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Rotary ACT Emergency Services Community Awards

 
The Rotary ACT Emergency Services Community Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Clubs of ACT. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate the selfless Community Service of ACT Emergency Services Personnel while supporting two important Rotary initiatives:
(1)          Australian Rotary Health, PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel
(2)          Emergency Preparedness Vocational Training Teams in a developing country in the Asia Pacific
 
Nominees must be appointed as paid or unpaid (volunteer) members of one of the ACT Emergency Services who perform Community Service above and beyond the call of their normal duties.
The Awards Have Two Major Winners:
•             ACT Emergency Service Officer of the Year Serving in a Volunteer capacity
•             ACT Emergency Service Officer of the Year Serving in a Paid capacity
 
Nominations are open at https://www.act.rescawards.org.au/
 
 
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Trash & Treasure Market Outlook

Even though we have had variable weather the smoke haze persists. The T&T market will be running each week and the Rotary operators will monitor the situation closely.  

It is your decision as a trader or a patron to make your own assessment about attending the market, particularly if you are sensitive to pollutants. If the pollution gets really bad the operators may close the market for that day.

This decision will be made as early as possible but probably on the Sunday morning.
You can access smoke pollution data at https://www.health.act.gov.au/…/monitoring-and-regulating-a…. There is a monitoring station at Florey which is close by the market site. 
 

Stay safe and look after your health.

 
Updated: 16:00 on 16-Jan-2020
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Drought Relief Appeal

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 By DGE Philip Archer, D9800 

We are working with Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bendigo Bank to ensure that we continue the appeal over November and December and re-start the appeal in the middle of January with strong social media and hopefully Channel 9’s help. 

As Rotary, we are looking to encourage our Clubs to have their first meetings in January as a fundraiser with the local Great Northern Brewing venue and Bendigo Bank Branch as a joint fund raiser. 

Whilst Great Northern Brewing Co. venues have completed their first Let it Pour campaigns, some of them are running further fundraising efforts such as raffles to complement their donations over the coming weeks. 

I have ongoing discussions with Channel 9 and have requested further support in the coming weeks to promote the 2019 Rotary Drought Appeal and for them to join us again in kick starting the program in 

January. We have also requested that once we have a reasonable total, that they promote the program again just before Christmas encouraging donations from the public. 

Channel 9 have also indicated that they have a corporate sponsor who is considering a sizeable donation. 

I appreciate the support from all our friends at Channel 9, Bendigo Bank and Great Northern Brewing Co. and look forward to working with them over the coming days to implement practical ideas that we have brainstormed including an approach to Australian businesses for their support.

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Narrabundah College Interact Club Assists ...

NTA East Indonesia Aid would like to thank the Interact Club of Narrabundah College for their recent very generous donation of $1,000. This is in addition to their $2,000 donation in 2017-18.
 
This was donated through the Rotary Club of Belconnen RAWCS project - the Rotary Small Grants (East Indonesia) Project, which raises support from various Rotary associated Clubs in District 9710.
 
This is a very significant amount for a school group to raise and demonstrates a lot of hard work and commitment. This donation has significantly improved the lives of a number of people.
 
Key achievements
2018-19 ($1000 donated)
  • 15,000 litre household water tank for Palolito Farming Collective, West Timor
  • Toilet for the Tunas Baru Kindergarden, West Timor
  • Open water tank to help with crop irrigation for the Pancaran Kasih farming group, Semau Island, West Timor 
Narrabundah College Interact Club Assists ... John 2019-09-20 14:00:00Z 0

Malaria Vaccine Project: Federal Government Funding Update:

From their August Newsletter:
In March 2019, the Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced that the Federal Government would match the $500,000 that Rotary had raised with a further $500,000 from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). This brings the total funds raised towards the malaria vaccine research at the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, to over $1million.
 
This encouraging announcement was followed by a formal application process that the Institute for Glycomics has now completed. As a result, a funding agreement between the Federal Government and the Institute for Glycomics was fully executed on 26 June. The $500,000 has been received by the Institute and the project is now underway! The much needed funds will go towards the salary of a Research Fellow and supporting two new students in the laboratory of Professor Michael Good.
 
