FOUNDATION FACT NO: 14
“Did you know that only contributions to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION accrue PAUL HARRIS recognition points?”
Rotary Information - Bob Willis
ROTARY FOUNDATION REPORT
FACT 12 “Did you know that THE ROTARY FOUNDATION is Rotary International’s ONLY charity?”
FACT 13.........”Did you know that Personal Giving to the Rotary Foundation in Australia is tax deductible if the contribution is given via THE AUSTRALIAN ROTARY FOUNDATION TRUST?”
WORLD POLIO DAY
World Polio Day is celebrated this Monday 24th October. Our Board has decided that at our meeting the following day, the proceeds from the fines session will be given to the Polio appeal and topped up to a reasonable donation. So bring your money with you and give generously to this wonderful cause.
The Board has decided to encourage members to participate in a Lake Fun Run which district Rotary is organising to celebrate the centenary of Rotary Foundation. Further details to follow when available.
The following is an extract from the Monday Oct 3rd Daily Advertiser :
Mother Nature has selected only a few events over the past few months to grace with perfect sunshine – Gears and Beers was the latest.
Almost 1100 riders registered and countless others attended the festival at the Victory Memorial Gardens after.
People travelled from as far as New Zealand to pedal through Riverina countryside.
“It’s been really, really good,” organising committee chairman Phillip McIntosh said.
“Everyone came out because it was a really sunny day.”
Mr McIntosh said participants provided positive feedback, especially the 250 people that rode the 130 kilometres.
“The conditions out there were challenging,” he said.
“There was water, there was mud but they just ate it.
“I’m blown away in all honesty.”
Guest Speaker was Bob Aitken, the roving ambassador for Australian Rotary Health
In an enthusiastic talk he outlined the amazing work that ARH has done since its inception some 30 years ago by Ian Scott, who decided that we needed to have more access to medical research funds. He was particularly touched by the high incidence of Cot Death and proceeded to raise funds. Australian Rotary Health was born.
In that thirty years we have raised and spent more than 33 million dollars, all of which has gone into Australian medical research .
The current area of focus is Mental Health, and Bob mentioned two frightening statistics, the first being that one person in five will suffer some mental problem in their lives; the second that suicide outnumbers road fatalities. We need to find out the factors so that we can reduce the incidence of self harm. Another amazing statistic is that 17000 people were badly enough affected by mental torture that they attempted suicide!!
Bob urged us to keep up our support, and suggested that some may like to become private donors. The work is important, very important.
Michael Knight introduced Jan Roberts and Lauren Darly Bentley from Women's Health Centre. Lauren spoke about the money that the Women's Health Centre received from Wollundry and the partnership with Wollundry and Kapooka Army Base to target Domestic Violence in the Wagga Community. The project was kick started in July 2015. With the funds that were provided, a position of Project Manager was created which Lauren currently occupies.
After contacting agencies that deal with Domestic Violence, the conclusion was that Wagga sits somewhere between denial and resistance and vague idea of what is going on. The study has surveyed 700 community members of their knowledge of Domestic Violence. They hope to have 3,000 completed surveys by the end of the year. Once the survey's results are analyzed then strategic action will be taken. Lauren thanked the Committee representative John Ferguson for his contribution.
Geoff Hamilton introduced our guest speaker of the day, his cousin Andrew Hamilton. He noted that they grew up together on neighbouring farms and while Geoff could build a few things … Andrew went on to build himself an airplane. Geoff said that Andrew was here to speak to the club about an outback air race that he and Fiona participated in as a fundraiser for the Flying Doctor's Service.
Andrew started his talk noting that the club was pretty hard up for speakers, but he would be glad to help out his cousin. Andrew told members that listening to Exchange students brought back memories of his time as a Rotary GSE team member with Simon Terry and Michael McCormack in 1992.
In his second trip, Andrew was exploring places he could visit between the starting point in Esperance and the finish at Hamilton Island. He found Davenport Downs Station … the largest cattle property in Queensland and it was owned by Paraway. He was familiar with Paraway since he had been using their breed stock on his own farm.
He contacted the local Paraway manager in the Riverina and asked if he could stop in at Davenport Downs during the race for a visit. The manager agreed to arranged the visit. It turned out that all of the entrants of the race visited the site and Paraway and their owners, Maquirie Bank came to become sponsors of the race...to the tune of $50,000, which grew to a total of $165,000 in donations from affiliated companies. In total, the last race brought in over six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) for the Flying Doctor's Service.
Pat Ingram gave a vote of Thanks.