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Recently an update was published in the Club's Bulletin asking for volunteers for this years Around the Bay Event. If you would like to join #TeamRotary this year send an email with your details.
Here is what Jim, our volunteer coordinator, had to say:
AROUND THE BAY RIDES AGAIN
As a past supporter of the Around the Bay bike event and the Rotary fund raising activities for The Smith Family's Learning for Life program I am contacting you again regarding the 2020 event.
Bicycle Network are planning for the ride to occur, subject to approval from councils and state government, on October 11th. Please put this date in your calendar and if you are able to confirm your ability and willingness to assist us again please let me know. One point to note is that this is a week later than in prior years so a week after the start of daylight savings.
Obviously there is some uncertainty around the impact of Covid-19 on the ride with some potential for the event to be postponed or even cancelled. This would be a blow to The Smith Family and the Learning for Life program as the Around the Bay event is a major fundraising event. I also understand that it may be difficult for volunteers to be able to commit without knowing the trajectory of the health crisis. At this stage we are all, at best, tentative participants.
Assuming the event does take place, please note:
- Ensure your Working with Children status is up to date
- Children between 15 and 18 are able to serve as route marshals if they are with an adult. This could be an opportunity to work with children or grandchildren perhaps?
- The Route for 2020 is broadly the same as 2019 but we will have both the 100 km and 50 km riders in our area through Port Melbourne and Williamstown via the Westgate bridge.
- Overall duration of route marshall duties will not change significantly.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your past support for the event and The Smith Family - I hope you will be able to volunteer again this year.
You can make a Difference
SecondBite redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia. Food is donated by farmers, wholesalers, markets, supermarkets, caterers and events. This high-quality surplus food is redistributed to community food programs that support people who are homeless, women and families in crisis, youth at risk, indigenous communities, asylum seekers and new arrivals.
The RCM has supported SecondBite for over 10 years through members volunteering to collect food from Queen Victoria Market and Prahran Market. SecondBite supply the van and a driver and our members use a purpose designed cart to collect the food. This involves collecting from the various stall holders and in the case of Prahran, sorting according to variety and quality before putting it in the van for return to Kensington. The commitment is on a Sunday at both markets for about 2 Hours, every 6 weeks or so at Prahran and once per 2 months at Victoria market. It is a lot of fun and you can make a difference.
Bob Glindemann is looking for new volunteers and he can be contacted at the Club office