This only became possible due to the persistence and very hard work of the Rotarians!
Dr Chris Davis, General Manager
 
For more information on researchers, trials and other happenings, view the newsletter here.
 
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Rotary Fellowship: Whiskey D.R.A.M.

The traditional nature of ‘fellowship’ is often acknowledged in Rotary clubs and one way this is often extended more widely throughout the Rotary world is through Rotary Fellowships.

The Whiskey D.R.A.M Fellowship is one of these, commencing in 2015 for Rotarian's with an appreciation of Whiskey (Whisky). This fellowship was officially sanctioned in August of 2016 by Rotary International, having over 350 members in 29 countries. https://whiskeydram.org/

The fellowship supports the charitable arm of Rotary with monetary giving to 'clean water initiatives'.In Christchurch, just up the road from

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The Meccano Project Continues To Grow

 
October 2018 Newsletter for SVPACT Volunteers
Congratulations to Bob Greeney!
 
On Wednesday October 24, 2018, a special presentation was made as part of the Children’s Week Awards. Bob Greeney received recognition as an Exceptional Older Person, who has shown outstanding commitment and generosity to the development of children.
Bob is the key figure in our team who recruits, trains and support the volunteers in the Meccano program. He is also a long serving committee member and is currently the Vice President. Over the many years of his involvement, Bob has supported and encouraged hundreds of our mentors, working to increase the fine motor skills and confidence of students through their work on Meccano projects.
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Recover, Re-habilitate, Re-Use

Tamil Association Canberra
 
Through a special program, RRR (Recover, Rehabilitate, Re-use), the Rotary Club of Belconnen was able to donate a collection of "Wheelie Walkers" and canes to the Tamil Assciation of Canberra, for use in their community.
 
 
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Canberra Rotaract Trivia Outcome

In Support of The Shepherd Centre
 
The Canberra Rotaract trivia night in support of the Shepherd Centre was a very successful night. Held on Friday night at the Hellenic Club in the City, we had over 100 participants take part and raised over $3500 for the Canberra Chapter of The Shepherd Centre.
 
The funds raised at the trivia night will go directly towards the Canberra chapter of The Shepherd Centre (TSC). TSC provides speech, hearing, language, and counselling services to local families with children born deaf or hard of hearing, services are crucial in allowing children to develop the skills they need to be successful in life, no matter their circumstances. TSC has a policy that no child in need of assistance will go without, the money raised will ensure that this continues to be possible.
 
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Australian Rotary Health

Through the financial support of Rotary Clubs, Australian Rotary Health has been able to fund successful research to help people live full and productive lives.  The current emphasis on Mental Health research is to help the 20% of Australians who will face a Mental Health issue at some time during their lives.  People in our Emergency Services, people we work with, people in our Clubs and Communities - our friends.

Through research grants your donation can help reduce the stigma these people face every day and importantly help them return to productive work and family life.

The following points briefly describing a few of the achievements of medical research in Australia funded by Australian Rotary Health.

  • SIDS - The incidence of SIDS (cot death) was reduced by 80%

  • Mental Health First Aid – a program now used in 22 countries to teach members of the public to recognise symptoms of mental health problems and how to give initial help.  

  • Cool Kids Program – 2 in 10 children experience anxieties, this world renowned program helps children and parents manage their children’s fears and worries.

  • Motor Neurone Disease - A simple urine test has been developed to detect and monitor the progression of motor neurone disease in patients.

  • Lung Transplant Program – patients are achieving a 95% survival rate after 2 years and the number of deaths while on the waiting list has reduced from 29% to 3%.

  • Youth Depression - A study has revealed that sleep problems precede depression episodes in adolescents therefore allowing early detection and intervention. 

  • Pancreatic Cancer - A current study has shown significant progress in reducing the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer. 

  • Diet - A recent study showed a link between ‘western style’ diets and depression.  Foods including processed meats, pizza, chips, hamburgers, white bread, sugar, flavoured milk and beer were associated with depression and anxiety.

Your donation not only helps us get closer to effective mental illness treatment and prevention strategies, but as you approach the end of the Rotary Year you can recognise your Club members; board or Community Members who have made significant contributions in your town.

