Posted by Barry Anderson on Dec 06, 2018
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.
 
"Assisting our Closest Neighbours”Water Project, Timor Leste 2018  Barry Anderson 2018-12-05 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Coote on Dec 04, 2018
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
Help our Farmers - Come ‘on, buy a Bale!  Robert Coote 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Coote on Dec 04, 2018

Special Olympics Australia Athletes to Soar and Roar 
from Kirribilli and Luna Park sites!

                                 
 
On Sunday 9 December 2018, luxury car brands and motorbikes from around NSW will make their way to Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the ‘Soar and Roar’ festival to celebrate Special Olympics Australia Athletes, their families, support networks and importantly to raise much-needed funds. 
100% of the money raised through donations from participating motorcar drivers, motorbike participants and event attendees, will go towards the creation of an arena for athletes to exercise, have fun and make life-long friends.
 
Two sites in the North Sydney area will form the start for some of the event participants.  Broughton Park at Kirribilli will be the starting point for Team “Lotus” with approximately 20 cars expected to participate.  Around the corner at Luna Park, athletes will climb on to 25+ high powered motorbikes – for a trip of their lifetime.
 
Please donate and give generously at the following site: https://www.soarandroar.com.au/donation
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge, in conjunction with North Sydney, North Sydney Sunrise, Mosman and Chatswood Rotary Clubs will be coordinating the event at the two venues on the day.
 
 
Soar and Roar Robert Coote 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Eurell on Oct 18, 2018
Join us to Clink for a Cause
 
Organised by the Rotary Club of Northbridge 
 
(With all profits going towards helping disadvantaged youth locally and third world health and education needs)
 
We celebrate the wines of Mudgee with winemaker and bon vivant Johnnie Furlong.  Johnnie will showcase local wines and outline the history of wine in the region 
Complemented with delicious canapes, music and some early Christmas shopping ! Andrew Rennie is our gracious host at Gallery 307 Art School, 307 Sailors Bay Road Northbridge.  Tickets $45pp (+ booking fee)
 
On Saturday 24 November 2018 at 6:00pm (to 8:30pm)
 
Book now to avoid missing out – numbers are limited
 
 

Join us for a great local night out, support Rotary & meet your local Rotarians !

 

Bookings only via: www.trybooking.com/YPCJ

(or search Trybooking.com for clink)

Clink for a Cause Karin Eurell 2018-10-17 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Eurell on Sep 09, 2018
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. 
Second Bridge Day a Big Success Karin Eurell 2018-09-08 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Grey on Sep 03, 2018

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
Assistance Provided To Kids Cut Off From School By Cyclone Debbie  Liz Grey 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Eurell on Sep 03, 2018

Outgoing Northbridge Rotary President Derek Matz said it was really humbling to have been President of the Northbridge Rotary Club, a position held in high esteem in every community and club around the world. 

The past 12 months have been “A Good On Ya” year and Rotary has continued to play a part in many community and international projects.  

One of the highlights of the year was the Visioning exercise with all members contributing to the development a clear Vision (strategic plan) for the Club for 2023. 

President Derek also praised the Club’s members for their continuing loyalty, service and willingness to volunteer in their busy lives.  He congratulated his Board for their hard work and presented Geoff Duggin, a long-term member, with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

 
His final task was to initiate the Incoming President, Ranald Stewart.
 
Ranald has been a member of Northbridge Rotary since 2008 and has played a pivotal role in the running of the club. He has held the position of Director of most if not all the committees of the club, the last being Foundation. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Ranald is a long-term Northbridge resident. He is a former small business owner and has been an active swimmer and cyclist. With his wife Marillyn he has been extremely supportive within the Northbridge Community of local sporting clubs and organizations with the objective of preserving the suburb has a most desirable location to live.
 
Annual Change Over Dinner Celebrates End Of One Presidential Term And The Initiation Of Another  Karin Eurell 2018-09-02 14:00:00Z 0
Help our Farmers - Come ‘on, buy a Bale!  Robert Coote 2018-08-05 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Coote on Jul 20, 2018
The support of the local community was fantastic.  Despite questionable weather, almost 2000 people converged onto Northbridge Oval for what was yet another spectacular Rotary Community Fireworks event in May. 
 
120 Rotarians, friends and supporters alike, did a fantastic job behind the scenes, putting it all together.  Stellar musical Band performances by students from Northbridge Public School, Cammeray Public School and Willoughby Girls High, really brought the evening alive.
Other entertainment included Kids rides, lots of food from the Rotary BBQ’s and other offerings from several of our local business Sponsors. 
Fifteen minutes of “snap, crackle and bang” then set the night alight!
 
Funds raised by the evening were just short of $30,000.   Much of this provided support to several local and international projects. 
 
