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Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP announced funding that enables the next stage of Kiama Rotary Club’s Mental Health Intervention Project to be run at Kiama High School. More young people in Kiama will learn how to recognise mental health problems and reach out for support if they or their peers need it, thanks to $8,000 funding from the New South Wales Government. “Early interventions initiatives like this project are a vital part of helping young people who may be experiencing mental health problems,” Mr Ward said.

Mr Ward made the announcement with Principal Catherine Glover and representatives from the Rotary Club of Kiama including Trevor Phillis and Mal Bracken during a visit to Kiama High School, on Friday July 6. Principal Catherine Glover and School Councillor Nathan Vickery of Kiama High School have thrown their full support behind the program. Principal Glover said: “We are very appreciative of this funding which will allow Kiama High School to continue its proactive approach to empowering our students. Nathan Vickery, a school counsellor, has been trained as an instructor to deliver Mental Health First Aid to staff in our Wellbeing Team and all Year 8 and 10 students.”

“It is a key component in our Wellbeing Program and provides evidence-based education which gives young people the skills to identify and respond to risks. We have enjoyed working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kiama to maintain a strong focus in promoting mental health,” Ms Glover said.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP making the announcement at Kiama High School today with Principal Catherine Glover and representatives from the Rotary Club of Kiama including Trevor Phillis and Mal Bracken.

Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong Team Together to Save Lives
Two out of three Australians will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma kills more young Australians (15-39 year olds) than any other single cancer. The ABC Australian Story featuring Emma Betts documented her experience of skin cancer. Emma also shared her experience on Facebook under the title of Dear Melanoma to encourage other young people to have their skin checked.
With early detection, over 95% of skin cancers can be easily treated. 
The Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong, with the support of a local benefactor, have taken action in the early detection of skin cancer in our area.  In the last year they have conducted four free skin screening sessions in Kiama and Gerringong providing full skin checks. The next free screening will be during the Car Expo on Nov 11 at the Kiama Show Ground.
Local GPs,  Dr Robyn Dalley, Dr John McAlpine, Dr Brian Cox and Dr Mark Burgess have volunteered their services. Of the 270 people screened, so far, almost 30% have been referred to their GPs for further investigation of skin lesions. Unfortunately, we have two confirmed reports of Melanomas from those who have been screened. Both have had good out comes as a result of early detection.
The Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong issued the doctors with certificates of appreciation recognising their contribution to the program.

Dr John McAlpine Dr Mark Burgess Dr Robyn Dalley

Kiama Pipe Band Marching Strong

The sound of the pipes and the beat of the drums can always draw a crowd and this was certainly the case on Sunday 24 June when Kiama Pipe Band performed in Hindmarsh Park.

The Band has a strong community focus and receives support from Kiama Rotary and Lions Clubs and the Kiama/Jamberoo RSL sub branch. On Sunday the Rotary Club of Kiama presented a donation of $1000 to help maintain the band into the future.

The kilt in the uniform is the “Red Ulster” tartan and this was chosen to maintain the link between Kiama and the many early pioneers of the district who came from that part of Ireland. The band is very cosmopolitan, having both male and female players from Australia, Ireland and America in its ranks.

The band and individual pipers are in great demand for ANZAC commemoration events and to play at weddings and funerals. Under the direction of Pipe Major Paul Wells the band is always willing to offer its support for local community events where the presence of the band can add some colour and spectacle.

A key goal of the band is to develop its playing strength so that the Kiama Community can continue to enjoy the benefits of having its own Pipe Band. We offer free tuition to young and old who are interested in learning to play pipes or drums so if anyone would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.

Contact the Secretary John Kenny on 0434 989 253 or send us an e mail at for further information on bookings or to express interest in joining the band.

Pipe Major of Kiama Pipe Band  Paul Wells receiving a donation from Bill Humphreys on behalf of Kiama Rotary Club.
Expressions of Interest for Jamberoo Probus
Consideration is being given to the formation of a new Probus Club in Jamberoo as an avenue for retired and semi-retired people to keep their minds active and expand their interests. Probus Clubs generally meet once a month for fun activities or excursions. They are social clubs and generally include both men and women. There are no fund raising activities. The regular gatherings offer an opportunity to develop new friendships and engage in new and interesting activities.
Retired or Semi-Retired residents of Jamberoo who are interested in new friendships and fun activities please register your interest with Mal Bracken of Kiama Rotary at

or by telephone 42323828. Your name, address and telephone number are requested.

If there is sufficient interest in the Jamberoo area, at least 30 -40 people, then a meeting will be held to discuss the establishment of a club.  Setting up of Probus clubs is a community service provided by Rotary. Mal is a member of Kiama Rotary and has founded a number of Probus clubs in other districts.

Please share this request with senior members of the Jamberoo Community.