Northbridge Rotary Community Food Drive 2020
 

Posted by Peter Russell
 
 
Saturday 26 September shone a bright light over Northbridge. From first light they came bearing gifts of love – by car and on foot, trailing children, dogs and each other. The blue uniformed brigade of Northbridge Rotary was there to meet them – about 40 in all, bright eyed and Covid safe. From early morning the first shift was beginning to receive and unload a continuous flow of non-perishable food supplies, making sure the donors went away with a smile. Northbridge Rotary’s Community Food Drive was in full swing.
 
By mid-morning, the alcoves and stairs of St. Marks Anglican Church Memorial Hall in Malacoota Road were bulging with rows of food boxes and packed shopping bags. The pace ebbed and flowed as people trailed in and out. When the two charity collection vans from Taldumande Youth Services and StreetWork had departed fully laden late that afternoon, there was still a supply of food remaining and Oz Harvest obliged with a collection of the remaining donations the following morning.
 
In all, it is estimated the Northbridge and North Shore community contributed to over a tonne of non-perishable food supplies that filled over 100 boxes and 50 shopping bags – enough for 2,400 meals or sufficient to feed a needy family of four for 18 months.
 
Liz de Rome, Taldumande’s Grants, Community and Volunteers Officer summed the impact of this event up perfectly:
“I wanted to share that as we dropped off bags and boxes of food to our young people, they were so grateful for their generous parcel. This morning, one young girl nearly cried (and me) as she couldn’t believe her luck. She wasn’t sure how she was going to make ends meet this week. The generosity of the community and Northbridge Rotarians has helped fill the pantries of our young people and they’re so grateful.”
 
The final comment belongs to the Northbridge Rotary event organiser, Eleanor Chevor: “What a day!”
 
Peter Russell
Publicity Officer
 
 
Northbridge Rotary Community Food Drive 2020  Peter Russell 2020-10-07 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary and its GPEI Partners Celebrate Eradication of Wild Polio in Africa
 

 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
 
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
Rotary and its GPEI Partners Celebrate Eradication of Wild Polio in Africa  Robert Farrar 2020-09-03 14:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Rotary Invests in New President

 

Posted by Peter Russell on Jul 17, 2020
At a special ZOOM On Line Changeover Meeting held on 7th July, Kevin Tattrie was inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Northbridge for the 2020-21 year.
 
Kevin is an expatriate Canadian who has called Australia home for almost a generation. 
Born and raised in Ottawa, he is the 3rd of 4 adopted children. He attended college in Ottawa then worked there during the 1980s and early 90s before travelling on business to Australia in the mid-1990s. 
 
In 1997 Kevin was posted to Sydney to assist with his Ottawa-based company’s expansion into Asia where he was beginning to travel frequently.  For the next 13 years he based himself in various NSW locations, initially in Northbridge, then on the Central Coast. In 2010
he settled permanently in Willoughby. The following year, Kevin co-founded an Australian system integration company called The Forms Agency which is located in North Sydney.
 
Kevin joined the Rotary Club of Northbridge in November 2015 and has been a board member for 4 years, 3 of those as Youth Director.
In 2018, he received Rotary’s highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
 
The Rotary Club of Northbridge, says Kevin, provides the perfect avenue to service projects on a local level (as with our youth programs), the national level (as seen with our bush fire and drought relief appeals), and internationally (as with our water projects in East Timor, and projects in Nepal).  It is amazing to be involved with an organisation with a truly global impact as we see with the Rotary International Project to End Polio.
 
Kevin is the proud father of a daughter who turns 21 this year.
Northbridge Rotary Invests in New President  Peter Russell 2020-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Rotary Zooms on Through COVID19 Restrictions

Posted by Peter Russell on Jul 17, 2020
During the COVID19 public and social gathering restrictions Northbridge Rotary Club continued meeting using Zoom remote online meeting tool.
 
The photo shows members participating at a meeting only a few weeks ago – at hopefully our last Zoom meeting. 
 
On Tuesday 14 July we transitioned back into our regular club meeting at the Northbridge Golf Club, with all the necessary social distancing rules being implemented.  We can only hope this is a time of renewal not just for ourselves but for everyone who has had to manage their life in social isolation in recent months.
 
Northbridge Rotary Zooms on Through COVID19 Restrictions Peter Russell 2020-07-16 14:00:00Z 0

Dine In for a Cause Raised Funds to help the Vulnerable in our Community

Posted by Sally O'Neill on Jul 16, 2020
Our traditional Rotary Club fund raising activities have been halted in recent months by the social isolation restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus.
Members of the club have come up with a few innovative ideas to raise funds to help the needy in our community.
 
On the 4th July the club ran “Dine-in for a Cause” fund raising event.
 
The Dine-in for a Cause event was attended by 32, mainly Rotarians, over 4 Host homes. It included a Quiz and a Silent Auction, raising $1,425 all up, with the funds going to Phoenix House, a charity located at Crows Nest over the last 30 years, providing early intervention and support services to the most vulnerable and challenged young people living in Northern Sydney.
 
In total $2,000 was raised from our recent Dine-in for a Cause fundraiser - to Phoenix House and has been gratefully received.
Dine In for a Cause Raised Funds to help the Vulnerable in our Community Sally O'Neill 2020-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Rotary Provides Local and Overseas Disaster Assistance

Posted by Peter Russell on Jul 16, 2020
Local and international humanitarian disasters have become the new norm and the Rotary Club of Northbridge has been involved in assisting wherever possible. Recently COVID-19 has received the bulk of media attention. Before that it was the eastern seaboard drought and bushfires. Then, in April, Cyclone Harold devastated parts of Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
 
COVID-19 has considerably reduced Northbridge Rotary’s 2020 fundraising capability, including cancellation of its major fundraiser, the annual fireworks. Prior to this, the Club had raised $29,580 to aid those areas in NSW affected by the bushfires and drought.
 
With some of its remaining funds, the Club has committed $22,500 towards building a Community Pavilion at Kiah on the NSW south coast and repairing gardens around the Boomerang Centre in severely fire-damaged Mogo near Batemans Bay.
 
The Kiah Pavilion was completed 25th July and an official opening is planned for 8 August and we hope some members of Northbridge will be able to attend.
There is a story on the Rotary Club of Merimbula website if you would like to take a look please click on the link below.
 
 
 
Internationally, the Club has been asked to assist in the fight against COVID-19 by the Rotary Club of Kathmandu in Nepal.
Covid-19 cases have increased significantly in Nepal since late May with tens of thousands of migrant workers returning home from India and Nepal commencing a phased reopening in mid-June. 
 
With the assistance of other local Rotary Clubs, Northbridge Rotary has been able to donate $10,000 to help with the purchase of PPE equipment for medical staff, installing hand washing stations in strategic locations and supplying food for orphanages and others in need, as the photo(s)on this page illustrate.
 
Peter Russell
Publicity Director
Northbridge Rotary Provides Local and Overseas Disaster Assistance Peter Russell 2020-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Report on two Rotary Bushfire Appeal Projects
 

Posted by Peter McNair on Jul 16, 2020
3 weeks ago Sally, Valda and I along with 2 friends took a 5 day road trip down the south coast to support local communities and at the same time checked out the two projects that our Rotary Club has supported, namely at Mogo and Kiah.
 
The Mogo project near Batemans Bay   Sally, Valda and I met with representatives from the Batemans Bay Rotary Club and visited the Boomerang Indigenous Centre where our Club had agreed to partially fund to the tune of $5,100 a landscaping project, which involved the tidying up of a landscaped area and replanting.
 
Mogo had been devastated by the fires with several buildings lost and it was interesting that the Batemans Bay RC were very involved with restoration by operating a Hub in Mogo, where counselling services are available as well as computers available for use by the local community.
 
The Kiah Pavillion project   Whilst our group was in Bega I drove south to Merimbula to meet up with representatives of the Merimbula RC who drove me south past Eden to the little village of Kiah to see the pavilion  project where our Club has contributed $22,500 in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Bega, Merimbula and Pambula.
 
The concrete slab has now been poured and the structural steel is now being manufactured.
 
After the inspection I returned to Merimbula and participated in their face to face Changeover Dinner where our contribution to the Kiah project was gratefully acknowledged, knowing that Rotary Clubs working together can make a difference.
 
Thank you to everyone in our community who contributed generously towards our Northbridge Shopping Centre bucket appeals, BBQs' fund raising and other activities.
 
Peter McNair
Report on two Rotary Bushfire Appeal Projects  Peter McNair 2020-07-15 14:00:00Z 0

Talented Rotarian Combats Cabin Fever & Put Self-Isolation to a Good Cause.
 

Posted by Sally O'Neill on May 19, 2020
COVID 19 has severely impacted the ability of Northbridge Rotary Club to raise monies to support our various Charities, so one of our talented Rotarians has found a way to
combat cabin fever & put self-isolation to a good cause.
 
She has been busy knitting various children’s items from headbands, baby comforters, owl mobiles, snail cushions, toy animals & scarves.
These would make ideal gifts for children, grandchildren or those of friends & relatives and you would be helping our Rotary Club with much needed funds.
Another option if you don’t have anyone to gift to, then choose an item and we’ll donate it to a child in our country areas which has been devastated by the droughts, bushfires and now the virus! Many of these families would not have the spare cash nor the ability to purchase their children a gift for that special occasion. Every item will come with a gift tag stating that the knit has been hand-made by a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Northbridge.
 
As these gifts are knitted to order you have the option of choosing your own colours.
Looking forward to your support.
 
The cost of these knitted items have been generously donated and prices range from $10 to $40.
 
Photos and costs of these knits are below (or on the next page)
 
You can make your payment directly to Northbridge Rotary’s Charity Account - BSB 032 199, Account 901063 and then email your order to Eleanor -  erchevor@yahoo.com
Talented Rotarian Combats Cabin Fever & Put Self-Isolation to a Good Cause.  Sally O'Neill 2020-05-18 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Northbridge presents Pride of Workmanship and Community Service Awards
 

Posted by Karin Eurell on May 03, 2020
 
On 10th March 2020, Rotary hosted its annual Pride of Workmanship Awards to celebrate outstanding vocational and community service.  
 
The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, presented the awards to the following very worthy recipients:
 
Community Service Awards  
 
Eileen Ablett - Elaine has organised the Combined Probus Club of Northbridge guest speakers for the past 12 years and was a charter member of Probus when it commenced in April 1999.  
 
Michelle Barry - Michelle, on a voluntary basis, organises food for the parents of premature babies in the neonatal wards of RNSH. This indispensable service is vital for the parents of babies who are sometimes in hospital for months. Understandably the parents find it difficult to take breaks for meals.  Michelle has recently established another community project to support healthcare workers during the current global pandemic.
 
Rosemary Bekker - Founder and president of Willoughby Friends of Ossu. Rosemary (Rosie) uses her skills in Project Management, Business and Education to lead projects that have resulted in meaningful and rewarding benefits for the people of Ossu. Rosie’s love of Timor-Leste grew from teaching Timorese refugees in the 1980’s in Victoria, Australia.
 
Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade - The award was presented to Captain Luke Robinson and Senior Deputy Captain Simon Adams, representatives of Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade (which is Northbridge’s local RFS). Luke and Simon, in effect, represent all members of NSW Rural Fire Services. The award is made in recognition of the extraordinary work and dedication over many months that the Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade have made as well as all of the State’s volunteer fire fighters. Their work is ongoing and even though the fires have been extinguished there is much work to be done in overhauling and renewing equipment. 
 
Pride of Workmanship Awards
 
Dr Michael Burke - Michael retired just before Christmas 2019 having practiced, except for break of 4 years, as a GP in Northbridge since 1981. Over that time Michael has treated up to three generations of Northbridge families. Michael graduated in 1977 from the University of Sydney and was awarded Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners in 2000. Over many years Michael has treated patients in Castlecrag Private Hospital, at several nursing homes in the area as well as many residents of Northbridge and Castlecrag.
 
Dr Tim Clark - Tim retired late 2019 having practiced as a Dentist in Northbridge for a number of decades. Tim is the last of three generations of Clarks who have practiced as Dentists in Northbridge. Tim took over his father’s practice which his grandfather opened over 90 years ago. Many of Northbridge’s residents have been patients of Dr Clark. Tim has a fine reputation for a meticulous standard of competence and a bright and breezy disposition to put people at ease when visiting a dentist.
Rotary Club of Northbridge presents Pride of Workmanship and Community Service Awards  Karin Eurell 2020-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Peace Fellowship Scholarship

Posted by Karin Eurell on Mar 17, 2020
The Rotary Club of Northbridge is offering a Peace Scholarship in 2020-21
 
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace.
 
These links explain the scholarships and where they are offered.
 
 
and
 
 
Applicants should consider the objectives and criteria carefully before applying.
This scholarship program is fully funded by The Rotary Foundation.
To discuss this opportunity please contact Valda Andrews
 
Email:    valda_andrews@yahoo.com.au or Call on 0416 576 669.
 
Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship to the Rotary Club of Northbridge, PO Box 80, Northbridge, NSW 2063, by 30 May 2020.”
 Rotary Peace Fellowship Scholarship Karin Eurell 2020-03-16 13:00:00Z 0

First Box Opened at Christmas

Posted by Derek Matz on Feb 09, 2020
 
 
 
Photo captions:  The educators opened the box with mannequin torso at Christmas, and they were thrilled.  It is the first clinical equipment that the hospital education team own themselves.  Thanks so much 😊🙏Marg
A cry for assistance is certainly not uncommon in developing countries, especially when it concerns medical equipment. Northbridge Rotary Club heard the cry through two of its members Liz Grey and Ros Virtue, and immediately took up the challenge of fulfilling the needs of one of our closest neighbors, East Timor.     
 
At Dili National Hospital, there are currently 12 Clinical Nurse Educators of which two are midwives. This year they became recognised as the first Timorese Clinical Nurse Educators at the Hospital to teach new nurses, midwives and student nurses on the wards. 
 
Margaret McDonald-Ashe, a Nurse Educator for St John of God Nursing Development Program in Timor-Leste said “There is no budget allocation available for teaching equipment at the Hospital or the rural hospitals. We need assistance to carry on this really important work”
 
Past President Derek Matz ( Northbridge Rotary Club ) said “we managed to purchase or obtain via donation the vital pieces of equipment that were requested – mainly 2 adult and 2 child mannequins, a laptop and projector, stethoscopes, thermometers, 12 oxygen saturation monitors, a defibrillator with 10 batteries, bandages, medical tape and much more.”
 
“We can now continue the fantastic work the educators are doing, and even take on a few more people to move into the rural areas and train them as well.”
 
Margaret couldn’t thank Northbridge Rotary Club enough along with all the people who donated the equipment.
First Box Opened at Christmas Derek Matz 2020-02-08 13:00:00Z 0

Applauding the Generosity of our Community

Posted by Don Landers on Feb 09, 2020
 
 
Photo caption: 
Dave Banks (left), President, Nambucca Rotary Club presenting a cheque to a member of the community.
 
 
Photo caption: 
L-R:  John Turner, Marko Delatovic, Nick Hillyard and Peter Grinter.
Rotary President, Peter Grinter, presents cheque to Nick Hillyard for BlazeAid at the Charity Fundraiser at Northbridge Golf Club on 24 January.
Over the recent months our nation has been beset by numerous disasters on a national level. As you are no doubt aware your local Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Northbridge, has approached you to assist us in raising funds to help alleviate, in some way, the suffering occasioned to our fellow Australians. We, the members of the Club, have been blown away by the response and generosity of the members of our local community to our requests.
 
 In October last year we conducted a bucket appeal at the Plaza for funds for the relief of drought-stricken farmers and we raised an amount just shy of $20,000.00. This was followed the next month with another bucket appeal at the Plaza to raise funds for victims of the bushfires then devastating the mid north coast of New South Wales which raised just under $16,000.00. Two months later we were back again asking for money for the victims of the fires then raging down the South Coast and nearly $26,000.00 to date has been raised. This is a grand total of some $61,500.00.
 
In dealing with funds raised by means of these appeals when, quite often, there are national appeals being conducted to raise substantial funds for the same cause, we have found that while the needs of the individual victims of the particular disaster are being helped financially by those national appeals, quite often community amenities are destroyed. However, the repair or replacement of those amenities which would greatly assist the devastated community achieving some return to normality do not qualify for assistance and literally fall through the cracks. To overcome this problem, we try to work with the local Rotary Club in that area and direct funds to helping restore those amenities and allowing the local community to rebuild as an interacting community.
 
In the middle of all this we conducted our regular annual ‘Tree of Joy’ at the Plaza to solicit Christmas presents for The Smith Family’s Annual Toy and Book Appeal for underprivileged children. This appeal resulted in our collecting enough presents to fill 24 waist-high, 75 litre, self-standing green plastic garden bags. Another magnificent effort by the local Community.
 
We, the members of the Rotary Club of Northbridge, wish to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our Northbridge Community and to place on record our sincere thanks and gratitude for the material and financial assistance you have provided so readily when asked by us.
 