Local beneficiaries included EarlyEd, who provide early education support for local children with disabilities; Taldumande Youth Services, supporting vulnerable and homeless children in our region; The Rural Fire Service, and other Rotary projects working toward the eradication of Polio throughout the world, and other projects aiding research into dementia.  These though, are only a small section of entities that Rotary would like to assist and support.
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge greatly appreciate the support of our majors supporters for this event – being AMP Capital/Northbridge Plaza, Commonwealth Bank, Willoughby Council, Coates Hire, Ray White, Anytime Fitness Northbridge, The Northbridge Hotel, BeachLife Physiotherapy, All Occasions Pyrotechnics, Borusso’s, BackVintage Wines, Castlecrag Montessori School, and last but not least, the Rural Fire Service. 
 
The Northbridge Community fireworks are only one of many events organised by Northbridge Rotary that provides aid to local support entities, who, in turn, help individuals in need, in our community and throughout the world.
Northbridge Rotary Fireworks go off with a bang!  Robert Coote 2018-07-19 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Burnet on May 17, 2018
I am honoured to advise you ShelterBox has been nominated for the 2018  Nobel Peace Prize, the winner to be announced in October.  Whatever the result, this is an amazing nomination and we are truly honoured. The nomination reflects the incredible work done by the ShelterBox staff and volunteers around the world, and to those who have supported us, especially the many Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.
 
The nomination is also an implicit recognition of the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International.  Two great organisations combining their efforts to provide disaster aid wherever it may be required across our world.  I am reminded that last year we helped 32,000 households, or 160,000 people, who had lost everything through conflict or natural disaster. We responded to world events 24 times in the year and deployed aid to 20 different countries. Rotary groups around the world helped us provide vulnerable people with emergency shelter and aid in almost all of the countries we have worked in affected by natural disaster.  In 2017, we also surpassed the highest number of days ever deployed in one year. This includes 84 ShelterBox Response Team volunteers who deployed for a total of 1,530 days. That’s an average volunteer deployment of 18 days each.
 
I never underestimate the impact of the support of Rotary International, Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarian has to ShelterBox in achieving our goal of no family without shelter.
 
As we continue to pursue our goal, we thank each and every one of you for the support given, and make an impassioned plea for that support to continue into the future.  As individual organisations we can make a difference in the world; as a partnership we can do even more.
 
Thank you.
 
Rowley
 
ROWLEY TOMPSETT  CRLSS  FICDA  JP
Chair
 

SHELTERBOX NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Ian Burnet 2018-05-16 14:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Burnet on May 03, 2018
Through the commitment of our supporters, ShelterBox can provide emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by conflict and natural disaster.
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge - through our various events and via generous donations received from members of the community, has been able to provide equivalent to 57 ShelterBoxes at the cost of $1000 each to ShelterBox Australia since 2007.
 
Each of these boxes is given a number which can then be linked to its ultimate deployment   in disaster areas around the world.
 
Below is a list which shows box number, related disaster and deployment location of 48 of the Shelterboxes that have been deployed by Rotary Club of Northbridge.
 
ShelterBox (https://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/about/) will have a display at the Northbridge Rotary Community Fireworks Event on May 12th, 2018.  Come along, have a look, and consider a donation to this worthy cause.
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORTHBRIDGE DONATIONS TO SHELTERBOX – BOXES PURCHASED
DATE
BOX NUMBER
DISASTER
DEPLOYMENT
2007 – April
OZ 1698 & OZ1700        
Volcanic Eruption       
Rabaul PNG
2007 – December
AUS2566
Humanitarian
Swaziland
2008 – April
AUS2810 
Cyclone
Burma
2008 – June
AUS3972 – 3978 (7 boxes)  
Humanitarian
Swaziland
2008 – June
AUS4020
Floods
Nepal
2008 – July
AUS4453 & 4454       
Conflict
Somalia
2008 – December
AUS4849
Floods
Namibia
2009 – February
AUS4979 
Conflict
Pakistan
2009 – June
AUS5791
Earthquake
Java
2009 – June
AUS5893
Earthquake
Java
2009 – November
AUS7069 – 7071 (3 boxes)
Floods
Peru
2010 – March
AUS8280 – 8282 (3 boxes) 
Earthquake
Haiti
2011 – February
9671 – 9676 (6 boxes)   
Typhoon
Philippines
2011 – February
9774
Tsunami
Indonesia
2011 – June
10332 – 10335 (4 boxes)
Floods
Columbia
2011 – September
10696
Conflict
Sudan
2012 – September
11401
Floods
Pakistan
2012 – September
11494 – 11498 (5 boxes)      
Floods
Pakistan
2013 – March
11903 & 11904        
Earthquake
Solomon Islands
2013 – April
11938
Typhoon
North Korea
2013 - September
12367
Floods
Bolivia
2013 – December
S.B. appeal. $6,000 donation
Typhoon Haiyan       
Philippines
2014 – November
13058
Conflict                        
Niger
2015 - February
13206
Floods
North Korea
2018 – March
Donation to be deployed
(2 boxes)
 
2018 – April
Donation to be deployed
(1 box)
 
 
DO SOMETHING. SHELTERBOX      https://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/ 
 
 
10 Years of support - ShelterBox put families first!  Ian Burnet 2018-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2018
Six local residents received prestigious awards at Northbridge Rotary Club’s annual Pride of Workmanship dinner on February 20. The awards were presented by NSW Premier and Willoughby State Member the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP.