A Certificate and a pin will be sent to the club for each person named a level of Friend and Companions receive a framed certificate and a pin with either a ruby, emerald or diamond chip to recognise their contribution.  For example, if your club donates $1,000 to Australian Rotary Health, you may choose to nominate 2 members as a “Bronze Friend”.  Contributions are cumulative and the following recognition levels are available:

Friends:

Friend - $100
Bronze Friend - $500
Silver Friend - $1,000
Platinum - $2,000
Diamond Friend - $2,500

Companions:

Companion - $5,000
Gold Companion - $10,000
Ruby Companion - $20,000
Emerald Companion - $50,000
Diamond Companion - $100,000

 

Making the world a better place is what Rotarians do best, make a donation and  become a Friend or Companion today.  To help you arrange the donation, please contact the team at Australian Rotary Health office on (02) 8837 1900 or admin@arh.org.au.  If you would like to know more about how your donations are used  or arrange for a Club guest speaker feel free to give the Director for your District Graeme Davies a call on 0416 275 363 or gradav@ozemail.com.au

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Maj Gen Jeffries District Conference 2017-2018

On the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Canberra, keynote speaker at the District Conference Maj Gen Michael Jeffries noted that the new Rotarians of 1928 had to break down barriers of reserve from early Canberra residents about this initiative from the US.  He highlighted some of the amazing achievements of Australian Rotary including the 1985 Polio Plus initiative and support of the Diamond Jubilee Trust of Australia project to eradicate blindness across the Commonwealth.  The Australia Trachoma Alliance was joined by Rotary in the  Nourish our Communities project.  Visit the End Trachoma 2020 website and learn about how Rotary is building healthy communities.  He urged us to get behind the Soils for Life program that is providing farmer-to-farmer mentoring on regenerative land management.  It has financial, social, and scientific aspects.  Improving soils requires carbon in the soil from green vegetation.  Water, food and soil security is the next global train smash.  There is a need to reconnect urban Australians to their rural communities in order to provide food and economic security.   We should have Rotary projects to establish gardens in every primary and secondary school together with a mandated curriculum across Australia.
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If you didn't go to District Conference you missed out - big time!

 

The District Conference held March 24th and 25th was awesome.  The District Conference is where we go to learn about the tremendous impact that Rotary has on the lives of people in our communities both here and abroad.  

 

 

 

Making a difference.

Bryn Styles, the RI President's Personal Representative to our conference stated that it is important to attend the District Conference to understand the breadth of activities in which Rotary is engaged.  Rotary is not RI - Rotary is us, Rotarian and Friends, and we're supported by Clubs, Districts, Zone, RI.  But without us the Clubs, Districts, Zones and RI wouldn't exist.  But we should remember to prioritise our commitment - Family comes first, then work, then Rotary.  Don't overcommit as you'll lose everything.

Rotary's vision is  "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."  Rotarians are People of Action!  and we must be able, and prepared, to tell our personal stories in our local communities.  Membership has to be flexible.  Diversity - each club has to reflect the diversity of its local community . What is Belconnen's diversity profile and what is the diversity profile of our club?

Rotary Club Central and My Rotary are being updated to better support us as members.  Our websites are important to tell our story in our local communities so we - make sure they are up-to-date.  Our communities have to understand who we are so meaningful statistics in these tools are important.  Please update your data in My Rotary so that the statistical picture is meaningful.

Noel Trevaskis, an RI Board member from our District, stressed that new members leave Rotary because in their early years they didn't learn about Rotary, didn't make friends, didn't do community service.  He advised that our club has to focus on what we're doing in our community - international is less important.  Fund raising is not the focus, only a means to an end.  He urged us to publish "why did I become a Rotarian" stories - and tell them with passion and feeling.  And we need to continue to change how we operate our clubs.  He pointed out that in 15 years time 50% of Rotarians will come from India & SE Asia.  In western countries Rotary is in serious trouble.

Australian Initiatives

Rotary Fitness

Rotary Fitness is a initiative from District 9710 supporting Australian Rotary Health, spearheaded by City2Surf Legend and Australian Rotary Health Ambassador, Chris Edwards of the Rotary Club of Hall.  Have a look at the website rotary.fitness.   Clubs are encouraged to organise Rotary Fitness events that could be just a regular fitness activity for our club members.  As a PR exercise focussing on Health + Wellbeing it will give our local communities a completely different picture of Rotary and Rotarians.

