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A successful dinner with auction was held on Saturday 22nd in conjunction with the Footscray Art Prize. Guest speaker Mary Long gave a thought provoking presentation "Business and Art -Strange Bedfellows”. Funds raised will support our youth programs. Thanks to Bruce Postle, Oslo Davis and Susan Dang for the works they donated for the live auction. Many club members donated a diverse range of items for silent auction.
The Rotary Club of Footscray - Community Service &House of Friendship Fund Inc.
History of the Fund
The Fund was formed out by amalgamating two separate funds operated by the Rotary Club of Footscray. The “House ofFriendship”(HOF) provided the elderly a meeting place & recreational facility in addition to daily hot meals at nominal cost. For those who were house bound meals were provided at home.
The concept was so successful that it became a prototype for many similar schemes in Australia and in 1975 became one of the Footscray Council's community welfare programs.
The Rotary Club of Footscray Community Service Trust
was formed in 1977 to provide financial assistance to designated not-for-profit charities which have Deductible Gift Receipts (DGR) status from the Australian Taxation Office.
In 1994 the assets were combined to form the “Rotary Club of Footscray
Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc”.
How the Fund Supports Local Communities?
Rotarians are committed to serving the community. This Fund provides vital grants to not-for-profit grassroots charitable organisations with DGR status. Grants are made to a diverse range of local projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged people throughout the locality. We are proud to have made a difference to many important services within the community.
How can you help?
If you would like to assist those that are disadvantaged, people who have a disability, the elderly and those in need in our community, please consider making a donation. This may be done by sending a cheque payable to:
The Rotary Club Footscray
Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc
PO Box 469, Ascot Vale, Vic 3032
All donations over $2.00 are Tax Deductible & a receipt will be issued.
How can organisations apply for a grant?
Application forms are sent to interested organisation around April-May each year.
A great "Changover Night" on June 21st when Elia Andriotis handed over the presidential reins to Suzanne Zammit, after his two year stint. Great effort by Elia who received a Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations to Suzanne.
Footscray Community Bike Shed
In 2014 the Rotary Club of Footscray, in partnership with the Maribyrnong City Council established the Footscray Community Bike Shed. The aim was to service/repair pre-loved bikes, donated from the community, and then give to refugees, asylum seekers and other adults and kids who are in need. Helmets, lights and locks are also provided so that recipients are fully prepared. This program is meeting a community need by providing cheap and sustainable form of transport and aiding the physical and mental Health for refugee & asylum seeker. The Bike Shed provides a site for socialising and meeting / visiting new friends. The success of the program has been largely due to a band of enthusiastic volunteers providing over 1000 hours of work per year.
Over the period 2014-18 over 500 bikes have been distributed to recipients from 28 different countries
The program supports various agencies including: NewHope/Micare, Cohealth, the ASRC, AMES, Shine4 kids, Welcome West Wagon, Red Cross, BaptCare, Amnesty International.
The Rotary Club of Footscray meets on Thursdays:
Beginning March 2019 we will meet twice per month with the following plan:
On the first Thursday of the month - dinner meeting: 6:30 for 7:00pm.
On the third Thursday of the month lunch meeting: 12.30pm for a 12.45pm.
Meetings are at Croatia House, 72 Whitehall Street, Footscray Vic. 3011
Occasionally meeting times are altered but details of weekly meetings are updated on website and also Facebook.
All are most welcome to join us.
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