Community project

Keilor Rotarian Continues work in Wycheproof

Keilor Rotarian David Bourke continues his work helping the Wycheproof community as the town opens a Bakery and a Butcher's Shop. David has been helping the bakery purchase the equipment needed to open the bakery by visiting auctions room around Melbourne seeking out the required equipment at the right price.

Please see attached story from the Weekly Times under Read More


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Keilor Rotary Club Supporting Youth Sport in our Community

The Rotary Club of Keilor recently sponsored the "Coaches Awards" for the second yesr in a row the awards were presented to members of the Keilor Junior Cricket Club at its annual presentation afternoon on Saturday March 19th. The awards are part of the Rotary Club's Community and Youth projects, the club works with Keilor and surrounding communities






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11 Years of Christmas Bags for the Royal District Nursing Service

Inside Story Fundraiser a Huge Success

Our November "Inside Story" community event conducted in conjunction with the Westgate Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Keilor Bowls Club proved an outstanding success when an enthusiastic capacity crowd of 160 turned out on the night.
Compered by Sandra Nicholson, retired Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police & Chair of the Westgate Blue Ribbon Foundation, attendees heard much about contemporary policing and local Brimbank policing, as well as getting an insight into police investigations undertaken to solve some of Victoria's most notable crimes from Superintendent Glenn Weir, Divisional Commander, Brimbank Division, Victoria Police and Charle Bezzina ex-Victoria Police, Homicide, Drug, Armed Robbery & Internal Investigations.
The Keilor Bowls Club venue, the make up of the audience, the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters, and to mingle informally during the light supper intermission gave the event a true community feel.  The enthusiasm on the night was reflected in a beyond expectation profit approaching $5700 (plus a private donation of $200 on the night direct to the Blue Ribbon Foundation) from ticket sales, a raffle and silent auctions on the night, and a post event raffle.  All of this profit will go to the Westgate Blue Ribbon Foundation to support it in funding new and improved emergency facilities in western suburb public hospitals in memory of fallen police officers.
We are most grateful to the support of the Westgate Blue Ribbon Foundation for its assistance in making the night such a great success, to Superintendent Glenn Weir and Charlie Bezzina for so generously giving us their time, and to the Keilor Bowls Club for donating the venue and undertaking the catering - such catering being the subject of many positive comments and being in such quantity that we were able to donate the excess to the Corpus Christi Hostel in Greenvale.
The profits from the event were largely attributable to the very generous donations provided by supporters. The Club and the Westgate Blue Ribbon Foundation are indebted to them for their great support.


Thank you to all who gave great support to our Inside Story fundraiser and associated raffle ticket sales.  The 100 raffle tickets (all sold) in the speedcar passenger experience raffle were:
Yellow D01 - 20, Red A01 - 20, Blue B01 - 60  The winner of that passenger experience in the two seater speedcar at Bacchus Marsh speedway (which we drew at Keilor Bowls Club in the presence of Rotary Club of Keilor President Ted Haydon at 6pm Wed 17th December) was Ticket RED A18 won by  Tim Lang.  
Thank you again to those who purchased raffle tickets - I know there will be a number of you relieved that you did not win!!!!1

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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.

  • THE program is now for six months
  • It is Certificate II AUR20912 in Automotive Body Repair Technology

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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Rotary at Work at Keilor Village Pre-school

The following article appeared in the Star Newspaper on 30th April relating to Keilor Rotary Club at work in the Keilor community

THE OLD and new have combined at Keilor Village Pre-school to produce a perfect playground project – including the cubby house occupied by Jemma, Makeylar, Thomas and Owen.
As part of the Rotarians at Work Day on Sunday 21 April, Rotary Club of Keilor members joined parents at the kindergarten to take part in a Keilor 150 legacy project.
With support from Bunnings Taylors Lakes, the Rotarians and families donated their time to upgrade the kindergarten’s grounds.
They landscaped the garden, installed a watering system, planted fruit trees, repainted equipment and fitted out new play equipment including a pretend rowboat.
Brimbank City Council chairman John Watson thanked the Rotary Club for its work.
“Keilor 150 is all about bringing the community together,” he said.
“Throughout 2013, Keilor 150 offers a diverse range of events and activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of local government in Keilor.
“This project is an excellent example of how community groups can work with the wider community to achieve beneficial outcomes for everyone.
“This project will be a lasting legacy of not only Keilor 150 celebrations but for 50 years of Rotary as well.
“The council is delighted with the works at the pre-school, which has brightened the centre for students, parents and teachers to enjoy – congratulations to everyone involved on a job well done.”

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Keilor Rotary Club Makes a Difference in Wycheproof

CITY-BASED David Bourke has made a big difference to Wycheproof, writes GENEVIEVE BARLOW in the Weekly Times

Ambassadorships usually come after a time in the diplomatic corp, learning the art of diplomacy. They're important titles; their bearers play key roles linking and representing people from another country or place. So it is with David Bourke.
David lives in Keilor, works in Alphington near the heart of the city, and travels 80,000km a year around the state in his job in recycling for Amcor, but he's also the unofficial ambassador for the town of Wycheproof, a world away in northwestern Victoria.
Laugh not, for his role has brought great riches to the little town of about 700 people, one of the few in more isolated areas in Victoria beyond the magic 1.5-hour city limits that's recording a rise in its school population.

"We gave David an ambassador award; it's for people who don't live in the community, but who do so much for us," says resident Jacinta Miller. "It's a service-above-self award." The relationship began many years ago when David, whose family owned the meatworks at nearby Donald in the '70s, suggested to his Rotary Club at Keilor (where he was the then president) that they put something into a country area.

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Good Citzens Awards

Keilor Rotary Club recently awarded Good CItzens Awards to Jessica and Julian from St Augustine's Primary School Keilor.

This years recipients were both very worthy winners.  Both students have had leadership positions at St Augustine's in their senior years where they have demonstrated through their actions their committment to helping others.  However many students demonstrate these same attributes.  Both Jessica and Julian have gone beyond what has been expected.

Jessica and Julian show kindness and consideration to others and set a good example to the younger students in the school.  They are respectful of adults and use their initiative when extra help is required.  Both students are well mannered and polite, and are recognised as such by the student body.  Both of them have a quiet inner strength that will stand them in good stead as adults in their chosen secondary schools.

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Medical Equipment Reissue Project

The Rotary Club of Keilor, together with a number of other Rotary Clubs in Melbourne’s west, has established a program to facilitate the placement of donated second hand mobility & lifestyle aids into the community where such placement is endorsed and requested by a health, allied health, aged care, disability service provider etc as meeting a need that cannot otherwise be met in a reasonable timeframe because of its urgency, lack of access to funding etc.

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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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