Christmas 2016 has seen the twelth year in which the Rotary Club of Keilor has supported the local Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in bringing some festive cheer to that service’s most housebound, restricted and isolated clients.
The project involved the provision of 100 Shopping bags into which we had packed Christmas goodies including Christmas cake/plum puddings, small food items, personal hygiene, grooming and household products.
The appreciation received from this project begins when the bags are delivered to the RDNS and we witness the anticipation with which the Nurses look forward to bringing Christmas joy to their patients through the efforts of our Club. A small number of the bags were placed directly with, and received similar appreciation, from, some needy recipients of whom Club members were personally aware.
In undertaking this project, the Club had great support from a number of businesses. We are indebted to them for that support and they can be well pleased at the joy evidenced on the faces of recipients of the bags at what, for many, can be a very lonely time.Again this year the Rotary Club of Keilor collected donation from local business and Rotary members in the Keilor and Niddrie areas to make up Christmas hamper bags for the lonely, isoleted members of the local community. The Christams Bags were delivered by Royal District Nurses to clients they had identified.
A well attended changeover saw the changing of the guard from President Tom Barber to President Frank Mizzi. A District 9800 Citation was awarded to our Club for achieving a minimum of 15 activities during the year. A very successful year, raising in excess of $77,000 to fund a variety of projects, locally and internationally. Well done to all of us. A Double Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow was presented to David Bourke from the District 9800 Leadership Team and Leon Lewi and Ted Haydon were presented Paul Harris Fellows by our Club. Harold Simpson was also recognised for his continuous work at Camp Getaway, his second home. Congratulations to all. Our Assistant Governor Leslie McCarthy was also presented with her Certificate of Appreciation from District Governor Julie Mason. We thank President Tom for this efforts over the past 12 months and we look forward to continuing the great work of Rotary under the leadership of President Frank.
The Rotary Club of Keilor is held its 10th annual Car & Vintage Bike Show on Sunday the 1st May 2016 in the grounds of the historic Keilor Hotel
As always, all profits from the Car Show will be directed towards Rotary projects. The principal beneficiary this year will be a pre-sentence program focused on preventing alcohol and risk related trauma among young people - particularly arising from dangerous and hoon driving (run in conjunction with the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court, Victoria Police and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Trauma Service). Each program involves 30 young road offenders in a confronting three part counselling and face to face experience regime (including with victims and families of serious motor vehicle accidents) before returning to Court to present their individual program experiences, and its impacts on them, prior to sentencing. Evidence of the success of the program is that just 9% of its participants are seen in Court again within one year.The program is run by The Youth Junction Incorporated (a not for profit which manages the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine and which consolidates youth services in the complex youth demographic that makes up the Western Region of Melbourne). On Tuesday 21 June (6pm for 6.30pm to 8pm) our Club will be meeting at The Visy Cares Hub at 70B Harvester Rd, Sunshine to hear about the pre-sentence intervention program and to present a cheque for $5000 from Car Show profits to help fund the program for the next year. To see photos from the Car Show held on Sunday May 1st, Cntrl Click on the link below
The Rotary Club of Keilor welcomed the students of Wycheproof P-12 College at Keilor Sports ground on Monday 2nd May as they stopped for a meet & greet with Keilor Primary School & Catholic Regional College North Keilor students, to stretch their legs and to have lunch, prepared by the wonderful ladies committee of the Keilor Bowls Club with some of the goodies supplied by Senserrick's of Keilor & Fergusson Plarre. There were certificates of appreciations exchanged between the three schools and the kids had a blast playing & socialising with each other. At Night the Wycheproof students are enjoyed Candlebark Farm facilities for their overnight stay in Healseville and the following day they visited the Healseville Sanctuary. There are many businesses, Rotary Clubs and individuals who have supported this fantastic event and they will be acknowledged in a future post. We hope the Wycheproof students enjoyed this special excursion and that many fabulous memories are made
The Rotary Clubs of Keilor Tullamarine and East Keilor Held a 12 hour Super Swim on Sunday 29th November to raise funds for the Melbourne Melanoma Foundation which faclitates research into the prevention and treatment of Melanoma, funds were also raised for Holloway House a local Aged Care Facility and other local charities. Six lanes of the East Keilor Lesiure Centre were fully occupied with swimmers for the ful 12hour session. The team from East Keilor Rotary were awarded the trophy for the team which completed the most laps. It was great to have teams from Kangan Youth Foyer Millera Medical Center and Holloway House joing Rotary teams in the swim. A cheque for $7,000 was presented to Thre Melbourne Melanona Foundation at the club meeting of Keilor Rotary on the 9th February. additional cheques will be presented to Holloway House and Spinal Research by the East Keilor and Tullamarine Rotary Clubs in the near future
Essendon Footballer Dyson Heppell presented awards to swimers and sponsors, it all it was a day enjoyed by all who attended raising funds