“Rotary Fitness is as much about physical and mental health as it is about the health of Rotary and well-being of community.”

Rotary Fitness' aim is to support Rotary club and community fitness activities and in the process, raise funding for new medical research, scholarships, health education and awareness. Please join us and be one of the first to get involved.  The worst that can happen is you’ll get fitter, make new friends and help to improve the lives of thousands as you exercise.

Australian Rotary Health

ARH is providing $300k pa of funding for research into the mental health of children. ARH concentrating on research to gain better knowledge of the causes of mental health in children and to propose strategies to deal with it. 

Zone 8 Digital Communications solution.

Our Rotary story isn't getting though.  Our Club website and FB page are where we have to tell our stories as these are where people look for information in this day and age.  Paul Harris said in the 1930s that  "this is a changing world; and we must be prepared to change with it."

The Zone 8 Digital Communications solution is a platform for consistent branding across autonomous club websites all  connected to District.  It will provide for a database capability, a membership management capability and an event management capability.

Maj Gen Michael Jeffries noted that, on the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Canberra, the new Rotarians of 1928 had to break down barriers of reserve from early Canberra residents about this initiative from the US.  He highlighted some of the amazing achievements of Australian Rotary including the 1985 Polio Plus initiative and the  Diamond Jubilee Trust of Australia project to eradicate blindness across the Commonwealth.  The Australia Trachoma Alliance was joined by Rotary in the  Nourish our Communities project.  Visit the End Trachoma 2020 website and learn about how Rotary is building healthy communities.  He urged us to get behind the Soils for Life program that is providing farmer-to-farmer mentoring on regenerative land management.  It has financial, social, and scientific aspects.  Improving soils requires carbon in the soil from green vegetation.  Water, food and soil security is the next global train smash.  There is a need to reconnect urban Australians to their rural communities in order to provide food and economic security.   We could have Rotary projects to establish gardens in every primary and secondary school together with a mandated curriculum across Australia.

What is Probus?

Probus was a community service profit of Rotary International.  Probus is an association for retired and semi-retired people. Aim to keep minds active, expand interests, and build community through fun, fellowship, friendship.  Probus began in England 1965, NZ in 1974, and Australia in 1976.  The 1st Australian club was at Bateman's Bay in 1980.  We were encouraged them for volunteers, to help advertise our youth projects, and invite them to join Rotary.

Rotary Youth Exchange.  Monique went of RYE to Austria.  She spoke about the immense value she got from being part of a new small family for a year, not just her host families but also the RYE family.  Why go on exchange? To make her own world picture.  In Australia you can drive for an hour and perhaps change postcode. In Europe you be in another country, if not two.  She learned to be a responsible traveller and developed amazing friendships, especially with her host families.  

4 Way Test speaking competition.   Phoebe, a year 12 student from Bowral, won the Southland Highlands Four Way Test speaking competition competition this year and her topic was that "Politicians don't utilize an ethical framework to guide their decisions" as it is ethical principles that underpin decency.  In particular she questioned whether holding Australia Day on the 26 January would stand up to the Four Way test. To summarise her points:

  • Is it to truth ? No. We have only celebrated Australia Day on 26 January since 1988.   Prior to 1988 26 January was NSW Proclamation Day.  Our true national day is 1st January.
  • Is it fair? No, not to our indigenous Australians as it is simply the date of colonisation, and then only of NSW.
  • Does holding the event on the 26 January build goodwill and friendships.  No, because it is a devisive date it has been used by some to generate hatred and division and foment conflict in our multi-racial society.
  • Is it beneficial to all concerned?  No. The date only appeals to a small segment of our society and ignores that fact that our true National day is 1 January, the date on which the Commonwealth of Australia came into existence.

Her conclusion was that the decision to hold Australia Day on the 26th January fails the Four Way test and as such should reconsidered.