 
Ms Berejiklian said that she was honoured to once again present the Rotary awards, which celebrated people in the community who excelled at their work or as volunteers but who might otherwise not be recognised.
 
 
Lesley Berry received a Community Service award for her volunteer work over many years at Northbridge Golf Club in developing and maintaining the beautiful gardens surrounding the approach and entrance to the club house.
 
David Herridge won a Community Service Award for leading 1st Northbridge Sea Scouts as a volunteer for several years. Among other achievements, David organised the annual Christmas tree sales as a fundraiser for the Scouts.
 
A Pride of Workmanship award was presented to Tim Sheerman who has given several years’ valuable service to the Chatswood-based charity Streetwork. Tim has been responsible for assisting many young people who have found themselves on the street..
 
John Vaughan received a Pride of Workmanship award for his unique expertise and commitment to Australiana flags. In a career over many years, John maintained an office in Northbridge where he conducted his flag business.
 
A Pride of Workmanship award was presented to Keryn Ward, who was general manager of Northbridge Plaza shopping centre for several years. During her time at the Plaza, Keryn ensured that the Plaza participated in many community events and provided substantial sponsorship to such events, including Rotary’s annual fireworks display on Northbridge Oval.
 
Geoff West received a Community Service award for organising four years ago a Justice of the Peace desk which was freely available to the public at Northbridge Library. Later, he organised a second desk at Northbridge Plaza.  The desks are manned by a roster of up to 10 local JPs, all of them volunteers.
 
At the end of the evening, Northbridge Rotarian Garth Carter, the organiser of the event, thanked the Premier for giving her valuable time and also thanked the support of the nominators of each awardee. “This is one of our club’s most anticipated events of the year,” Garth said. “It is so important to recognise the people in the community who make it a better place.”
ROTARY CLUB HONOURS LOCALS  2018-03-24 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ian Burnet on Mar 25, 2018
 
The Northbridge Golf Club and the Northbridge Rotary Club organised a charity golf day on 24 February.
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Golf Club, players, and Rotary volunteers we raised over $2000 for Shelterbox,
which provides emergency help to victims of natural disasters.
 
Here is a photos of Ian Burnet presenting a $50 bar voucher to the lucky Lani McDowell.
Northbridge Golf Club Supports ShelterBox Charity Ian Burnet 2018-03-24 13:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Grey on Mar 05, 2018
Northbridge Rotary Club has helped to build a new school in a remote area of Nepal which was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2015. Part of the funding for the project was raised by the club through the generosity of Northbridge residents.
 
 
 
The new school building at Bhakanje village, high in the Himalayas at 2,386 metres, was opened for use in February 2018. At the opening, the villagers of Bhakanje, the school’s teachers and students, and the two managers of Himalayan Project in Nepal expressed their gratitude to the community of Northbridge for their humanitarian support to this devastated community. A brass wall plaque was fixed to the building reading:
 
The reconstruction of this building in 2016‐17 is funded by Rotary Club of Northbridge,  Sydney, Australia and the people of Northbridge in cooperation with Rotary Club of Kathmandu and Himalayan Project Nepal 2017.
 
The new school building has a total of four classrooms, one being a nursery for small children. The stronger, longer-lasting building replaces the original school building which was mainly destroyed by the 7.7 force earthquake. The new building’s brick walls and truss roof are of earthquake-resistant design. The walls are lined with wooden panels to help insulate school students from the cold.
 
The new Bhakanje school is said to be one of the most beautiful and functional schools in that region of Nepal.
 
Rotary Club of Northbridge managed the reconstruction from October 2016 until February 2018 in cooperation with Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Himalayan Project Denmark and Himalayan Project Nepal.
Northbridge Rotary builds new school in Nepal  Liz Grey 2018-03-04 13:00:00Z 0
Northbridge Rotary Club held another successful Senior’s luncheon on Saturday 3 March 2017 at St Marks Hall in Tunks Street Northbridge.
 
Inclement weather did not deter 80 guests from attending the annual lunch for seniors in our community. They were attended by over 30 hardworking Rotarians and friends, who served a delicious three course meal with  appropriate refreshments.
 
Guests were entertained by a talented young local violinist and they received gifts provided by Northbridge Compounding Pharmacy or a complimentary coffee card from the Inner Cravings Café  in the Northbridge Plaza.
 
A special prize was awarded to Mr  Geoff Lamb who, at 103 years of age, was the oldest  in attendance.  
Community - Rotary Lunch for Senior Citizens 2017-03-29 13:00:00Z 0
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