We are pleased once again to provide an update on the Horn of Africa project. A project commissioned by the Rotary Club of Footscray, as part of Rotary District 9800, and Donations in Kind, to support those living in the Horn of Africa region.
We have achieved another success in fundraising for the Ayder Hospital in the Tigray Regional State of Ethiopia, which is the largest hospital in the region and the only one with surgical facilities. A once state-of-the-art facility providing world class care to people all over the region, the hospital is now in shambles after the recent conflict in the country.
Anita arrives in Italy
Our outgoing exchange student Anita left late Saturday for Italy.
She was very excited and had said that she will send us photos of her adventures.
Host family "sisters" and members of the Rotary Club of Nuoro gave her a warm welcome.
Ron Hunt and Suzanne Zammit I were part of the large group that farewelled the nine students who recently spent four days sailing around Port Phillip Bay on The Enterprise. The crew and students all loved loved the adventure. Ourclub sponsored theree of the sailors who will be at our meeting on February 1st.
Save the Date
We are honoured that on April 18, Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice Chancellor of Victoria University will be our speaker. Among other VU issues he will address the developing connection between VU and the new Western Hospital on the corner of Ballarat and Geelong Rds, opposite the Footscray Park Campus. Invite friends to ensure a large attendance for such an important speaker.
January- Vocational Service Month
January is Vocational Service Month. As Rotarians we have a dual responsibility to represent our occupations within the club and exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work. This article suggests six ways to take action in this avenue of service.
Through the Footscray Rotary Aged Care and Community Services Fund (formerlyWRAC), a grant of $21,000.00 was made to the Yarraville Special Development School (YSDS).
Our guests on December the 7th were Elaine Quinn, Principal, and Davina D'Menzie, vice principal.
A large turn out and a festive atmosphere at our Christmas meeting made for a an enjoyable night. It was great to have an international guest- Stephen McGrath had flown in to spend Christmas with Peter and joined us for the evening.
The tables were decorated appropriately and a Christmas quiz, including many esoteric questions, tested members and guests.
An end of year BBQ at VU on December 12th was a great success with $1500 raised to support our projects.
Led by Ron Hunt, Jama Farah, Phillip Caruso, Rodney Johnstone, Elia Andriotis and Jamie Robertson were joined by young friends of Rodney. They had finished school for the year and were looking and looking for an activity. A big thank you to Chelsea Odzovski and twin siblings, Brayden and Logan.
DIK received a grant from the Community Service Fund which provided funds for a new van. A letter of appreciation has been received from PDG Bronwyn Stephens.
“A very sincere and excited thank you for the beautiful sparkly van that has arrived and has been branded DIK. You may be aware there is a shortage of vehicles so it took some finding and we were told it may take 12 months. We were so fortunate that this wonderful Renault was available and it is perfect. The back doors are able to accept forklift access. The interior has been inlaid with lining and the floor with wood as protection.
Medical Supplies for Ayder Hospital
A further appeal has been launched to fund a further container of Medical Supplies to Africa.
The Ayder Hospital in Tigray region of Ethiopia and is dire need of equipment following war in the region. For full details of how to donate click here.
As part of the environmental portfolio for the club, Elizabeth Drozd organised our Club’s participation in what is known as the annual V4Uday, whereby VU students volunteer in community projects.
This was conducted in partnership with the Footscray Park Bowling Club, where the students did some weeding and general gardening.
A certificate from VU thanking us for our participation, has been received.
District Governor's Visit
In his presentation on November 2nd DG Ron Paine highlighted the priorities for District 9800 during 2023-24.
1 INCREASE OUR IMPACT.
2 ENHANCE PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT
3 EXPAND OUR REACH
4 INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable project.
What impact can one donation have?
- For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
- $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
- $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children
On October 5th Thabata Pflug spoke about her experience as a Rotary Exchange student during 2022.
Originally fro Brazil, Thabata's family moved to USA where the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Colorado sponsored her exchange year in Germany. Whilst on Exchange the family moved to Australia and settled locally and we have been pleased to welcome them all to a number of meetings.
