North Sydney Rotary Club hands over the $20,000- cheque for refurbishment and renovations for the Taldumande Residential Program (refuge)
August 20th 2009 - Taldumande receives $20,000- from North Sydney Rotary Club towards refurbishment and renovations of the refuge.
Jillian Skinner M.P. , a long time supporter of both North Sydney Rotary and Taldumande, attended the luncheon held on Thursday the 20th of August, to celebrate the significant donation and achievement by both services as winners of the Mosman Council Business Achievers awards- community in August 2009.
Taldumande Youth Services were thrilled to receive the significant contribution which will be used to upgrade the property for young people in crisis through the purchase of much needed furnishings and fittings.
Carmen Bekker- Executive Officer, acknowledged the long standing support of Jillian Skinner. M.P who has been attending the organisations AGM’s and young people’s Christmas barbeque for many years, whilst North Sydney Rotary Club also has a long historical involvement since the establishment of Taldumande Youth Refuge in the late 1970’s.
Carmen describes ‘that it is a privilege to be involved with a project that is a genuinely combined community effort dating back many years’.
Taldumande Youth Services.
Seniors Xmas Party
Each July and December the Club has supported the Seniors Xmas in July and December where the members turn on a Xmas Party Lunch and entertainment for approx 170 elderly in the district.
This takes place at the Crows Nest Community Centre and the elderly are transported too and from the event with the help of Community Buses (Supplied by Rotary) and members vehicles.
Past President David Field and his Band the Tokens very kindly donate their time to helping entertain the Senior's in what is a great day out for everyone involved.
Red Shield Appeal
Every year Rotarians help with organising the volunteer collectors for the annual Red Sheild Appeal.
Another year, another good roll-up and congratulations to PP Tony d'Arbon for his successful organisation and commitment to the cause.
Takings of $18,500 were a little down on previous years but there was no shortage of effort from all those involved. Thanks to all who were able to help out on the day.
The presentation of the new van to LifeLine one of the highlights. Resplendent in bright blue with signwriting in white and gold, the van was handed over to LifeLine’s David, Sally, Andrew & Dennis.
This was all made possible in PP Robert Lau's year of fund raising and is an absolutely tremendous achievement by the club. Mention must
be made of PP Jenny's involvement in the purchase of the van and all the organising around it eg signwriting, garaging, coordinating
with LifeLine etc. Thanks again Jenny!
Rotary Club of North Sydney helps build second school in China...
Our own Franko Siu came originally from Hunan province in China where the 120 counties have a population totalling 120 million. Through his own charity, he has been concerned for some years to assist some of the more disadvantaged school children.
To this end the crumbling school at Chi Dung was rebuilt two years ago and the Rotary Club of North Sydney was also able to provide some financial support. Construction of a second school is now under way at Mou Kong where one building was so unsafe that it had to be demolished. The villagers were then faced with the prospect of sending their 570 children 10 km each day to attend school with no transport available. Franko has arranged a construction package for a new school at a contract cost of 630000 renminbi, equivalent to A$105000. A requirement has been that the villagers raise 100,000 renminbi themselves so that they have a level of ownership while the provincial government will be responsible for 60 % of the funding. Franko will again be chipping in, while our own club’s involvement was agreeed on at a Club meeting earlier in this Rotary year.
Franko Siu and Ted Sheedy visited the schools to witness first hand the progress.