Posted by Robert Coote

2018 Northbridge Rotary Fireworks

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 Robert Coote
The Rotary Club of Northbridge will be hosting a Charity ‘Bridge Day” on
August 30th 2018, commencing from 10am.
All funds raised will go towards supporting two very worthwhile charities, being:
          - a charity dedicated to purchasing life-saving medical equipment for sick kids.
  • Rotary Water Reticulation Project in East Timor
  • See what we achieved last time with community support
Our Rotary Bridge Day will be held at the -
Northbridge Golf Club on Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge, NSW

All Bridge Players are welcome!
The event will cost $45 per person and includes -
morning tea and lunch served with wine, tea and coffee.
A Raffle will be held with terrific prizes on offer. 
In addition - beautiful handmade jewellery will be available.
Bookings are essential and for tables of 4.
For an enjoyable day out -
Please RSVP by the 16 August 2018 - by email to:

For more information – please contact -
  • Valda Andrews        – 8096 5773;        
  • Sally O’Neil – 9967 0426
  • Pat Gray – 9908 3260
Please see attached Flyer
Northbridge Rotary to hold Charity Bridge Day Robert Coote 2018-07-18 14:00:00Z 0
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.

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 ( 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.
2007 – April
OZ 1698 & OZ1700        
Volcanic Eruption       
Rabaul PNG
2007 – December
2008 – April
2008 – June
AUS3972 – 3978 (7 boxes)  
2008 – June
2008 – July
AUS4453 & 4454       
2008 – December
2009 – February
2009 – June
2009 – June
2009 – November
AUS7069 – 7071 (3 boxes)
2010 – March
AUS8280 – 8282 (3 boxes) 
2011 – February
9671 – 9676 (6 boxes)   
2011 – February
2011 – June
10332 – 10335 (4 boxes)
2011 – September
2012 – September
2012 – September
11494 – 11498 (5 boxes)      
2013 – March
11903 & 11904        
Solomon Islands
2013 – April
North Korea
2013 - September
2013 – December
S.B. appeal. $6,000 donation
Typhoon Haiyan       
2014 – November
2015 - February
North Korea
2018 – March
Donation to be deployed
(2 boxes)
2018 – April
Donation to be deployed
(1 box)
10 Years of support - ShelterBox put families first! Ian Burnet 2018-05-02 14:00:00Z 0
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
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 2018-03-24 13:00:00Z 0
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 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