This past week on the 23rd February marks the 112th anniversary of the founding of Rotary. For that past 5 years our club has been celebrating the occasion by visiting the Gold Coast Hospital and providing birthday gifts to the mothers of babies that were born on the 23rd February. The gifts contained a variety of useful items for new born babies.
PDG Brian Heaton and Val did a fantastic job buying and packaging the gifts for the new mums. Brian originated the idea for celebrating the Rotary birthday by providing gifts for the new little Aussies, an idea which has now been taken up by other clubs.
Tony Jensen the new manager of the Bendigo Bank, Paradise Point Branch also participated in our event at the Gold Coast Hospital. The Bendigo provided a number of gifts for the new arrivals and their mums including $50 in a start-up account at the bank for each child, and a piggy bank!
The new mums also deserve a big thank you for letting us share their special day!
We are urgently raising funds to pay for the costs of sending a shipping container to PNG.
The container is packed with donated medical equipment from local hospitals. The equipment is desperately needed in the remote areas of PNG. This vital humanitarian aid will save and transform the lives of the people of PNG
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Wednesday 7th September - proved to be a successful symposium for Queensland Health, Primary Health Network and Rotary Runaway Bay. In particular, there were many expressions of appreciation for our Rotary Club. Professor Ian Hickey was impressed that the event was organised by just one Rotary club.
Bond University rose to the occasion by providing excellent facilities and sumptuous morning, afternoon teas and lunches.
The symposium committee met monthly over several months to plan the day and kept things rolling towards a very successful symposium. A great effort by all involved. This year's was theme - 'Suicide Prevention' - we sincerely hope that the symposium has in some way contributed to a deeper understanding and increased awareness of this societal challenge
Most of our Club have by now, some idea of the work that Del Cole has been doing, but few have actually witnessed the way she has operated. She is without doubt a force of nature!!
Del has worked with a number of Rotary Clubs as an individual, but the demands of her good works have grown to the point where she can’t do these justice. What Del is now doing is a scaled down version of the “Donations In Kind” (D.I.K) function of Rotary, the difference being that Del personally has carried most of the costs, including those of the fourty foot high-top container that she recently sent to Madang. D.I.K in Brisbane has the backing of two Districts and at one stage were shipping a twenty foot container per week. The current cost of shipping a twenty foot container is approximately $5000. There are no prizes for guessing the cost of shipping a forty foot high top container!
Below are some images of ‘Del’s Shed’ at her business premises, which is already holding enough donated medical equipment to half fill a twenty foot container!! Once the container is full the aim is to send it to Lae in PNG as quickly as possible. In the interim the club will be working to raise sufficient funds to transport the container to its destination through a range of activities currently being developed.
A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.