Due to a successful Festival of Wheels President Wally was proud to present a cheque to Dr Leisel Fitzgerald to contribute to the research into Men’s Health. Dr. Leisel gratefully accepted the donation of $8,158.07 and updated the club on the work that is being done to save the lives of many Tasmanian men. A great effort from the many volunteers who made the Festival of Wheels the success it was and such a generous donation possible.
The club is pleased to support the Literacy project instigated by the DG’s wife, Liz Colman. There was a collection of new books to distribute to a variety of local schools and centers to help with the encouragement of children’s reading skills. Elisabeth and Kate met with the Librarian and three school representatives of Bowen Road Primary to present a collection of books and a cheque for $1oo for books of their own choosing to add to the library. Books were also given to Kennerley and the Goodwood Community Centre. Poor Literacy is still a problem in Tasmania and congratulations to Liz Colman for her work with Rotary to help raise the awareness.
The Special Children’s Christmas party was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre again this year. Moonah Rotary was there to supply sandwiches and fruit salad for the disadvantaged families who come along for a great action packed day. Lots of tired but happy faces as the children left with a large bag of Christmas gifts each. Thanks to those volunteers who gave their time.
Moonah Rotary was again involved with the Safe Communities Young People Awards during Children’s Week 2017. This program, organised through the Glenorchy City Council, involved 64 students from 15 primary schools in the Northern suburbs. The students are nominated by their schools for showing outstanding effort in a range of different projects. A presentation is held at the Guildford Young Centre where they receive a Certificate of Appreciation watched by parents and friends.
The Glenview Nursing Home catering staff received a donation of appreciation from the combined Rotary clubs of Moonah, Glenorchy and Claremont. These items will be used by the residents in their cooking program. Each year the three clubs hold a Christmas in July for Grandparents who raise Grandchildren. The Glenview catering staff give generously of their time to cook and serve a Christmas Roast lunch.
Congratulations to John Ward for his nomination as Senior Tasmanian for the Australian of the Year Awards. John is a familiar face at our meetings and BBQs as a Friend of Rotary. He was nominated by member Glenyse Russell for his work with the Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Network which he set up over 20 years ago to offer much needed support to these wonderful carers. John and his wife raised five grandchildren themselves. An award ceremony was held at Government House last Friday.