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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Northbridge

Northbridge

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Northbridge Golf Club
Sailors Bay Road,
Northbridge, NSW  2063
Australia
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Rotary Club of Northbridge
PO Box 80
Northbridge
NSW 1560
 
 
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Speakers
Senior Constable Jenni Brown
Dec 18, 2018 6:30 PM
Preventing Identity Theft
Dr Shane Geha
Jan 29, 2019 6:30 PM
Urban Planning
 
 
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The Rotary Club of Northbridge was founded in 1983 and is part of Rotary International, the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service above Self
You are welcome to come to one of our meetings, join a lively social group, make 50 new friends, and see how you can make the world a better place !
 
Home Page Stories
Three years ago, on my first morning in Dili, I looked through my hotel window.  A constant stream of women and children walked past carrying water containers.  They were getting the day’s water from the local pump where, even in Dili, few dwellings have piped water.
 
In villages away from Dili, few buildings have piped water. The women and children walk – often some distance – to a local spring for water.  This unsatisfactory situation is tolerable in the wet.  However, in the dry season, this walk can take even longer – too long for some girls to get to school therefore impacting on their education.
 
But even this is not the most urgent issue.  The schools, medical clinics and market places often lack running water.  A reliable water supply at these communal facilities would vastly improve community sanitation and hence public health.
 
The Northbridge Rotary Club’s first water project in Timor Leste focused on this issue.  The project is at Lete-Foho, a community located 3 hours’ drive south west of Dili and it involved the following:
 
  • A 5 kw pump to lift water 190 metres from a spring to header tanks.
  • These tanks supply, by gravity, additional tanks at three schools, a medical clinic and the market place.
  • The Global Grant Scheme of Rotary International provided the required funding - US$36,000.
 
Northbridge Rotary wish to thank the local community for their tremendous support during our recent ‘Drought Appeal’ fund raising efforts.  In total, Northbridge Rotary has raised $20,000 from our various BBQ’s, book stalls and bucket collections. 
 
$10,000 of this has been directed via retail shopping vouchers to farmers in the North and West Regions of NSW.  Working with the team from the Rural Financial Counselling Service in the Central Region, we have aimed to directly aid farmers most in need.  The vouchers enable farmers to purchase groceries at their local supermarket and this helps to stimulate local retail trade and keep people employed in rural towns.
 
A further $9,000 has been distributed via our Rotary colleagues in Longreach, who are working closely with the Western District Drought Committee in Queensland. Again, 100% of all donated funds are directly redistributed via retail vouchers to drought impacted households.
 
 
Also, with the assistance of our local cafés in Northbridge, Cammeray, Neutral Bay and Willoughby, Northbridge Rotary have collected a further $1,000 for the Rural Aid ‘Buy-a-Bale’ appeal.  We thank all those local participating businesses for their support and encourage everyone to patronise these cafes and donate loose change into the little green barrels on the counters.  Every dollar donated helps.
 
Aside from our local commitment; our National campaign has also made a massive difference.  Working in with the Channel 9 “Today Show”, Westpac and the National Farmers Federation, the Rotary Australia World Community Services team have raised more than $10 million in support of drought-stricken farmers since the Appeal launched in August.  Please visit our web site https://www.northbridgerotary.org/ for a regular update on how funds are being allocated.
 
For many in our rural community, the recent rains have barely made an impact.  With the seasonal change, and all things working in their favour, many of our broad acre farms are unlikely to see a crop until mid to late 2019.  Psychologically and financially, when you virtually have to start over again each time, that’s tough going!
 
The Drought may be out of the Press, but the challenge continues. Please help our rural communities to get back in production and help keep our food prices down.   Please visit our ‘Drought Appeal’ post on our website (www.northbridgerotary.org ) and please donate.
100% of funds donated to this Rotary appeal are allocated to helping our drought affected community.
 
Bottom photo of Rotarian Peter McNair on his visit to to the Rotary Club of Longreach, QLD to present funds donated for distribution to drought impacted households

Northbridge Rotary Club has partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Sarina and Townsville to assist 30 children who, due to a massive landslide on the Sarina Range in the Queensland hinterland and consequent road closures, can no longer safely get to school.  The main campus of the Swayneville State School is now a 70 minute drive over a dangerous dirt road. 

The Education Department has set up a secondary campus of temporary classrooms on CWA land on the Sarina Range (pictured below).  While the children’s education is now being catered for, the families are cut off from their normal services and the children from their friends and activities
such as dental checks, sports, and swimming lessons.
 
The road will be reopened at the end of this year.  Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Northbridge has funded a periodic bus service which enables
both the parents and students to get to town, access services and participate in school activities.  This service was funded by generous donations
in a bucket appeal held at Northbridge Plaza.
Cyclone Debbie hit the north Queensland coast between the towns of Airlie Beach and Bowen on 28 March 2017 and was a category 4 storm with wind speeds up to 263km/h.  Northbridge Rotary raised a total of $6300 via a bucket appeal at the Northbridge Plaza and gave $3290 to the Sarina Range project and $2983 to the Lismore club for play equipment for the school
The Rotary Club of Northbridge held its second successful Bridge Day on 30 August 2018.  Eighty-four guests played a full day of Bridge and enjoyed a delicious morning tea and lunch with a glass of wine at Northbridge Golf Club. 
 
Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney opened the event and spoke to the Bridge-players about Willoughby Council initiatives, including the upcoming Spring Fair.  She then introduced speakers from the two worthy causes that benefit from this event.  Firstly, Rotarian Barry Anderson described the Rotary Water Reticulation Project in East Timor and how an entire community will have access to clean, running water. Then Steve Jones spoke about Kids Like Brett, a local charity that donates life-saving medical equipment to children’s hospitals. 
 
The Club raised $3,500.00 from ticket sales and a raffle with fabulous prizes including a beautiful quilt made by Elva Alma, family passes to the Maritime Museum, hair products and a voucher from Glamourpuss Salon and dinner vouchers for the Harbourside Restaurant. 
Many of the guests attended for the second year in a row and are already looking forward to next year’s event for a delightful day of Bridge while raising funds for worthwhile local and international causes.