PCYC  Formerly known a Police Boys Club, PCYC is an 80 year old partnership between Rotary and the Police established in 1937 by Rotary and Commissioner William Mackay to counter gangs roaming Wooloomooloo.  PCYC now has 110,000 members but only a small proportion are children at risk.  The objective is to instil in kids from all backgrounds value of respect, commitment, resilience, integrity and citizenship.  They operate across NSW and are very conscious of their relationship with Rotary.  PCYC people are encouraged to join their local Rotary Club and Rotarians to become actively involved in there PCYC club.

International Initiatives 

AIDS orphanage Kwazulu Natal.   Libby Weir has been working in this very poor community for 15 years. There is 75% unemployment and it is an AIDS epicentre.  There are 96 in the orphanage.  There are many child-led families dependent mostly on the charity of their neighbours.  On her first assignment she was to help establish a preschool in a neighbouring valley - in a commercial abattoir.  Her work has developed to build housing, vegetable gardens, sewing clothes. This helps lift the people out of poverty. Local schools have class sizes 60-80!. She has helped build libraries in schools and  provided the children with school shoes,  She established a village soccer team to build community spirit.   She has established woodworking and welding courses for men and women but receives no government support. School holiday programs and emergency food parcels help support the child headed households.  Five months has turned into15 years simply because the job needed doing and she was there.

Papua New Guinea, refugees, and Limpopo South Africa.  Sr Dane Inglis has had 50 years of  contact with Rotary since joining Australian Volunteers Abroad 1968 - sponsored by Rotary.  In 1972, now a nun, she returned returned to PNG and walked in a mission school supported by QLD rotarians.  By 1987 she was in Europe working with refugees headed for Italy, and ran a soup kitchen in the basement of the Baroque church of Jesu.  She monitored the war in Liberia and reported to government and other agencies on refugee issue.  In Dakar she worked on program of Africans helping Africans.  From 2001 to 2009 she was in South Africa working with an AIDS team in Limpopo .  Rotary helped establish and refurbish an old school.  In 2009 she moved to Senegal building an infants school in Burkina Faso with more help from Canberra Rotary.  A truly remarkable women who now lives in a convent  the Southern Highland she highlighted how Rotary helps people like her working on the front line of poverty and disease in some of the most disadvantaged places on earth.

Rotarians Against Malaria.  Steve and Dorene Carroll gave a most entertaining address on how they became passionate about RAM.  The story starts with Steven some old Army mates from the Vietnam War days deciding to do something about the huge numbers of land mines still scattered over Laos.  Having trained locals to do the mine clearance they turned their attention to establishing schools and water and sanitation projects in local villages.  

Malaria was a constant threat and kills 725,000 per year.  To put that in perspective, the atom bombs dropped on Japan killed 80,000.   In WW2 Japan lost 160,000 to malaria.There are 2,500 species of mosquito but Plasmodium Falaiparom is the killer parasite. Death occurs in 24 hrs if no antidote is given.  P v........ is the more common parasite but doesn't kill, at least not a quickly.  They helped develop the Healthy Villages Program that works on the removal of stagnant water and also provides anti malarial nets and test kits.

To put all this in perspective Steve and Dorene lost they 19 year old daughter to malaria after she contacted the disease in Malaysia.  They are using this intently personal motivation to vigorously promote RAM and are great advocate for the project.

Tanzania.  St Jude school.   Seb Cox is a UC Rotaractor who got involved in this RAWCS project.  St Judes was established in 2003 - and now has 1300 students.  He was asked to go to Tanzania to help set up an Interact club in St Jude's.   On subsequent trips he has established an Earlyact club in St Jude's primary school.  Many D9710 clubs have supported the St Jude's project and the results are outstanding.  Seb was also an outstanding example of Rotaract and Rotaractors.

Rotaractors from the Yass Rotaract Club reported on their Bali project.  With no prior skills they built a house and a piggery for a family living in abject poverty in a village in the north of Bali. Included in their team were two RYE exchange students who couldn't believe their good fortune in being involved in such an endeavour. It is truly amazing what a group of teenagers can achieve.  

