Make It A Great Christmas For Kids In Foster Care
There are around 900 children between the ages of 0 to 18 in foster care on the Gold Coast.
The Rotary e-Club of NextGen, based on the coast, wants to provide Christmas presents this year for every one of these very vulnerable children.
“We want to make this a special Christmas for these kids who are in circumstances not of their own making and who have already suffered a great deal’” said Bruce Rogers from the Rotary club.
“But,” he added, “Our goal can only be achieved with support from the local community, businesses and organisations”.
This is the first year that the e-Club has been involved with this project so it is an exciting one and one that is particularly satisfying.
The Director of the South East Region of the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services, Tracey Ryan, said that, “This type of initiative and community kindness can make an enormous difference to children and young people who are in care."
Bruce and his team are looking for gifts or gift cards to the value of about $25 or cash donations of any amount.
More information can be obtained from Bruce Rogers on 0414 701 505.
The website for the project provides more information about where to drop off gifts and how to make a donation. The address is:
Send donations and gift cards to:
Helping GC Kids, PO Box 1761 Oxenford Qld 4210.
Drop Off Points for gifts
Robina Community Centre: 196 Robina Town Centre Drive (corner San Antonio Court), Robina
Nerang Bicentennial Centre 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang
Southport Community Centre 6 Lawson St, Southport
Helensvale Cultural Centre Sir John Overall Dr & Lindfield Road, Helensvale
Upper Coomera community centre 90 Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera
Ormeau Community Centre. 3 Cuthbert Dr, Ormeau
In a play on the name of the famous Woodstock, “Pigstock” has become a real money generating fundraiser for the Children of Vietnam charity. This year saw perfect weather with temperature near 30C and not a cloud in the sky. Eight Rotary clubs in the Greensboro, North Carolina area competed for best barbecue awards given in 4 food categories. In this part of the world, barbecue is taken SERIOUSLY, and barbecue competitions bring out masses of people who want to enjoy the food … and the music! This year 700 tickets were sold, each at $30. With the profit from that, and over $30,000 raised from “People’s Choice Award” donations, the Vietnam Global Grant for which Rotary E-Club Of NextGen is acting as “host,” has gotten off to a fantastic start. Go Rotary!!!
An Open Letter to A.B. Paterson College
Open Letter to A. B. Paterson College thanking them for seeing the great benefit to their students for including as well as sending out students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
RYLA Needs You!
Looking for an amazing couple that are available for a fabulous experience at RYLA Saturday 21st January — Friday 27th January 2017 as Camp Mum and Dad. You know who you are, volunteer now before I tap you on the shoulder
For more information or to apply contact
"Reconnecting with Nature to Nurture our Earth" at Wild Mountains
The e-Club of NextGen is organising a special weekend with all the Inbound Youth Exchange Students in our District as well as Club Members for next March 3 - 5, 2017. There is a maximum of 30 people, so please get your expression of interest in quickly by emailing me.
The Wild Mountains Trust is an independent, community focussed, non-profit organisation providing leadership in environmental education and conservation.
The Trust has acquired land south of Rathdowney adjoining the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park for a nature reserve and venue for education.
On this magnificent site a world class Centre is being built. Here, using the unique purpose-built residential facility, quality experiential environmental education for the whole community will be provided.
In subtropical and eucalypt forests participants will have the opportunity to discover an amazing natural world. At the same time Wild Mountains can reinforce its educational programs with examples of renewable power generation.
It will be a hands-on weekend, so we will be making a difference, please click on their logo above to find out more about their goals and programs.
Teddies on the Loose!
It was over a week ago but the magnificent Teddies that we receive from all around Australia have now another home – this time it is the Police at Broadbeach Police Station that will use these in their dealings with children as part of the Child Protection Unit.
The Police seemed to be genuinely thankful for the Teddies.
This is of course not the only destination for these teddies and many of their friends are on their way to Liberia but it is hoped that these Teddies will be of great benefit to the children that the Police come into contact with.
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.