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The Rotary Club of Preston

Preston

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:30 PM
Darebin RSL Club
402 Bell Street
Preston, VIC 3072
Australia
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3KND Stages Victorian NAIDOC Concert

Speakers at Our ZOOM Meetings
Julie-Anne O'Brien, Coordinator of L2P at DIVERS
Aug 12, 2020
L2P or L-plates to P plates
Margie Barclay - nurse volunteer at MSF
Aug 19, 2020 12:30 PM
Medecin Sans Frontiere - from the frontline of MSF
Peter Cribb - Rotary Club of Flemington/Kensington
Aug 26, 2020 12:30 PM
Recycling of Playground Equipment to Developing Countries via DIK
Lien Trinh - Project Manager - End Trachoma 2020
Sep 02, 2020 12:30 PM
Ending Trachoma in Australian Indigenous Communities

Commitment achieves great results for the "Friends of Merri Creek.

Anne and Bruce McGregor have been sharing with us their journey towards the transformation of the Merri Creek through community action. With the establishment of the Friends of Merri Creek, a mechanism was activated to achieve that goal.
Flood control areas were established, and parkland created to replace rubbish tips and dump sites. Central Creek grasslands were also established to help change the face of what had been unsightly areas, to vegetated areas with walking paths for use by the community.
The Friends of the Merri Creek in the late 1980s defined Current and Future Challenges:
1. Define urban growth areas across the catchment to protect endangered species.
2. Water quality to be improved due to soil problems in the upper catchment. 3. Resources to be made available to allow improvement works to continue
4. Improvement of habitat by widening the corridor.
5. Upgrading infrastructure.
6. Create environmentally appropriate flood control.
7. Establish a management for Conservation Areas.
8. Keep abreast of Climate Change.
What is the goal now?
A mixture of Housing and nature. When the community reported that the quality of water was being affected by rubbish being dumped into the water. The community acted with tree planting along the creek banks and by getting school children involved in visiting the creek on education trips. Two primary achievements:
 transformation of the much degraded lower Merri Creek.
 protection of natural areas
Work continues.

HELPING Nepal RESPOND TO Covid-19

The Rotary Club of Preston has donated $2000 this week to support this initiative of the Rotary Club of Kathmandu, and brought to our attention by the Rotary Club of Albury.  READ ON . . .
 
 
The purpose of this project is to provide financial assistance to the Rotary Club of Kathmandu for COVID 19 response programs including:
  • purchase and distribution of medical PPE - gowns, gloves, N95 Mask, face shield, surgical mask, goggles and surgical caps.
  • installation of "wash stations" to dispense sanitiser at hospitals and health facilities in coordination with the Ministry of Health,
  • distribution of food to disadvantaged people, homeless, families who have lost employment and no longer have an income, students, and street children who are at high risk due to lock-down conditions.
  • to provide education and public awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic with Public Service Announcement (PSA), brochures, and social media.
  • to work with other organisations to help where possi
  Nepal is in the grip of the Covid 19 pandemic with an alarming spread of the coronavirus through the country. Community transmission, social distancing and the level of hygiene are areas of concern. Additionally the large influx of workers returning from other countries compounds the spread of coronavirus across Nepal.
 
 
The community response programs will provide frontline health workers and professionals medical PPE which is vital for there safety.
The lock down has impacted severely on the needy resulting in the distribution of food parcels becoming critical for survival.
The installation of foot operated wash stations is essential at health facilities in an effort to stem the rate of transmission.
 
   

3KND BRINGS NAIDOC TO LIFE FOR VICTORIA

3KND 1503AM, the “Voice of Indigenous Victoria Australia”, offers Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community members from Melbourne and wider Victoria the unique opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, perspectives and information with the wider community and neighbours over the 3KND radio Airwaves and Internet.

Rotary Club of Preston member Gerry Lyons (aka the GMAN) is the General Manager of 3KND.

Following the cancellation of NAIDOC due to COVID-19, Gerry got together a mob of artists and with the help of Melbourne Arts Centre and other groups they played out the Victorian Naidoc Week Concert. Uncle Archie Roach was the star and the virtual national and international audience on the night numbered 61,000. Gerry sees the role of music in keeping oneself healthy, balanced and sane. Music can bring people together, it can revive pleasant old memories, it can relieve stresses, it can raise the spirit.

