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Weekly News for 14 May 17

Apples, apples and even more lovely, pink-lady apples freshly picked and delivered direct from Batlow.

Rotarians Alan Waterworth and Joe Mura drove down to Batlow and back on Tuesday to collect this year’s supply of apples straight from the orchard. This annual fundraising event is a much-anticipated delicacy for local apple fanciers.

Rotary family and friends were on hand to receive delivery and spent a strenuous but enjoyable few hours bagging the apples ready for sale around town.  We have been able to keep the same price of $5 per bag – the same as previous years.

The apples will be available at various outlets around town including Kiama Newsagency, Kiama Leisure Centre and more. Funds raised will help support our various local and international projects.

Rotary Supports Local Youth Projects

Last week, the Rotary Club of Kiama celebrated its ongoing involvement in several local youth projects by holding a special Youth Service dinner at Kiama Leagues Club.

Special guests included: Kiama High School’s Student Wellbeing and Engagement Teacher Ms Jane Littrich, Mr Andrew Chatfield from Kiama Youth Centre and Rotary Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) students Bridget McCormack and Jade Vidilini accompanied by their families.

RYPEN program is for young people aged 14 – 16 years and caters for teenagers who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity and application in everyday life, which deserve further development.  RYPEN uses the common bonds of learning, co-operation and friendship to design activities while facilitate trust and self-esteem. RYPEN seeks to broaden each participant’s horizons culturally, socially and academically, providing the inner foundations for a strong future.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary’s Youth programs, please contact the Rotary Club of Kiama Youth Director Heather Morton on 0401 177 799 or visit http://rotarykiama.org.au  and follow us on facebook.com/RotaryKiama.

Mal Bracken, Kiama Rotary Acting Youth Director presented Kiama High School with a cheque for $1,800 to support of the introduction of the Junior Top Blokes “Crossroads” Program at Kiama High. The program will be delivered by the Top Blokes Foundation and will deliver an innovative social education program to empower teenage boys to make healthy life choices and improve their health and wellbeing.

Mal also presented $1,000 to the Kiama Youth Centre to assist the funding of Young Women’s and Men’s Programs which help build resilience, capacity and encouraging positive approaches to life.  Andrew Chatfield said: “The financial contribution from Kiama Rotary is really going to help more local, young men and women than we can currently serve.  With the various issues that are prevalent amongst young people within the community, I think as a community and working together in partnership we can start addressing some of these issues.”

Miss McCormack and Miss Vidilini spoke enthusiastically about their recent experiences at RYPEN and how it provided them with a positive experience including: a heightened sense of self-confidence, knowledge and skills regarding stress management plus making many new friendships.  

The 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Service Awards

The 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Service Awards will remain open for an additional week due to the delayed opening of the nomination period.  Unfortunately, the planned opening coincided with the recent floods on the North Coast. Members of the public and fellow officers are encouraged to submit entries online at http://www.rotaryescawards.org.au. Nominations now close on Friday 19 May 2017.

2016 Winners

In line with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge and celebrate selfless Community Service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel while supporting two important Rotary initiatives: (1) an Australian Rotary Health – PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel and (2) a Vanuatu Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Vocational Training project.

The Awards are open to all emergency services personnel (both paid and volunteer) from the six official NSW emergency service agencies, namely Fire & Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

Kiama Rotarians have been actively involved in managing this event since its inception.