For many years, the Darlings have been addressing the issue of inner-city homelessness, with a particular focus on young people and how we can assist them out of their situation. This year, we took a slightly different focus and went to the other end of the spectrum, addressing the issue
MediShare works with a range of partners (including Rotary), government & not-for-profit organisations to add value to the infrastructure of health care in disadvantaged communities through the provision and shipping of recovered usable medical consumables, equipment and resources.
Like any wide-scale volunteer effort, helping hands make a big difference. On Saturday
The Uluru Statement is an invitation from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to “walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”. It calls for structural reforms including constitutional change to establish a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution.
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Over the past three years, there has been an All Stations challenge in Sydney and other cities around Australia and New Zealand, to raise money for the Rotary End Polio Now Campaign. These events have raised over $450,000 — and that’s before the Gates Foundation generously participates in its 2:1 match. Ironically, due to another contagious and dangerous virus, we're not able to do our normal train ride. Instead, this year we'll be doing it virtually. Our Club will still be donating funds to the End Polio Now campaign, and we're also asking all members to take a photo of themselves under their nearest train station sign, and send that to email@example.com. All photos will be used in press-releases and promotional material for this initiative.
Each 3 years the Council on Legislation (COL) is held in Chicago with this year likely to be an on-line event. In the run up to this, we're keen to seek the views on Club Members on proposed legislation, which can then be fed back to the District to inform the way in which they will vote. The legislation book contains all proposed legislation which are are able to review and comment on. If you would like to have a say in the future of Rotary as a global organisation, please download and review the book, and provide any comments or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour will again be participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) this year, and we have been lucky enough to be able to sponsor two candidates to attend the RYLA week, Jessica Burns and Madalanne Taylor. As with previous years, the young individuals we're sponsoring are already stellar representatives of young people. Jessica heads a global development team at Macquarie Bank, and is involved heavily in Surf Life Saving and professional mentoring. Madalanne is engaged as a Student Support Officer at Tranby Indigenous Education and Training College, providing quality educational and vocational support to members of the Indigenous community, to help them thrive in their endeavours. RYLA is one of the longest standing youth initiatives that the Club is involved in, and is a part of how our Club is able to play a part in people growing into the best versions of themselves. We really look forward to hearing about how Jessica and Madalanne experience RYLA, and we look forward to seeing their continued good works in the future.
On the 1st of December in a lovely Italian restaurant on Sydney's Darling Harbour, the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour held it's Changeover. Long-delayed by Covid, this evening gave us an opportunity to reflect on the two years of Mel Lane's Presidency, and our accomplishments during these unusual and unprecedented times. Mel's speech from the evening is listed below, and details her many accomplishment in her two years as Club President. Thanks for everything Mel. You've left some large and very shiny shoes to fill.
On the 24th of November, Kevin Watene from the Salvation Army presented to our Club about the Salvation Army's response to homeless in Sydney. Homelessness is and always has been a key concern for the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour, making it especially poignant to hear Kevin's experiences of individuals without a home, and especially heartening to hear about the Salvation Army's robust network of services designed to provide support to individuals and families facing this challenging situatio
In November 10th, Anne Christie from the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove presented to our Club about the 2021-2022 District Governor Partner Project, the Aboriginal Child and Family Health Initiative.
This week, the Club was lucky enough to be visited by Vimla Hayman from the Rotary Club of St George Next Gen, who spoke to us about Interplast's work in supporting teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery in 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Vimla spoke to several examples of the important and life-changing work that Interplast does, in providing hope and support to individuals who have suffered life changing injuries, and young children born with cleft lip and palate, or serious scarring. The Club was moved, in seeing the dramatic before and after photos of the recipients of Interplasts support, and the volunteer spirit and generosity that goes into making their important and challenging work possible.