e-Clubs donation to Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Rotary’s first online club in northern NSW has presented Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s Maternity Unit with a selection of knitwear for newborns.
Rotary e-Club of NextGen, formed in 2012, has a membership base from all over the world, including Japan, Germany, the US and Dubai. The club’s 2016-17 President is Wauchope’s Peter Saville, who with fellow e-Club members from the Hastings delivered the donated items to the hospital this week.
“e-clubs are another option in Rotary for busy professionals,” Mr Saville said.
“Members attend an online forum once a week to discuss community and service projects. The online club is a way to encourage younger people who are busy with university, families and work to get into Rotary.
“Because we’re an e-club, we are technically worldwide in our membership, which allows us to get involved in projects from almost anywhere.
“Volunteers connect online, see what we do and often want to help us, which is what happened with the baby clothes.
“There are a lot of older ladies who can knit beautiful, modern pieces of clothing and just want to use those skills to help others.”
The box of donated items includes booties, bonnets, smaller items for premature babies as well as pieces for older siblings.
Kira has arrived!
Kira has arrived and settled in well with her first host family, she met her second host Mum and sister on Tuesday Kerry and Jess from the Parkwood Rotary Club. Let me tell you a little about Kira, she is 15 years old and the youngest of four children. She has three turtles and one cat. She like to do sport and jogging, spend time with her family, take photos, listen to and make music.
Her village is around 4000, so I think she will notice a little bit of a difference here on the Gold Coast with A.B. Paterson having 1500 students. Her village is called Fußach, Austria please click on the link to find out where it is.
Kaho has arrived too!
Our second Inbound Exchange Student is Kaho from Kakamigahara, Japan. She has an older sister that went to Newcastle on Exchange and now it is Kaho's turn. One of the things she likes to do in her spare time is swimming and she has been doing it since she was 5 years old. As it so happens her Aussie host Mum, Lee and her host sister Jorja swim twice a week, so Lee hopes to be able to give Kaho the very Australian experience of Lifesaving and being able to do her Bronze Medal.
Kaho is very lucky and will be doing a Bush 'n' Beach exchange with 50% of her time with the e-Club and the other 50% with the Rotary Club of Goondiwindi. Please make both of these lovely girls welcome and if you are going out to the movies; a picnic; bushwalking; the theatre; up to Brisbane; spending the day on the boat; going to the beach please give them a call and see if they are free to join you.
Thank you to the wonderful ladies of Taylors Lakes Knitters in Melbourne who have been busily knitting away making fish 'n' chip vests for the babies of Africa. Along with this photo of the ladies I also received this email:
"My Mother, and some of her friends at the retirement village she calls home, have been industriously exercising themselves and their fingers in producing "Fish and Chip" baby jumpers to your pattern published on the Facebook page.
Mum is 94, and the average age of the knitters is around the 90's.
At present there are 21 jumpers, comprised of 17 "normal size" and 4 smaller. They're all in an amazing range of colours and beautifully knitted".
Another parcel arrived, thank you to Ann from Preston in Melbourne. She is a friend of President Tara's Mum and regularly sends us new knitted items and has also been so kind as to send us patterns for the newer items.
Lesley also received a package of beautiful fish 'n' chip vests from Joan in Canberra. We would also like to thank Joan very much, her card read, "Please find enclosed jumpers made with love for your tiny babies".
I picked up three rubbish sized bags full of wonderful knitted items from the
Studio Village Community Centre Knitting Group. Such lovely ladies
with big hearts.
Isn't that just beautiful! :) This is such an awesome Project.