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Ken Maxfield really is Mr Camp Getaway and has demonstrated Service above Self for over 20 years.
Ken’s initial inspiration and ‘dream’ in 1998 led to discussions with the late District Governor, Vance Hilton, about how to bring the idea of a camp for children with special needs to fruition. His every endeavour has been be get such a camp up and running.
Children in the Urban Council of Ampara in Sri Lanka are relishing the opportunity to use Australian playground equipment following the recent installation, and the celebratory official opening on August 5th.
This playground was extracted from the Quantin Binah Community Centre in Werribee by Naturform
Three early-career opera singers are the first to benefit from District 9800’s involvement in the New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) program.
It’s a spin-off from Rotary International’s discontinued Group Study Exchange and offers a simpler, flexible format.
The only Rotary expense is free boarding as the young people pay all their other costs. (In special cases Rotary subsidies are optional).
 
The City of Melton, in collaboration with the Cities of Maribyrnong and Ballarat, hosted the inaugural Intercultural Cities Australasia Symposium on 31 July at Melton attended by almost 300.
The Intercultural Cities program is led by the Council of Europe, and the keynote speaker came out from Strasbourg lending weight to the significance of the event.
 
A great day with the Rotary District 9800 support team of Assistant Governors and Chairs at Camp Getaway for a working bee on Sunday august 11th. .
Gateway Rotaract President Richard also helped out. There was sunny weather despite the cold and wet weather in Melbourne and snow in Gisborne and Woodend.
Rotary's mentoring programs in Victoria have been successfully extended to Ambulance Victoria’s management and field medics.
The modified program, based partly on the 13 years of police mentoring, involves all five Victorian districts and is coordinated by Rotary Central Melbourne .
After an initial pilot year the Ambulance program was expanded to 17 staff and 15 mentors in 2018-19.
A simple curry night organised by the Rotary club of Essendon on the 28th Feb 2019 in an Indian Restaurant called Magic Mint in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne and an accompanying American auction yielded $2,666. With a District 9800 grant of $1,334 a total of $4,000 was sent over to the Rotary club of Battaramulla Sri Lanka who were able to purchase 83 maternity bags for underprivileged and impoverished expectant mothers.
There is no better example than this project to exemplify the true internationality of Rotary. The distribution took place on the 26th June 2019 at the Thalangama divisional hospital where the would-be mothers received maternity bags with grateful thanks to the Rotarians of Essendon for their magnanimous gesture.
 
            
            
 
 
 
 
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