Last week, we were fascinated to hear the progress of End Trachoma 2020 Centenary Project which was provided by Lien Tranh, End Trachoma 2020 Project Co-Ordinator and PP Peter Rogers describing the prototype Face Washing Trailer supporting the Project. Incidentally, this Trailer will be on display in the Driveway of the Sofitel Hotel on Wednesday, 30 May. Thank you Peter! Both Peter and Lien's presentations are available in Podcasts on our website.
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.
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.
Thank you to Graham O'Donnell who has kindly provided an update on the Club's inaugural "Helping Hand" Award which he is working on with Western Chances. This not for profit Organisation supports talented and motivated young people in Melbourne’s west who face barriers to achieving their dreams, including being impacted by family violence.
Chris Wang has provided the following report and update from our Family Violence Working Group of the Club's Community Welfare Committee. This includes their mission, achievements and a reminder that our Club has made the following Family Violence Pledge in 2016: RCM_FAMILY_VIOLENCE_PROJECTS_UPDATE.pdf
Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of irreversible blindness. The disease disappeared from Australian cities and towns over 100 years ago. But we remain the last developed country in the world where this disease is still considered endemic. It persists in some of our outback Indigenous communities. It does so in communities where living standards are inadequate, where there is a lack of functional, maintained washing facilities, and where homes are chronically overcrowded. Current personal and community hygiene practices allow the frequent spreading of infected secretions from one child to another, and although trachoma is easily treated with antibiotics, it is the frequent recurrent infections that damage the eyelids and cause blindness.
At the 2017 Festive Season lunch meeting, an appeal was held to raise funds for the supply of food hampers for the Southbank Crisis Accommodation. The funds raised annually by our Club are donated to Melbourne City Rotaract for them to source food and pack hampers which are delivered to the men and women staying at this temporary crisis accommodation. The great news was that our Members raised $1,825 which was duly given to Melbourne City Rotaract.
Jim Markovski, the Les Twentyman Foundation, was awarded the Sir John Reid Community Service Award 2017. Photo shows Jim with a fellow volunteer Arec Athium and Chris Stilwell. Jim is admirably qualified to be a worthwhile recipient for this year's Award as the following will attest.
The inaugural John Mitchell Indigenous Service Award was presented by Pres. Mary to Rick and Edward Tudor, Directors of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. The photograph shows L-R: Edward Tudor, Rick Tudor, Aileen Mitchell (John Mitchell's wife) and Rob McGuirk (Donydji Committee Member).
President Mary is seen here donating the funds from the 2017 Around the Bay event to Tim Haliburton, Smith Family. There are many people who need to be thanked for helping making the 2017 Around the Bay event a success from both a fund raising and club participation perspective which a record $20,592 given to The Smith Family.
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.
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 .
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.