Thabata gave a very entertaining presentation of her varied experiences in Germany: her host parents, school, travel, recreation, celebrating Christmas and friendships made. She realises during the year she matured considerably.
Tony Skipper, head Technician at The Austin Hospital Renal Unit, was our guest speaker on Thursday 19th October. He spoke about the advances in technology and the advances in treatment for renal patients over his years of working in hospitals. Improvements have allowed people to have home dialysis making life a little better by avoiding hours hooked up equipment whilst in a hospital. The technicians will also work with patients allowing them to go away on holliday and liaising with technicians at the holiday location when problems crop up.
Speaker 7th September: Robert Irvine
Robert spoke of the work of the Friends of Organ Pipes National Park which varies with the seasons to include planting and maintaining native flora,monitoring wildlife and removing invasive plants and litter
Speaker 21st September: Dr Lloyn O'Brien (pictured)
Lloyd spoke about the work of "Somebody's Daughter"- a project which has grown from an in-prison activity to improve the self-esteem and vocabulary of female prisoners in Victoria, to one of supporting women on their release from prison and to coaching vulnerable youth in life-skills to try to prevent them falling into crime and the Justice system.
The tall ship 'The Enterprize" arrived back at 2 North Wharf on Monday 26th September just before 1pm.
8 happy students slowly disembarked and reluctantly farewelled the friends that they had made I've the last 4 days.
The students were supported by the following clubs Footscray, Collingwood, Altona City, Brighton, Brighton North and Keilor East.
Two interesting presentation at our August meetings. Our fellow Rotarian, PP Jamie Robertson spoke on August 3rd about his recent trip to Scotland. At the meeting on August 17th Rotarian Catherine Eagleson spoke about her work as a “wordsmith” creating word puzzles.
The Rotary Club of Footscray club is supporting this project, which will involve the installation of a Hellenic themed mural, celebrating the Greek influence in Footscray.
For details of the project click here.
Rotarians are invited to attend the inauguration ceremony at 12.30pm on Sat 9th September at The Line, Yewers Footscray. Details below.
The Rotary Club of Footscray hosted the 2023 Footscray Art Prize Dinner Dance on August 5th, at Croatia House following the exhibition of the artists’ entries at Footscray Arts Community and a review of the exhibition by Bernadette Fitzgerald, Senior Producer at Footscray Community Arts. Daniel Santangeli, Artistic Director & Co-CEO was our after dinner speaker
Both of these events were very well attended and the Club should be complemented for hosting to such a high standard during this biannual event.
Apart from the financial return for the club, as facilitator of an important community event the club gains much in the community.
Students from Kensington Primary School held fund raisers to buy stationery items for students in a remote area of Timor Leste. The school is Liaruca Elementary and Junior High school. What a journey it has been. Timor Leste is only 686kms from Darwin.The supplies were packaged up before Christmas and dropped off at DIK to be included in the next container going to Dili. The container left Australia on the 28th February and was expected around the 28th March and on the 5th April it was in harbour awaiting release.
Footscray Art Prize Opening
At the opening of the Footscray Art Prize on President Bob gave a delightful and appropriate speech ending by saying that he hoped that our prizes for the secondary school and primary school winners created hope in the art community.
Jaydyn Gregorio (pictured) won the Secondary prize with an amazing painting on a mirrored surface.
The primary school winner was Grace Nguyen for her beautiful crocheted creation.
See Photo Gallery on webpage for more photos.
The Changeover from President Maria Silber to Bob Newman was held at the Yarraville Club on 29th June. Maria reviewed the past year whilst Bob spoke of the plans he has for the club in 2023-24.
District Governor Elect Michael Lapiña from the Rotary Club of Wyndham proposed the toast to Rotary.
A Paul Harris recognition was awarded to Carol Castano for her leadership of the handcraft group that has over many years raised money for Foundation.
A request for help from PDG Ross Butterworth to help WERN with flood relief. WERN is a charity changing lives every day for those marginalised in our society or suffering trauma threough emergency situations. WERN is made up from people and organisations wanting to make a difference.
Victoria has been hit by significant storms and flooding throughout the state. Our neighbours need our help, with cash, furniture and our time.
Can you help?