Rotary Melbourne presented its 34th Sir John Reid Community Service Award to Libby Clarke from Very Special Kids an Australian children's hospice that provides respite and end of life care. Libby (centre) is seen here with special guests, Sir John Reid's daughters, Margaret Ross and Jean Hadges.
Thank you to DG Grant Hocking for providing this update on our D9800 Global Scholar. Unfortunately, President Trump's Visa rules stopped Lucienne from entering the US to accept her award at the UN Rotary Day due to her having travelled to Syria. DG Grant accepted this award on Lucienne's behalf. Seen here with P Kevin, Bob Fels and Rob Helme.
The Vocation Committee is seeking nominations for the Young Achievers Award. This Award recognizes up to three persons in the age group 18 – 26 who have achieved outstanding success in their education or training and who have also made a significant contribution in the form of service to the community. Nominations close on the 28 February 2018.
Ride for a child in need. This year's around the Bay will be on October the 6th.
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.
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.
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.