IMPACT OF LOCKDOWN ON INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

3KND GMan Rotarian Gerry Lyons spoke to the Club of the massive jump in domestic violence within the indigenous communities in these lock-down times. Children have been taken away because a parent has become unemployed, home food has diminished and connection with community has suffered badly.

People have been slow to call out for help. Gerry and his 30 person staff, permanent and volunteers, are seeking out those who have no-one to talk to, no voice to call out, no family to share with . . . During the weekend of the Concert there were no cases of domestic violence while currently his mission of being out there listening and sharing is having similar results.

This is one of the reasons that at Preston Rotary, we so strongly support 3KND and the GMAN.

Commitment achieves great results for the "Friends of Merri Creek.

Anne and Bruce McGregor have been sharing with us their journey towards the transformation of the Merri Creek through community action. With the establishment of the Friends of Merri Creek, a mechanism was activated to achieve that goal.
Flood control areas were established, and parkland created to replace rubbish tips and dump sites. Central Creek grasslands were also established to help change the face of what had been unsightly areas, to vegetated areas with walking paths for use by the community.
The Friends of the Merri Creek in the late 1980s defined Current and Future Challenges:
1. Define urban growth areas across the catchment to protect endangered species.
2. Water quality to be improved due to soil problems in the upper catchment. 3. Resources to be made available to allow improvement works to continue
4. Improvement of habitat by widening the corridor.
5. Upgrading infrastructure.
6. Create environmentally appropriate flood control.
7. Establish a management for Conservation Areas.
8. Keep abreast of Climate Change.
What is the goal now?
A mixture of Housing and nature. When the community reported that the quality of water was being affected by rubbish being dumped into the water. The community acted with tree planting along the creek banks and by getting school children involved in visiting the creek on education trips. Two primary achievements:
 transformation of the much degraded lower Merri Creek.
 protection of natural areas
Work continues.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians often reflect on it at club meetings:
 

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Jacob’s Well Vision

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Justice and hope for the desperately poor throughout the world by virtue of improved health, knowledge and quality of life.

Mission

Jacob’s Well hopes to break the poverty cycle by sinking fresh water wells in villages, establishing health and resource centres and providing life changing education for children from tribal villages and the slums.

Purpose

To live a life of significance based upon Christian values, working together with all cultures, faiths and genders, empowering others to facilitate change and provide solutions to break the poverty cycle.

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Goals

Jacob’s Well aligns itself to alleviate the root cause of poverty through the following Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger – Jacob’s Well aims to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger through provision of clean water, education, sustainable agriculture initiatives and skills training programs. MDG 1
  2. Achieve universal primary education – Jacob’s Well is taking education into the remote villages where there is no education and no hope. MDG 2
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women – Jacob’s Well ensures that all the boys and girls at Rejoice receive primary and secondary education. Girls are encouraged to go onto further education and become involved in their community transformation. MDG 3Sponsor_Child_Monkey_Bar
  4. Reduce child mortality – Jacob’s Well has provided clean water and hygiene education to assist in the reduction of infant mortality within those villages. MDG 4
  5. Improve maternal health – Through the medical, health and resource centres Jacob’s Well will provide maternal health, first aid programs and hygienic birthing kits to women throughout the district. MDG 5
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases – Jacob’s Well’s primary focus to combat disease is through education on preventative healthcare, management of common ailments and nutrition. MDG 6
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability – Jacob’s Well is implementing sustainability initiatives in remote villages where there are no resources and no hope. MDG 7
 Past President Paul has been heavily involved in assisting small businesses survive COVID-19 via the Darebin Business Network. 
He shares this news:
City of Darebin – Business Recovery Grants.
The Business recovery program is part of the $11.5 million package to provide immediate relief to local businesses who are experiencing disadvantage or who are in a state of vulnerability.
This Business program has two rounds of funding, the first round of grants opened on Friday 15 May 2020 and closed on Sunday 31st May 2020.
 
