The inaugural Rotarian John Mitchell Indigenous Scholarship is to be awarded. As most of you will know, our Club has supported the indigenous homeland, Donydji or, as it is now known, Gurrumala, for over 15 years, both financially and in kind. Until his sudden death last Christmas, John Mitchell was a key member of the Rotary SubCommittee providing this support and was its Chairman from its inception.
Led by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, the “EndTrachoma by 2020” project unites Rotary clubs across Australia, to work towards eliminating trachoma by preventing the spread of infection that causes this avoidable blindness. This project is endorsed by 2017-18 Rotary International President, Australian Ian Riseley, and Zone Director Noel Trevaskis, and has been endorsed as a project to commemorate Rotary Australia’s centenary year in 2021. More information can be found at http://www.endtrachoma2020.org.au.
Annually, in October, the Rotary Club of Melbourne supports the Around the Bay in a Day riding event. Sign to ride, or help run the event. Funds raised are given to The Smith Family Learning for Life program which helps children from disadvantaged families complete their schooling.
In Australia today, on any one night, 105,000 people are homeless. Of these 46,000 are women and 63,000 are 34 years of age or less with 18,000 children under 12. Get involved in projects to end homelessness and support the homeless in Melbourne particularly among young people, working with other like-minded organisations.
The Redskins Basketball Club was established by Jim Markovski in the mid-1990s as a way of helping young people better connect with their community and peers. The Club has now grown to 400 and needed some help to pay for the unforms. The Welfare of the Young Committee has helped brigde the costs .
RCM members volunteer weekly to collect surplus fresh food at the Queen Victoria and Prahran Markets. Second Bite then redistributes donated food to community food programs for the disadvantaged. Volunteers donate 2 hours of their time to collect donations, and are rostered up to 6 times a year.
Recognising the effects of family violence on children, RMC funds specialist training for mental health professionals in not-for-profit agencies to help children with EMDR Therapy which is recommended by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of trauma in children and adults. This project is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Melbourne and the Bouverie Family Centre at La Trobe University, and makes specialist trauma training for child support professionals working in not-for-profit more accessible.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne along with the Rotary Clubs of Albert Park and Brighton North are working on a project to help improve nutrition for Aboriginal children in remote communities. We have developed a product called “Footy Nuts” which is a 30 gram pack of dry roasted Australian almonds that we will introduce to indigenous children in an effort to move their diet away from snack foods with low nutritional value. Our project’s plan is to recruit some high-profile Indigenous footballers to act as Ambassadors and role models of healthy snacking.
For more information on how you can become involved, please contact our club office
Volunteer and help find host schools and host families; select applicants for outbound exchange scholarships; liaise with hosting clubs supported by RCM; and support hosted students. Participants in Rotary exchange report that the experience changed their lives.