Where does the money go?
“Two people cried as they were so overwhelmed by Rotary generosity”
Karin Eurell
In typical Rotary fashion, we partner with another Rotary Club that is located close to the disaster zone.  In this case, we connected with the Nambucca Rotary Club and the $15,000 raised from our first bucket appeal has been distributed already to where it is badly needed.
Nambucca Council provided Rotary with contact details of the 38 people who registered for Council assistance as they had lost their home in the bush fire.
The 38 names and phone numbers were allocated to 6 Rotarians to call and present them with a cheque for $300.
The President of Nambucca Rotary told us: “I have called 6 people so far, two cried as they were so overwhelmed by Rotary generosity.”
A further $1,400 is being donated to Out of the Ashes for porta loos –for people who have lost their home and are living in a tent.
The balance of $2, 200 will go to BlazeAid to assist farmers in the area by providing fencing materials which will be purchased locally.
Applauding the Generosity of our Community Don Landers 2020-02-08 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Treats 744 School Kids to a Day at the Zoo

Posted by Karin Eurell on Nov 24, 2019
 
Children from the Wellington district enjoying their day out at the Dubbo Zoo with BBQ lunch.
 
Rotarians in Action: 
Members of Northbridge and Wellington NSW at the Dubbo Zoo
Photo: Cheetah, Dubbo Zoo
The Rotary Clubs of Northbridge (Sydney) and Wellington (NSW) have embarked on a joint project to support the families of drought-affected communities in Western NSW.  There are 744 primary school kids from the Wellington District and they are all being treated to a day at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo including a BBQ lunch. 
 
The project is being run over a 7-week period. Rotarians from Northbridge are driving there to connect with their fellow Rotarians in Wellington and to jointly run the BBQ. Northbridge President, Peter Antaw, said that of the families: “The children are suffering as well, most of them don’t understand the financial and extreme pressures that their parents are going through.”  The families are anxious about their future but there is also much determination to keep their communities alive.
 
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, with areas in NSW facing the prospect of running out of water by mid-2020.
The Burrendong dam is now at 4.5% capacity and dwindling rapidly.
The crisis is severely impacting the Wellington area and so special treats like a visit to the zoo is just not possible for many locals and their families.
 
3000 muesli bars, supplied free by Nestles, as well as 744 sausage sandwiches and a cold drink will be given to the children of the district which includes regional small towns such as Geurie, Mumbil, Stuart Town and Euchareena.
 
The joint project was launched on 11th September and Channel 7 Prime TV attended the Zoo to film the event. ABC Morning Radio interviewed the Presidents.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed their day with most of them citing  the Cheetahs and Meer Cats as their favorites.
 
Ben Shields (Mayor of Dubbo Regional) and Daryl Thompson (Headmaster of Wellington Primary) also attended the launch. They both congratulated the Rotary Clubs for identifying children as the hidden victims of the drought.  President Greg Hart of Wellington Rotary also thanked Northbridge Rotary and the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society for their very generous contributions to the project, and for driving up from Sydney to help at the BBQ’s. Without Northbridge, Wellington would not have taken on this project.
Rotary Treats 744 School Kids to a Day at the Zoo Karin Eurell 2019-11-23 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bridge Day

Posted by Sally O'Neill on Sep 06, 2019
The Club’s third annual Bridge Day was held on Friday 23 August and was a great success, with 19 tables of bridge players and a net profit of $4,062 made. This means just over $2,000 to each of the beneficiary charities for the day - Rotarians Against Malaria - PNG, and Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale.
 
The event was held at Northbridge Golf Club, and the service was excellent. Our bridge playing guests loved the venue and the sandwich lunch provided. Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney officially opened the event and told everyone what wonderful projects the Club has been, and is, involved in together with details of where the funds raised are spent. Then two of our Rotarians, Susan Law and Barry Anderson, spoke about the charities of the day, prompting our guests to buy even more raffle tickets. We are very grateful for the many prizes donated to the Raffle by generous Rotarians.
 
Thank you to the 10 Rotarians who volunteered their help on the day and the ladies who made the delicious cakes and slices for our guests’ lunch. Finally, thanks to Fay and her friend Filanphie who ran the Gift table, showing off Filanphie’s talents as an artist and cook of beautiful chocolates and fudges and to Amy Brittain for donating her homemade jams and bath salts.
Rotary Bridge Day Sally O'Neill 2019-09-05 14:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ladies Karin Eurell 2019-08-03 14:00:00Z 0

32 years of fireworks at Northbridge.
You bring the family.  We’ll bring the fun.
 

Posted by Karin Eurell on Mar 26, 2019
 
Saturday May 11 will celebrate the annual community fireworks event organised by the Rotary Club of Northbridge.
Over the past 32 years, community support and attendance at this event has grown to more than 4000 and funds raised will go toward helping local disadvantaged youth and people at risk.
 
Gates open at the Northbridge Oval, Sailors Bay Road, at 4pm with live music provided by Northbridge and Cammeray Public Schools and Willoughby Girls High School.
There will be rides and other entertainment for the children, including face-painting; hot food from the Rotary BBQ, ice creams, fairy floss, cold drinks and coffee will be available.  The highlight of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks display at 7 pm. 
 
MC for the occasion is voice over artiste Jake Downs whose father John Downs, a previous President of the Rotary Club, was the first MC 32 years ago!
We wish to extend an invitation to all families to come along; support a great cause, and enjoy a great night out!  Bring a picnic basket and a rug and enjoy the fantastic community atmosphere.
 
Entry: Adults $15, Children (5-15 years) $5, Families (2 adults & 2 children) $35.
Credit card facilities will be available at the gate and food area.
 
For more information please contact Karin Eurell on 0412 468 884,
Email: publicrelations@northbridgerotary.com.au
32 years of fireworks at Northbridge.You bring the family.  We’ll bring the fun.  Karin Eurell 2019-03-25 13:00:00Z 0

Community - Cyclone Debbie Assistance Final Report
 

Posted by Karin Eurell on Mar 22, 2019

Funds raised by Northbridge Rotary via a bucket appeal at Northbridge Plaza have been put to good use as reported below.
 
During Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, the Sarina Range in Queensland experienced a massive landslide that effectively cut off 16 families (30 students) from the school campus.  Education Queensland quickly established accommodation for the isolated students.  However, suddenly and rather traumatically, the 30 students and their families had to adjust to changed life circumstances, grief and loss, separation from their previous school community and increased cost of living to travel extended distances to access shops, doctors, workplaces and other social supports such as scouts, sporting activities and dance.
 
This project, funded by the Northbridge Rotary Club totalling $3255, provided support for children’s skill development (swimming classes) and social interaction with peers at Inter school athletic activities. These monies paid for bus services to transport children between schools, then on to the swim classes and their athletics carnival. Without this grant the school, P&C and students would have been financially disadvantaged and unable to provide the access and learning opportunities that were offered to the students at the temporary accommodation.
 
The Rotary Club of Sarina and the Swayneville State School students, parents, teachers and community are thankful to the Northbridge Rotary Club and Townsville District 9550 Disaster Management grants that facilitated the social, and emotional well-being of these school children, alleviated a potentially onerous financial burden on the P&C and parents who were already financially disadvantaged. Your financial and club support has provided joy, growth, opportunities, personal development, pride, skill and water safety in all the children of the Swayneville State School Campus. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
 
Dianne Barnett
Secretary, Rotary Club Sarina, Qld
Community - Cyclone Debbie Assistance Final Report  Karin Eurell 2019-03-21 13:00:00Z 0

Youth - Rotary Helps Local Youth Leadership Development

Posted by Karin Eurell on Mar 22, 2019
The Rotary Club of Northbridge is building on their long-standing support of youth with expanding support across 6 different youth specific, leadership and experience focus programs. The outcomes of these programs continue to motivate the club to build on these programs with increased support.

Among these programs are high school leadership, science, engineering and experience programs.  One of these programs is RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) aimed at year 9 & 10 who want to build their confidence and self-esteem. RYPEN provides young people the opportunity to build leadership potential, encourages them to explore their ideas in problem solving, team activities, and experiences that will assist them in forming their own values. RYPEN is about building confidence and developing skills to cope in a range of situations. The Rotary club of Northbridge has doubled it’s support of this amazing program from sponsoring 4 awardees each of the last 2 years to 8 awardees this 18/19 year. Follow this link https://rotarydistrict9685.org.au/page/rypen for more information about RYPEN.
 
Youth - Rotary Helps Local Youth Leadership Development Karin Eurell 2019-03-21 13:00:00Z 0
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"Assisting our Closest Neighbours”
Water Project, Timor Leste 2018
 

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

Help our Farmers - Come ‘on, buy a Bale!
 

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.
Help our Farmers - Come ‘on, buy a Bale!  Robert Coote 2018-12-03 13:00:00Z 0

10 Years of support - ShelterBox put families first!
 

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

Northbridge Rotary builds new school in Nepal
 

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
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