It was a lengthy process throughout the month of June to analyse and also make recommendations on all the 200 plus Grant applications that were submitted.
A second round of a similar amount will be announced in a few months.
Businesses had no option but to search for alternative methods of growing their business base.
Unfortunately this second round of COVID – 19 will test businesses once again.
Some statistics listed below.
 
COVID-19: Implications on Businesses in Darebin
 
Many Companies experienced significant downturn in business in the three months to June 2020.
Direct contact with the businesses confirmed sudden fall in sales that forced reductions in working hours.
 
50%, experienced a 70% reduction in sales that caused severe cash flow difficulties (Those that service Cafe and Restaurant have been impacted the most)
 
30%, moderate position and worked at 50% levels
 
20%,  maintained stable level of sales and employment
 
New Approach by Businesses in Darebin:
 
70% said they had changed how they delivered goods, on-line; ready meals, pick up, frozen packs 
 
30% said they have scaled up new product development, process innovation with their idle hours
 

  Preston Rotary actively supports the community outreach of Bridge Darebin (BD) and Reservoir Neighbourhood House (RNH), situated in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs.

Since March, Bridge Darebin and Reservoir Neighbourhood House have not been able to safely deliver their usual weekly food and social support services under the COVID-19 restrictions. Bridge Darebin normally runs a free weekly Friday lunch and Sunday dinner, with up to 80 attendees for each meal who also receive a second meal and some grocery items to take home.  Reservoir Neighbourhood House provide a daily community pantry with free grocery items and breads, monthly community lunches, weekly soup days and grocery support to local public housing estates via Foodbank.

Although both Houses were providing food relief, the introduction of COVID-19 meant community need for food support became next-level virtually overnight. At RNH, Angie Davidson, Executive Officer, opened her grocery giveaway the week of March 16th to a line of people stretching up the street. Numbers she had never experienced before, and social distancing was definitely not the first thing on their minds. Angie had over 150 people in need, without the building space and staff numbers to manage this demand.

Rotary Club of Preston were instrumental in supporting the very first community food relief initiative with Reservoir Neighbourhood House in the first week of lockdown. Together, they were able to support the sourcing and delivery of 200 meals within four days. The following week the program was extended to increase the outreach to vulnerable community members living in public housing estates in East Reservoir.

It was becoming extremely difficult to source bulk foods and keep social distancing measures in place whilst the need for more support for community kept growing. The neighbouring organisation Bridge Darebin assisted through their bulk foods store to support the program. Within a matter of days, donations had transformed their front community hall into a packing hub. In a remarkably short period of time both Neighbourhood Houses formed the Darebin Neighbourhood Houses food relief response for COVID-19.

With support from Preston Rotary and the Donations In Kind truck, collections from FareShare and Foodbank grew. 

By the beginning of April both Neighbourhood houses had distributed: 

  • 4,040 FareShare two-person meals 
  • 3,300 grocery bags (1,100 deliveries) 
  • 2 pallets of fruit and veg and 2 pallets of dairy products 
  • 400 hygiene packs 
  • Supporting 13 welfare/community organisations to access between 20 – 80 meals each week for their communities. 

From mid-May, the meals were estimated at 1400 per week. So as the need for food relief grew, Preston Rotary continued to support the Darebin wide program. Hygiene packs sourced from Pinchapoo have been greatly appreciated, along with donated fresh bread.  The Darebin Neighbourhood Houses have been resourceful in seeking other much needed donations, such as Halal meals, baby goods and nappies.

Rotarian Ruth McCall notes “As a relatively new Rotarian, I am continually inspired by my club’s readiness to assist in providing much needed relief to a vulnerable community. The response to the COVID-19 Pandemic rapidly enacted by Reservoir Neighbourhood House, and Bridge Darebin partnerships demonstrate a passionate commitment to their communities.”

  

The need for food relief assistance will continue long after COVID-19 lockdowns have been lifted. A fundraising campaign has been set up by Bridge Darebin and Reservoir Neighbourhood House to support the continuation and longevity of food relief in Darebin for as long as is possible. Whilst this support continues, so will the program.   

The program has attracted media articles, video diaries and social media posts;