAV) and provides for Rotarians to be supported to engage the Rotary network to find suitable community engagement, work experience and (where possible) paid work.
We can all look with pride of achievement at our District and individual Clubs success in providing relevant community service programmes, both past and present. All Rotarians know and understand that individual Clubs undertake Community Service programmes and activities to improve their respective Communities. However our Communities are changing, as is the economic landscape in which they sit.
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"Shine On" is an outstanding annual Australia-wide Rotary recognition program acknowledging exceptional service to others by people with disabilities.
Clubs may nominate people who meet the criteria and all nominees will receive recognition with a Certificate of Commendation. The 'Shine On' recognition acknowledges service to the community by people with disabilities.
This Year more than 1,500 Women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Over 850 will die from this Disease.
This Project became a District 9800 project, supported by many Rotary Clubs with over $370,000 raised for research, to help find a Screening test for all Women in our community.
RAGMSA is one of Rotary International's sixteen Action Groups established to promote MS awareness, encourage Rotarians and MS societies to collaborate to contribute via fundraising activities to MS research and provide support for people with MS (pwMS).
The Know Your Numbers Stroke Awareness program is about helping people know their blood pressure and whether they should seek professional advice.
Camp Getaway caters for those of all abilities and mobility, provides a meeting place for support groups, and offers those who need it most, a sanctuary away from their daily struggles. Whilst disability and related support groups have priority for booking dates, Camp Getaway welcomes bookings from family groups, church groups, clubs, special functions, business meetings, and recreational groups.
Violence Free Families is dedicated to improving the quality of life of families affected in this way. Its fundamental belief is that every person has the right to live in his or her family free of fear and intimidation. A special concern is the protection of children.