Holloway House Project

 

 

Holloway Hostel Aged Care Community Hub

The Rotary Club of Keilor has had a long association with the Holloway Hostel Aged Care Facility and helped with the construction of the Aged Care Facility many years ago.   It’s a pleasure to help them again with their latest venture, “The Community Hub”.
The concept is to have a building that that can be used in a similar way to Men’s-Shed by special interest groups within our community, to use and share with like-minded residents.   It will be available to small community groups who will be joined by residents with similar interests to allow them to socialise with the wider community while being in the safe easy to reach environment.
The Rotary Club of Keilor has taken the lead on this project using the skills of many of our members and their business, to provide significant building works, to fire proof the building, significant plumbing works, painting and concreting of a pathway. All of these tasks required detailed project management and negotiation skills. Thanks to the donation by club members providing free of charge building materials and significant donations of time the project is nearing completion. The project has been funded with the assistance of a Federal Government Grant and fundraising by the Rotary Clubs of Keilor and Keilor East

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Mission Accomplished - Balibo Village

Mission Accomplished

 
Volunteers Ross & Virginia McMillan sign off in Balibo
The past 6 months have been among the most productive in our 8 year involvement with the Balibo Community, in Timor Leste.
Rotary Volunteers, Ross and Virginia McMillan have left their mark on the towns civic buildings and in every resident’s heart! Six (6) months was not ever going to be enough time to build and fix all that is necessary & desirable for the community, but so much was accomplished!
Virginia taught English at the Community Learning Centre (CLC), at the San Antonio Boardinghouse School (Balibo Convent) and to the staff at the Fort House Hotel. She also home-schooled their 10 y.o. son, Charlie.
Ross started by making improvements & building a new toilet at their rental home. (lucky landlord!) Then added a room and installed a new water-tank at the Balibo 5 Kindergarten, the kindy now has a capacity for 80 kids. The CLC was a BIG winner: The English Language classroom got a new roof and the Resident-Volunteers apartment got new stairs. The Cafeteria was expanded & improved and there is new water-tank. There is also an improved storage room and a brand new Mechanic’s Training Shop.
Ross also supervised the construction of the Victorian Government funded new Conference Room at the Fort House Hotel and made significant improvements to the fresh water supply to the hotel and the CLC complex.
Importantly, the larger Kindy, the Conference Room, the Cafeteria and the Mechanic’s Shop will add 8+ permanent new jobs. The buildings are all used for Vocational Training of aspiring mechanics, cooks and waiters. Ross & Virginia were sponsored by RC Port Melbourne and RAWCS, but all the above works, materials and labour, including the yet to be delivered fit-out for the Conference Centre and Mechanics Training Shop were funded by the Rotary Balibo Partnership, made up by RC’s of Keilor & Port Melbourne [District 9800] Berwick, Pakenham & Mitchel River [District 9820] and RC Windsor, NSW. A very generous District 9800 Grant was also part of the funding for these projects.
We welcome back Ross, Virginia and Charlie and thank them for their generosity and humanity. Our thanks also to Michele Ranking, Rufina, Marino and Mario at the CLC, and everyone at Balibo House Trust, for their help and support for our Rotary Volunteers.

Paul Harris Awards at President's Lunch

At the recent President's lunch three Paul Harris awards were presented to two memebrs and a members partner for services to Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Keilor

Harold Simpson (Sapphire), Glenda Bryson & Carmel Bourke

Christmas Bags for the Elderly

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.

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Rotarian John Dean rewarded with Royce Abbey Award

 

John Dean was presented with the Royce Abbey Award for his enthusiasm

and commitment to the ideals of Rotary though his dedicated service to our club's many projects since joining Rotary

Keilor Rotary Supports Wycheproof Students on a trip to Healsville

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

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Helping Young People in Our Community

Recently the Rotary Club of Keilor in conjunction with the Rotary International Foundation provided ten Laptop Computers to assist with the training of young disadvantaged and disengaged youth from the Western Suburbs of Melbourne at Hand Brake Turn. www.handbraketurn.org.au

 

Hand Brake Turn is an organisation dedicated to turning the lives of young people around and to give them employment skills. The computers will be used by students as they complete online training modules whilst learning general computer and keyboard skills

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Rotarians at Work Day

This year Keilor Rotary Club participated in the Australia Wide Rotary project "Rotarians at Work Day" by working with the parents and teachers of Keilor Primary School in Keilor Village to upgrade the school playground known as Bulldogs Hill. This will be an ongoing project with the school community to carry out further improvements to the playground in the coming months.

 

                        

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