Community Projects

Hand Brake Turn

Creating Opportunities for life
The Rotary Club of Keilor is a proud supporter of Hand Brake Turn, an organisation who helps turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people. Hand Brake Turn provides hand’s on training in automotive skills for young people aged 15 to 19 who have difficulty within the mainstream education system. After eight weeks of intensive automotive training along with social skill development, students are rewarded with a Certificate 1, followed by up to 12 months of job search and personal support.
At a recent graduation ceremony the Rotary Club of Keilor handed over a cheque to Hand Brake Turn using a part of the funds raised at the recent Keilor Rotary Club Car Show.  Our club also supports HBT by sending them old cars for students to restore for sale or to use during their training.
An example of the Rotary Club of Keilor working in our local community.

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Women's Health Project

With the support of the Brimbank City Council’s Community Grants Program, a Rotary Club of Keilor, Women’s Health Project proceeded in two parts in August and September 2011.

A Women’s Health Forum on Sunday 28 August featured outstanding speakers on the 5 most significant women’s health issues in Brimbank:

  • Depression – Debbie Spillane, ABC Presenter & beyondblue Ambassador

  • Type 2 Diabetes – Prof. Lily Stojanovska Msc, PhD, School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Victoria University

  • Heart Disease – Kathryn “Chook” Taranto, Heart Foundation Ambassador.

  • Breast Cancer – Robin Curwen-Walker, North Western BreastScreen

  • Jacky Tucker – Manager, Family Violence Services, Women’s Health West

In light of the extensive lead up promotion and advertising which occurred via health, community and Council affiliated groups across the community, and in local newspapers delivered to every residence in the municipality, the attendance was very poor. This poor attendance, in part at least, tells us something about how most Australian’s see their health – and that is, “it’s not something to worry about until it really is”. Such an attitude of indifference represents a massive challenge for the health industry and for government – and it is, to some degree, a factor contributing to the escalating rates of a range of medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, in our community.

Notwithstanding that disappointment, the feedback from attendees was overwhelming, both in relation to the quality of the speakers and the information presented. The consistent comment was “those who weren’t here don’t know what they missed”.

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Royal District Nursing Service - Christmas Bags

Christmas Bags for the Royal District Nursing Service



In the lead up to Christmas for the past four years, the Club has supported the local Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in bringing some Christmas cheer to that service’s most housebound, restricted and isolated clients.

The project normally involves the provision of  up to 100 Christmas Shopping Bags into which we packed Christmas “goodies” (primarily small food items and personal grooming products) for distribution by local Royal District Nurses. 

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Community Health Project

In February 2010, with the support of a Community Grant from the Brimbank Council, the Club undertook a three part Community Health Project.

Part 1, on Sunday 7 February, saw fourteen health information provider organisations participate in a Health Expo at our monthly Market.  The Keilor Hotel generously made its Functions Marquee available and this allowed us to give the high quality displays a very professional appearance - something which helped attract many positive comments on the Expo. 


Part 2 of the project, on the evening of Wednesday 10 February, took the form of a Men’s Health Forum

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Elderly Citizens Luncheons

 A number of the clubs members support a retired member who hosts luncheons for residents of Aged Care facilities in Melbourne’s north and west.  The luncheons have been held at Sylvia Kirwan's home where between twelve and twenty four aged care residents are warmly welcomed by Sylvia and her volunteer friends.  This opportunity for the Aged Care residents, not only offers them a day out, but provides a complimentary luncheon prepared by the volunteers, as well as the warm touch of personalized attention

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