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A Special Event

Our Rotary Club invites you attend a premiere of the highly acclaimed film Breath, based on Tim Winton’s novel about surf, our culture and coming of age, at the Roxy Theatre in Nowra, Thurs May 3 starting at 7pm for refreshments. Screening at 7.45pm.

This private screening is a fundraiser for a project in Kenya to support a team of nurses to provide basic health care to Kenyans. There is no public health available in poorer areas of Kenya. The funds raised will assist to cover nursing and medical costs for procedures that require hospital care when an Australian team visits in August.

The Breath premiere event is being organised by Kate Thomas who recently joined Kiama Rotary. She is working with Rotary Kenya Health team in conjunction with Mt Warning Rotary club. Tickets are $20 and cover refreshments on arrival and the screening.

Kate Thomas plans to be one of the Rotary volunteers engaged in an international medical mission in Kenya in August this year. Rotary Health provide preventive health care services to thousands of children in the poorest neighborhoods of Kenya including the slum areas of Nairobi. Kate will be a member of a volunteer nursing team working in Kenya for four weeks.

  Kate Thomas.

More than 70 volunteer doctors, dentists, opticians, nurses and non medical volunteers from around the world have been returning to Kenya, annually, to provide their services to a multi-disciplinary team led by Rotary which has been making a difference for the last decade.

More than 12,000 children and young people up to the age of 20 have been screened and treated during these  ‘health and hygiene’ visits. There is a focus on those living in the  Nairobi slums of Mukuru, Mathare and Korogocho, where the poverty rate is high and access to preventive health care extremely limited.

Projects that have been undertaken during the visits include: the setting up of dental clinics at local schools, eye treatment and examinations where the optical team produced prescription spectacles,  and specialist HIV/Aids counseling and treatment. A 150 foot-deep water well was also built in the village of Mithini, to put an end to residents having to walk miles each day to haul water from a polluted source.

You can assist with this humanitarian project.  Donate directly at

You are also invited to attend a fundraising gala screening of the film “Breath” at the Roxy cinema in Nowra, on Thursday 3 May.  Refreshments at 7pm and screening at 7:45. Tickets are $20.  You can purchase a ticket through  or contact Kate on 0418 648102.

The film is a highly acclaimed adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel about surf, culture and coming of age.  Margaret Pomeranz calls Breath “A sublime adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel, Simon Baker’s debut feature is a knockout! It’s just beautful!”

If you would like to join us on the night or support the project by donation contact Kate on 0418 648102 or book through

Weekly News for 20 Feb 2018

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant  launched the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) on February 6.

Service Above Self: Kiama Rotary's Ian and Carole Johnston (left) were presented with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions by Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and his wife Linda.

Service Above Self: Kiama Rotary’s Ian and Carole Johnston (left) were presented with Paul Harris Fellow recognitions by Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, and his wife Linda.

 Since 2015 the Rotary Districts and Clubs of NSW have acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of emergency services personnel across the state and this year the expanded awards will include the four emergency services agencies in the ACT.

Mr Grant thanked Rotary for establishing the awards, which highlight the invaluable work undertaken by emergency services personnel and volunteers, who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

“The men and women in our emergency services epitomise the traits that bind and strengthen our communities,” Mr Grant said.

“Our emergency services have proudly chosen to devote their time to the service and protection of the community. They are often the first on the scene in times of crisis, and are the lifesaving hands that work to rescue or assist those in desperate need.

“As first responders their contribution to this state is immeasurable and these awards highlight their actions and service.”

In line with the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, the Emergency Services Community Awards recognise emergency services personnel for their community service beyond the call of normal duties.

The awards are the only time that all emergency services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards ceremony.

The expansion of the Awards for the ACT will be the first step in initiating a National Awards recognition, with each State and Territory using the NSW model to recognise and celebrate their unsung heroes.

The Rotary Clubs of Illawarra piloted this very successful project over three years with the support of the local community and emergency services.

On the night it was an opportunity to recognise the services of two Rotarians who have worked tirelessly and shaped the project since its inception – Ian and Carole Johnston of the Rotary Club of Kiama.

Ian and Carole are moving to Canada in April.  This was an ideal opportunity to recognise their dedication and service through the Award of Rotary International’s very prestigious Paul Harris Fellow – PHF – Recognitions, two each from the Rotary District and from the Committee of the Awards.

These added to existing PHF recognitions for each of them.  The Governor of NSW, His Excellency, The Hon David Hurley, Patron of RESCA, pinned the PHF sapphire presented to Ian; while Mrs Hurley presented it to Carole.  

Members of the public and emergency services workers are encouraged to act now,  submit online nominations via the awards website at

Nominations will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 28. A panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts will assess nominees on three key criteria:

  • Community service above and beyond the call of normal duties, which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self;
  • Personal attributes; and
  • Contribution to their organisation.

Finalists will be announced on April 11, and an awards dinner will be hosted on Friday, June 1.

For further information, contact Dot Hennessy on 0412 130 314 or by email: