Posted by Peter Russell on May 13, 2022
Many would have seen the North Shore skyline light up with the Northbridge Rotary Club’s annual community fireworks on the evening of 7 May.  And what a spectacular afternoon and evening of fun, food and entertainment it was. 
Well done to all those involved. 
The event, attended by some 4,000 people, raised close to $50,000 which the Northbridge Rotary Club will use to support a range of worthy charities and causes. 
Our special thanks to Willoughby  City Council and to Northbridge Plaza for what is now our 30th year of joint partnership with them for this event. Northbridge Rotary Club President, John Gidney, is photographed presenting a plaque to the Plaza management commemorating this achievement.
Comedy for a Cause & Dinner Evening Peter Russell 2022-05-10 14:00:00Z 0

Fireworks Raffle Winners

Posted by Alan Hession on May 11, 2022
Thankyou to everyone who bought tickets in our fireworks raffle.
Winning ticket numbers are as follows;
 1. Ticket 0313 Major Prize: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Overnight stay in Zoo Lodge for a family
                        of 2 adults & 2 children. Including the family entry pass to the Zoo. 
2. Ticket 0568 1 night stay at the InterContinental Hotel Double Bay.
3. Ticket 1891 Scenic World Blue Mountains Family Pass 2 adults & 2 children. 
4. Ticket 1523 Taronga Zoo Sydney Family Pass 2 adults & 2 children.
5. Ticket 1563 Back Vintage Wine
6. Ticket 1508 Hamper of mixed goods from Northbridge Plaza Shops.
Fireworks Raffle Winners Alan Hession 2022-05-10 14:00:00Z 0


Posted by Peter Russell on Mar 25, 2022
Saturday 7th May 2022 will mark the 35th year of Northbridge’s landmark annual night of Fireworks on Northbridge Oval, Sailors Bay Road, organised by the Rotary Club of Northbridge. 
This year also marks the 30th year of partnership between the Rotary Club of Northbridge and Northbridge Plaza, which is again the major sponsor of this spectacular evening of entertainment.
Together, Northbridge Plaza and The Rotary Club of Northbridge have hosted monthly bookstalls, food drives, bucket appeals, Christmas raffles, the Tree of Joy at Christmas as well as the annual community fireworks. These events are critical in allowing Rotary to support a diverse range of causes locally and beyond.
In recent times, community attendance at the event has grown to over 4,000 and funds raised for local charities have been close to $50,000. 
Gates will open at 4 PM and the FIREWORKS display will start at approximately 7 PM. 
Entry: Families with an adult: $40      Adults: $15      Children: $5
Credit card facilities will be available at the entry gate on Sailors Bay Road, at the food area and at the entertainment/rides area. 
This year there are exciting new refreshment options being provided by a number of food vans as well as rides and other entertainment for the children.  These include the traditional Rural Fire Service display, live music by local schools, face painting donated by Forsyth Real Estate, a raffle with multiple prizes and more.
Families and friends from the length and breadth of Sydney are invited to join us on the day to support those who are in need.  We guarantee you will have a ball!  Bring a rug and buy a pizza, paella, satay, hot chips, coffee or gelato from our food vans then relax and soak up the community atmosphere.

Tree of Joy Appeal a Success

Posted by Eleanor Chevor on Feb 03, 2022
The 2021 annual Christmas ‘Tree of Joy’ appeal, organised by the Northbridge Rotary Club, was a tremendous success - given the restricting circumstances we all faced - the Northbridge Community once again generously showed their support in donating around 300 Toys & Gifts to disadvantaged children & distributed through the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Naremburn & Narang Muru - an Indigenous Community for Youth in the Fairfield area.
We know these toys & gifts brought happiness & joy to hundreds of children at Christmas & this inspires the Northbridge Rotary Club to continue this annual appeal with the support of the Northbridge Plaza & the Community.
Tree of Joy Appeal a Success Eleanor Chevor 2022-02-02 13:00:00Z 0

5/6th February Tonga Volcano & Tsunami Relief Appeal

Posted by Peter Russell on Feb 02, 2022
Thank you to all shoppers who donated to the Northbridge Rotary Club a bucket appeal on the weekend of 5/6 February, at Northbridge Shopping Plaza, raising funds for those in Tonga who have lost their homes, possessions and in some case family members to the recent volcano and tsunami. 
Special thanks to 2 school boys Will Hyde & his friend Alex (pictured) who helped with our appeal. Both Wil and Alex have spent time in Tonga as part of a post school volunteer program, but unfortunately were pulled back early due to COVID, hence their interest.  They have been in contact with the school principal in Tonga to let them know what is being done here to support them.
5/6th February Tonga Volcano & Tsunami Relief Appeal Peter Russell 2022-02-01 13:00:00Z 0

2021 Rotary Christmas Raffle Winners

Posted by Peter Russell on Dec 21, 2021
The Mayor Of Willoughby Draws The Winning Christmas Raffle Ticket
2021 Rotary Christmas Raffle was drawn on 19th December.
The prizes and winning tickets are;
1. Luxury Cabin Cruise on Hawkesbury River for 6,
    including lunch & drinks
    Nancy, ticket # 1559
2. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
   2 Nights’ accommodation for 2, including breakfast
   Audrey, ticket # 1234
3. Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay
   1 Night accommodation for 2, including breakfast
   J. Rush, ticket # 1648
4. Bunnings
    5 x $100 Vouchers
    Emma, ticket # 1327
5. Evolve Health & Fitness
    Personal Training Course
    Ben, ticket # 1061
6. Borruo’s Restaurant
    Restaurant Voucher
    Martin, ticket # 1658
A total of $6,900 funds was raised and all funds will be used to support local, regional and international Rotary projects
Thank you to all members of our community, businesses who donated prizes, to support our Christmas raffle.
2021 Rotary Christmas Raffle Winners Peter Russell 2021-12-20 13:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Rotary Salutes the Women of Flores - Eastern Indonesia

Posted by Peter Russell on Nov 23, 2021
In 2021 the Northbridge Rotary Club donated $3,000 to the Nusa Tenggara Association (NTA), an Australian-based NGO which has been assisting poor farming communities in parts of eastern Indonesia. The money was allocated to women from 6 different weaving groups with the opportunity to earn a better income by producing diverse products with hand woven cloth on the eastern Indonesian island of Flores, one of more than 550 Islands of the Nusa Tenggara Province.
Flores is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia, with an average income of less than a fifth of the national average. Twenty-seven percent of the population earns less than a dollar per day, malnutrition and stunted growth there are common and primary school enrolment remains low in this Covid-affected area.
The NTA, through its peak partner NTA Indonesia, is supported by over 250 people in Australia and other countries and is governed by an elected Board. It draws on small networks of people committed to working voluntarily on fund-raising, monitoring, liaising with project participants and sharing technical expertise. It is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is a member of the Australian Council for International Development. This ensures it has systems and measures in place which meet Australian standards, including in the areas of fraud control, accountability to donors and child protection
Members of the Flores Island community sewing group pose with their new heavy-duty machines.
Luke Keighery
Director International Service
Rotary Club of Northbridge

Northbridge Rotary Salutes the Women of Flores - Eastern Indonesia Peter Russell 2021-11-22 13:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Rotary Monster Christmas Raffle

Posted on Nov 21, 2021
 Raffle tickets on sale at Northbridge Plaza between 10am to 4pm on the following weekend days:
  • 26th, 27th & 28th November 2021
  • 3rd, 4th & 5th December 2021
  • 17th, 18th & 19th December 2021
Northbridge Rotary Monster Christmas Raffle Peter Russell 2021-11-20 13:00:00Z 0

Monthly Rotary Bookstall Sales Keep Growing

Posted by Peter Russell on Nov 20, 2021
Thanks to Northbridge Plaza management, the Northbridge Rotary Club bookstall continues at Northbridge Plaza on the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 5pm.
Our next bookstall is on Sunday 22nd May 2022
The Club is selling a range of adult fiction at $4 each plus childrens’ books at $2 each; all in mint condition and sales continue grow each month.
Books can be purchased with cash or via credit card. As always, all of the money raised from these sales goes to a range of worthy causes. 
Monthly Rotary Bookstall Sales Keep Growing Peter Russell 2021-11-19 13:00:00Z 0

Northbridge Answers R.C. Kathmandu Call for COVID Medical Assistance

Posted by Peter Russell on Jul 12, 2021
52 Oxygen Concentrators Purchased by RC of Kathmandu Using Donations from Northbridge & Partner Clubs
54 Units of 10 L Oxygen Concentrators are ready for handover to the concerned health institutions.
RC Kathmandu appreciates the effort of Club members and partner clubs for making this happen.
One of those “partner clubs” is the Rotary Club of Northbridge
Northbridge Answers R.C. Kathmandu Call for COVID Medical Assistance Peter Russell 2021-07-11 14:00:00Z 0

Flood Relief Assistance for Telegraph Point School Children

Posted by Peter Russell on Jun 14, 2021
Year 2 students were very thankful for the donation of winter jackets and school readers
A ROTARY Club partnership has delivered a special gift to the students of Telegraph Point Public School.
A donation worth more than $9,000 will keep the 130 students warm this winter while also replenishing the book shelves.
The generous offer is more welcome news for the school community with every family impacted in some way by the devastating March floods.
Wauchope Rotarian Diana Reynolds reached out to the Northbridge Rotary Club in Sydney to make the donation possible. Northbridge Rotary Club raised funds from their local community.
Northbridge Rotarians Eleanor Chevor, Kevin Tattrie and Peter Russell delivered the new winter jackets and readers at a special presentation on Tuesday, June 8.
Principal Duncan Adams said the community generosity shown towards Telegraph Point School has been overwhelming and reaffirms the human spirit is alive and well.
The school's prime minister Leeara Elford and deputy prime minister Shaylee Wilcox thanked Rotary on behalf of the students.
 "It has been really refreshing for the children to be back on site," Mr Adams said.
The entire school was relocated to Hastings Secondary College's Westport campus after the floods while six new demountable buildings were installed at the school site.
"To have the consistency of school every day is very meaningful in their lives when many of them have lost everything in the floods.
"We have a lot of families who have lost everything, and many who are still displaced."
The tender process for the school's rebuild has closed with construction to commence later this year.
This article is an edited copy of a news article printed in the Port Macquarie News on 8th June 2021.
Flood Relief Assistance for Telegraph Point School Children  Peter Russell 2021-06-13 14:00:00Z 0
Northbridge Golf Club Members Support Rotary for an 11th Year Robert Farrar 2021-05-09 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Global Grant Scholarships

Posted by Peter Russell on Feb 16, 2021
Every year Rotary District 9685 – which includes Sydney’s Lower North Shore region - offers a post-graduate Global Grant Scholarship for US$30,000 for overseas study at a recognised university or institution.  
Applications for a scholarship grant for 2021-22 are now open and are being sought from candidates with the following attributes:
  • A proven record of success in academic results or vocation
  • Commitment to a career in one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to community service
  • Personal qualities to be a good ambassador for Rotary and Australia
  • Excellent leadership skills and potential
  • Well defined and realistic goals
  • Commitment to participate in Rotary activities and maintaining a strong relationship after the scholarship period.
Scholarship applications are sponsored by a Rotary Club in your district. For example, in District 9685, candidates can apply through the Rotary Club of Northbridge.  This Club’s Rotary Foundation director, Valda Andrews, can be contacted via:
Email:,  on 0416 576 669 or via:
The Rotary Club of Northbridge, PO Box 80, Northbridge, NSW 2063
Scholarship applications must be received at your local Rotary club before Friday 26 March, 2021.
Application forms can be downloaded via the link:
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. The following link contains additional information in relation to Rotary’s Peace Fellowships:
Rotary District Global Grant Scholarships  Peter Russell 2021-02-15 13:00:00Z 0

Thank You Northbridge for your Generous Support

Posted by Kevin Tattrie on Feb 15, 2021
Below are photos of the new erected Northbridge Plaza signage for the Northbridge Rotary Club.
Thank you Northbridge community for your continued generous support all these years.
Thank You Northbridge for your Generous Support Kevin Tattrie 2021-02-14 13:00:00Z 0

The "Don" of Northbridge 

Posted by Peter Russell on Jan 16, 2021
He’s not renowned for his cricketing prowess, nor is he an Oxford or Cambridge academic, but Northbridge’s Donald Landers is, indisputably, ‘our Don’.
A retired solicitor, Don and his wife Shirley are long time Northbridge residents who have served our community selflessly for many years.
On 15 December this year, Don was honoured at the Northbridge Rotary Club’s Christmas dinner with a special award, presented – as the photograph below shows – by Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney, with Northbridge Rotary President, Kevin Tattrie, hosting the event.
Don was also presented, at this dinner, with a letter from the NSW Premier and Member for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian, honouring Don’s “dedicated Service” to our community, through Rotary.  At the bottom of her typed letter, the Premier stated, in her own handwriting:
 “Don, your contribution to our community is beyond outstanding – thank you.”
Don Landers was a founding member of Northbridge Rotary Club in 1983.  In 1990 he became a Trustee of the Club’s Benevolent Fund, overseeing charitable donations in excess of $230,000, involving a range of humanitarian projects and disaster appeals for the Club. This year he has relinquished his Benevolent fund Trustee role after 30 years of dedicated service. 
Don is the perfect example of a hard and committed worker who has given and continues to give his time, energy and experience in the service of others. All who know him, value his wisdom, civic-mindedness, corporate contribution and wonderful sense of humour.
Don, the Rotary Club of Northbridge salutes you.
[Don and Shirley Landers (centre) posing with Northbridge Rotary President Kevin Tattrie (left) and Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney (right)]
The "Don" of Northbridge Peter Russell 2021-01-15 13:00:00Z 0

Love and Joy at Christmas

Posted by Peter Russell on Jan 16, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic made fundraising and giving extremely difficult this year, but in the end Christmas won through.
After much hard work, Northbridge Rotary Club’s Sally O’Neill, her fundraising team and her army of Club ticket-sellers, pulled off a fundraising coup with their Christmas Raffle conducted during the course of December at Northbridge Plaza. 
Thanks to the generosity of the Northbridge Plaza management – including its security team, local Northbridge and other businesses and shoppers attending the Plaza, the Rotary Club raised over $8,000.  That money will be used for local and regional projects, particularly focussing on those recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 22 raffle prizes were drawn at the Plaza by Northbridge Rotary Club President, Kevin Tattrie, on Sunday 20 December, as the photograph below shows.
Congratulations to the following list of lucky prize-winners:
The Rotary club is now motivated to make its Christmas Raffle an annual event, together with its Tree of Joy which, as can be seen from the photograph below, produced a windfall of toys and other gifts for children who would otherwise go without this Christmas. Now, thanks to the Club’s Eleanor Chevor and her team, they too will experience the true joy of what this Season of Giving is all about.
Love and Joy at Christmas Peter Russell 2021-01-15 13:00:00Z 0

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!”
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
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,
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 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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