Community Projects

 

"MAKE a HOUSE a HOME" PROJECT

It’s official, the ‘Make a House a Home’ project has launched. The first of 40 home essentials kits arrived at Launch Housing Southbank a few days ago and Richard Parker and James Pullar are seen here being thanked by Monica.

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2018 CLUB CHRISTMAS APPEAL

This year's Rotary Club of Melbourne Christmas Appeal designated charity is the ‘Ignite’ program of Arts Access Victoria, supporting artists with disability.

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EMDR WORKING WITH REFUGEES

Thank you to Pamela Brown for initiating the highly successful formal training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) by Dr Derek Farrell to therapists working with traumatised refugees.   

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Second Bite

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. 

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END TRACHOMA BY 2020

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.

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End Trachoma by 2020

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.  

 

 

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Ending Homelessness

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.

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Healthy Eating in Indigenous communities

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

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