As you visit towns, please post your stories and photos so other Rotary Clubs can get some ideas!
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Rotary Club of Sydney Cove has been undertaking a support program for farmers in the Lightening Ridge area over the past three years. Initially it involved a team of RCSC members going to Lightening Ridge and assisting farmers who were 'doing it tough’ undertake renovations and providing amenities in their homes to allow them to live in better circumstances - there was also a social dimension to this activity beyond the physical home improvement activities.
As the drought has worsened, however, the RCSC has teamed with Rotary Club of Lightening Ridge to deliver relief to families in difficult circumstances. Over the past year the club has sent a total of $18,000 through RCLR, including a District Grant of $9,000. The funds were used to purchase food and other necessities in Lightening Ridge to distribute as care packages to needy families. The funds were matched by those of the Rotary Club of Lightening Ridge, who with the assistance of Michael and Gunilla Austin (who until recently was the Rural Champion on our Community Service Committee) distributed the packages to needy families in the area.
Michael Austin, who recently moved to the NSW North Coast was our Rural Champion on our Community Service Committee, and traveled to Lightening Ridge in May to assist the RCLR distribute relief to those who needed it.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 15, 2018 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
A group of Rotarians and their partners visited the central western town of Blayney recently as part of the Rotary Adopt-A-Town Project. The aim was threefold:
1. Spend money in small businesses within a country town
2. Make a connection with the local Rotary Club to identify future projects
3. Bring some cheer to local farmers and businesses and show that we care
What a successful visit we had! We stayed in hotels, we ate in restaurants and we shopped till we dropped!
On the Saturday afternoon we visited a local farm where we were taken on a tour to explain the current situation in the area. There had been some recent rain and the fields all looked quite green, but it was explained to us that this is quite deceptive, as it is just surface grass. The subsoil is still very dry and this grass (and weeds) will burn off very quickly. Unless they receive more substantial rain in the next two months the land will be dry and barren again very quickly.
We had a casual afternoon with many local Rotarians and then visited a beautiful local nursery that will be devastated if there is not further rain. We then enjoyed a wonderful dinner at one of the Rotarian’s home where 30 people enjoyed wonderful country hospitality.
On the Sunday morning we helped out at the local Blayney Farmer’s Market, providing bacon and egg rolls and sausage and onion rolls FREEE of charge to everyone! This was greatly appreciated! We also had kid’s care packs to hand out to the children that we had purchased through Care4Kids Sutherland Shire. The look on the faces of the children when they realised that we were giving them a gift and they didn’t need to pay for them was priceless!
Many locals also came up and spoke to us about how they were handling the drought. Typical of many country people, most of the people said that they were OK and that others were doing much worse than them! However, when you start talking to them a few things came out:
1. Many people are not able to access government and community funds that are available as they either have a small income that excludes them, or they find the paperwork too difficult!
2. A lot of breeding stock has been sold off so there are many more problems to come as it takes 3-5 years to rebuilt breeding stock
3. The cost of petrol, hay and other farming necessities has risen enormously
4. The recent rain has bought many weeds and they can’t afford the weed kill
5. If there is not more substantial rain before January things will be dire by June 2019
On the Monday morning we met with a local vet to see what help could be offered through the Sutherland Dog Club. Enquiries will be made further west through her contacts to see if either medical treatment or food would be best to be offered to farm dog owners.
Care packs were distributed via Blayney Rotary to small outlying schools with much delight from the children.
We have invited Blayney Rotary to visit our club and be home hosted in February so they can attend our market too!
We will return to Blayney in Easter 2019 to hand out easter eggs and FREE hot cross buns at their market! It will also be a great opportunity to review the current situation to see what other help we can provide.
This is just the beginning!
|Posted by email@example.com on November 27, 2018 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Pambula Rotary members are ready to embark on a special life changing trip to Trundle – a small drought affected town near Dubbo.
This Thursday, November 22, Rotary members will be travelling to Trundle to meet with the locals, paint their child care centre, help run school activities, hand out gifts to children and establish what will be a long term connection with the town.
Youth director Liz Bellette-Stubbs said the trip is about reaching out to the Trundle community and establishing a “sister town relationship”.
“Children have been watching their parents go through this severe level of drought for some time, kids were having to shower at school because they had absolutely no water on their properties,” Ms Bellette-Stubbs said.
“They are still in that dire situation out there, so we are going to support them and show them that people do think about them.”
Trundle has a similar population size to Pambula and is also a rural farming community.
Pambula Rotary members will be out talking with the locals and seeing first hand the devastation this drought has caused not only financially but also physically and mentally.
Ms Bellette-Stubbs hopes Pambula Rotary can create a strong relationship with the town and provide ongoing support.
“There are signs out there that kids are exposed to prolonged distress, anything that we have here on the coast can be of benefit to the families of Trundle,” Ms Bellette-Stubbs said.
In the future, Rotary hope to invite those from Trundle who are able to take a holiday, to the Bega Valley Shire to enjoy a break and reduce the stress they presently find themselves in.
“We will be finding out when we go up there whether they would like to take a break to one of our seaside towns and how Rotary can support them,” Ms Bellette-Stubbs said.
If you would like to donate funds to assist with this venture please feel free to deposit into the clubs project account with Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000 account 136809944.
Should you want to assist with this and many other worthwhile causes Rotary International does around the world, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted by email@example.com on October 21, 2018 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
On Sunday 18 November a free BBQ Breakfast is being arranged by Blayney Rotary with Caringbah Rotary at their Farmers'Market.
There will be a Jumping Castle, Sample Bags for the kids and free Face Painting!
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Caringbah Rotary is very excited to have started talking to Blayney Rotary about visiting their town on 17-19 November.
Leading up to this the public will be asked to donate items at their monthly market to create kid's backpacks to take on our first visit to hand out at Blayney's Farmer's Market on Sunday 18 November.
Members will visit Blayney and stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, put on a free BBQ for the town at the Farmer's Market and visit local farms.
This is just the beginning!