Siera Leone - Aminata Conteh-Biger.  This was perhaps the most touching, sad and motivational of all the keynote talks.  Aminata has now been in Australia for 18 years but in January 1999 she was one of the many girls kidnapped by rebels from their school in Freetown and used as a sex slave for 7 months.  She said that the child-soldier rebels were the scariest.  Among other dreadful experiences she learned to hide under dead bodies to stay hidden.  Her bible a great strength.  Released in a truce she got help from the UNHCR and was accepted as a refugee to Australia.  She thought she was going to Austria!  She told the conference that  being a refugee is hard - integration, language, culture all present huge challenges. She started volunteering with UNHCR and has started a foundation to build a maternity hospital and clinics in Sierra Leone.  Sierra Leone needs lots of doctors and maternal health support.   The Ebola epidemic was a setback as lots of ebola was spread through hospitals and people were scared to go for treatment.  Fistula is a particular problem.  Recommended viewing is the SBS doco "Daughter of Sierra Leone".

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Making a Difference - Bryn Styles

The District Conference held last weekend was awesome.  The District Conference is where we go to learn about the tremendous impact that Rotary has on the lives of people in our communities both here and abroad.  

Making a difference.

Bryn Styles, the RI President's Personal Representative to our conference stated that it is important to attend the District Conference to understand the breadth of activities in which Rotary is engaged.  Rotary is not RI - Rotary is us, Rotarian and Friends, and we're supported by Clubs, Districts, Zone, RI.  But without us the Clubs, Districts, Zones and RI wouldn't exist.  But we should remember to prioritise our commitment - Family comes first, then work, then Rotary.  Don't overcommit as you'll lose everything.

Rotary's vision is  "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."  Rotarians are People of Action!  and we must be able, and prepared, to tell our personal stories in our local communities.  Membership has to be flexible.  Diversity - each club has to reflect the diversity of its local community . What is Belconnen's diversity profile and what is the diversity profile of our club?

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Trash and Treasure by Sachia

Trash and Treasure - A Teenager's Perspective

 

As a teenage high school student enjoying the much needed holidays before my last term at high school, I did not want to spend my last day of the beloved break working at this Rotary thing my mother kept mentioning. I agreed after my mother told me it would be a new experience and went on about how lazy teenagers are. Which she really didn’t need to point out, us teenagers know we’re lazy, and  we’re proud. That Sunday began with my mom waking me up at the ungodly hour of 5:00 am, when the outside world through my window looked dark and desolate. I was in a dazed stupor as we drove there (late of course, because I fell asleep in the shower) and arrived there at 5:45 am. Many Rotarians were already there setting things up, putting up fences and banners and signs for traffic. They were doing this with no complaints and in the cold dark place that was early morning Canberra. I admired these people as I helped my own mother set up some road signs, wondering how they managed it during winter.

 

We kept working until the sun finally decided to poke out it’s sleepy head. I felt relief as the warm rays of sunshine hit, and the world was no longer an old black and white film. People had started to arrive when I had my back turned and were setting up stalls. A group of us stood around the once lonely looking yellow Rotary trailer-that was no longer lonely but still yellow. With the rising sun came people and energy. My eyes were finally open and the tiredness gone. As if in an instant Jamison Plaza car park had been turned into a busy marketplace. Colours of different fruit and fresh flower blossomed around, there were people dropping generous donations into the bucket up the front, and trading goods at the stalls. There were a range of different stalls, from vegetation, to tools, to books, to jewellery, to antiques-this place had it all.

 

Len Glare, Rotary Team Leader, soon sent me off with Peter Kain, another Rotary member, because he wanted me to learn about how Trash and Treasure works. We both went to collect stall money and to make sure everything was in order. As we went around collecting money, I noticed Peter talking to most of the people as if they were all his pals he’s hung out with for years. Then, I found out some of these people had been coming to Trash and Treasure for decades, many before I was born. By the time we were finished, I realized something important. Trash and Treasure wasn’t just a grocery shop like Coles, neither was it just a second hand shop like Salvos. It was a community of people and memories, with lots of hard work. It was like a little community, no, it is a lifestyle. When I left, (after buying a bunch of stuff, including the most amazing Harry Potter necklace, sold by a teenage girl). I came to see that Rotary really did have an impact on the community, even if many people never noticed. Trash and Treasure is more than just a string of shops, it’s a ritual for a family of people who come together to share new experiences and bond with each other.

 

Thank you Rotary Club of Belconnen for this wonderful experience, I am sure to come again.

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