Members of the Fire Brigade and the Police Motor Cyclists attended the award ceremony for the annual Junior Neighbourhood Support programme at Guilford Young College. Awards were presented to sixty-eight young awardees for their contributions to their school or local community. Next year will be the 1oth Anniversary of the project which was started by this club and instigated by PP Charmaine White. Thanks to Glenyse for her continued involvement.
At Tuesday’s meeting Muriel introduced guest speaker Lisa Blackwood, Manager of Eureka Clubhouse. Run by Colony 47 and based in Moonah it was established in 1994 following the closure of the Royal Derwent Hospital. The purpose of the Eureka Clubhouse is to help develop friendships, understanding and equality in a working environment for adults who have or have had mental health issues. The focus is also on workplace training. There is three paid staff and many volunteers. Members of the public are also welcome to visit for a coffee and a chat at any time. Lisa gave an interesting presentation on the operations and objectives of the Clubhouse.
It was a pleasure to welcome Anne Cameron as our Guest Speaker. Anne and her husband have been working to improve conditions for families in Cambodia since 2011. Last year they spent three months there working in an extremely poor area. Although there is a school it is often flooded in the monsoon season as are the flimsy houses they live in and recently a large fire that destroyed a village. The money earned is from scavenging on the rubbish dumps and children as young as two help collect anything that may be sold or reused. No government assistance is provided and even the Fire Brigade require payment before attending a fire. Anne’s work includes helping to establish vegetable gardens, a library and housing. Moonah’s own PP President Charmaine who is now working as a dentist in NSW is also involved taking a dental team each year to provided basic dental care. The teeth are bad due to poor diet and hygiene and toothbrushes and lessons in using them are provided. It was a most informative and eye-opening talk moving several members to donate to Anne’s cause. We look forward to another visit with updates.
Another successful year for the RYDA programme held at the Showgrounds again this year. Over 2000 Year 10 students participated in workshops and demonstrations to devise strategies focused on the key government ‘Big Five’ road safety issues of speeding, alcohol and drugs, fatigue, distractions and wearing seatbelts. “My Life, My Choices” addresses the social responsibility aspects of being a driver and passenger and lowering personal risks by making better decisions. Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this programme possible.
As part of our Cup Cake Drive we invited Peter West the CEO of RSPCA to join us on Tuesday. Bringing along two furry friends he gave an interesting talk on the history and work of the RSPCA in Tasmania. An expensive organisation to run it relies on bequests and fundraisers such as Cup Cake Day and the Million Paws Walk to fund the $3 million dollars needed each year. A 24 hr call centre operates from Queensland for emergencies and 100% of calls received for neglected and injured animals are investigated. We raised $218 from the sales of our cupcakes and the club will match each dollar and forward a cheque to RSPCA.
Last week members were invited to join Salamanca Club for a rare behind the scenes tour of our Government House. Tour guide was Howrah rotarian and ADG Glen Woolley who now works as an aid to the Governor. We visited the kitchen and dining rooms, the magnificent ballroom and the Clocktower which housed the oldest working clock in Australia. Those courageous enough tackled the steep staircase to take in the spectacular view. Thanks also to Salamanca rotarian Ainstie Wagner who is the also the Executive Chef at Government House for sharing the interesting stories of the workings “downstairs” and whose staff provided an enjoyable afternoon tea for us all.