Christmas with Rotary
This function was organised for some 140 senior citizens from local retirement homes with the help of the Rotary Club of Winston Hills and other volunteers.
This involved transporting the seniors from the homes to the Harvey Lowe pavilion at Castle Hill Showground, where they were entertained by young people from local schools. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved with both old and young joining in the singing of Christmas carols. After the entertainment refreshments were served, before the senior citizens were transported back to their retirement villages.
This function has been held for a number of years and would simply not be possible without the generosity of Comfort Delgro (Hillsbus) who provide 4 buses at no charge, the drivers who volunteer their time, the schools and young musicians and of course the Rotary members, partners and friends who work so hard behind the scenes.
A BIG Thank you to all of you!!
Christmas Tree Sales
Our annual Christmas tree sales were another resounding success. The sales took place over the weekends of the 8th, 9Th and 15th, 16th of December. About 500 trees were sold at the two venues in the car parks of the Bull and Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills and the Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge.
Thanks to the generosity of our customers we were able to raise a significant sum which will all be used for our Rotary projects both locally and overseas.
This project could not succeed with the support of many people and we would particularly like to thank Royal Wolf Containers and BCQ Logistics for providing and transporting the shipping containers that stored the trees free of charge, the Management of the two hotels for allowing the use of their car-parks and the neighbours who allowed the use of their water to freshen the trees. Lastly of course a big thanks to all our members and friends who helped on the two weekends.
Giving Tree Stockland Mall, Baulkham Hills
In partnership with Stockland Mall, a Giving Tree was again organised in December. This allowed customers and visitors to the centre to place gifts on the Christmas Tree in the Mall in the knowledge that the gifts would be distributed to disadvantaged children.
This initiative was the most successful one to date with over 140 gifts being donated which were passed on by Rotary to be distributed by St Michael’s Family Centre, Wesley-Dalmar and the Salvation Army to the families in their care. As most gifts were wrapped it is not possible to put a monetary value on the project, but we do know that it made many kids happier.