At last night’s club meeting the members approved accepting an Inbound Youth Exchange Student from July 2015 to July 2016.
Hsin-Yi (Cindy) Hu was a reciprocal exchange from District 3470 in Taiwan for anOutbound student in District 9675 (Greater Sydney and Surrounds).Due to some problems in their District they are no longer in the position to acceptCindy and several other inbound students. Many other clubs, like us, are raising their hands to fill the void so as these students are able to come to Australia on exchange.
This past weekend saw a large number of our members out working in the community.
The weekend started with members and friends filling two shifts, involved in car parking duties at the Gregory Terrace, St Joseph’s College Sporting Grounds at Tennyson for their school sporting fixtures. Sunday morning started at 0500 for some of our members and supporters at the Annual Fun Run held at UQ St Lucia. Later Sunday morning we had a team back at the Tennyson sporting grounds directing traffic for a Football (Soccer) Tournament for Refugees hosted by Gregory Terrace. Well done to all who participated in any of those teams, helping the public to see Rotarians At Work in the community.
Thank you to members Mary-Ellen and Dee for introducing us to the Days for Girls charity and for organising the upcoming Girls Day Out High Tea on Sunday 31st May to help fundraise for the cause. Days for Girls is a grass roots charity with a network of teams and chapters around the world that provide quality and sustainable sanitary hygiene kits to girls and women who would otherwise go without due to poverty or a lack of access.
Going without these products results in missed days at school and work putting these girls and women at risk of infection and exploitation. The Days for Girls sanitary hygiene kits contain washable and reusable sanitary products which last up to 3 years and to date the charity has provided over 100,000 kits to girls and women in over 75 countries. In addition to providing these kits, the charity also provides reproductive and hygiene education and encourages and supports locally made hygiene kits to help generate income for local communities. Funds raised from the High Tea on Sunday 31st May will go towards the purchase of fabric, underwear, towels and soap for the kits for direct distribution to girls and women around the world. If you are also able to help with the sewing of the kit components see Mary-Ellen about starting up our very own Days for Girls Team! Visit www.daysforgirls.org for more information.
Tonight I joined with about 30 Rotarians and attended the very first Rotary/ Rotaract Networking Evening.Many clubs were represented as well as the District by DG Phillip Charles and Marlene as well as DGN Doug St. Clair.
Immediate Past President, Brooke Gibson (Rotaract Club of Sunnybank) addresses the guest at the meeting.
Thanks to Dee Douglas and Mary-Ellen Nielsen today’s High Tea was a great success.
They were the driving force behind our first ever fundraising effort in support of the “Days For Girls” Charity.Dee and Mary-Ellen received fantastic support from other members of our club during the organising process.
“Days For Girls” is an international organisation and for more information please check out their webpage at www.daysforgirls.org or contact our Rotary Club through the Contacts tab on this Homepage.
Please keep our Immediate Past President Stephen Ganko and his family in your thoughts as we await further news onhis fate and that of his companions in Nepal. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal yesterday, during all of the confusion, one of his party was able to make contact with his wife in Graceville to let her know that everyone in their party was alright. At the time of the earthquake they were at Everest Base Camp.Although they had no exit strategy at the time, information flowing from DEFAT is saying that all airports are now open and they will be running international flights around the clock. Unconfirmed news reports have stated that they have helicopters getting the injured out so perhaps they will be evacuated soon. I will post more as I receive information.