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The Rotary Club of Kiama – Serving Our Community
Support for the Kiama Pipe Band
There are many reasons why the sound of bagpipes and drums can stir the blood and tug at your heart, be it a lone piper or a massed band. Sadly, fewer and fewer Australian towns, cities and organisations boast the presence of a “local pipe and drum band”. In what is most often a voluntary role, the colour and spectacle a band provides to local events and celebrations are highly valued by its community.
Pipe bands have long been part of military tradition, most notably in the UK and its former colonies. Many of the same standard tunes are found in the military and civilian pipe band repertoires. Similarities exist regarding musical style, historical and musical influences, and dress and deportment.
The Rotary Club of Kiama has been a keen supporter of the Kiama Pipe Band. On 19th October, Carol Jagger, the President of the Rotary Club of Kiama, was delighted to present the Kiama Pipe Band with a cheque for $1,500. This donation will purchase new equipment and assist with ongoing expenses, which means a continuing presence of this grand local tradition in our town.
By Carol Jagger – President of The Rotary Club of Kiama Inc.
Since October 2021, the Rotary Club of Kiama has been researching the location of publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units in the Kiama Municipality.
We have surveyed Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa, and Kiama. The list is extensive, and we thank our members for their attention to detail in generating the list.
This activity has had surprising results as there are many units in the Municipality – but no one knows where they all are; some were obscure and hidden away. As part of our survey, we have requested the defibrillator owners to ensure all units are available to the public and are highly visible. We thank those businesses and organisations who have made their units easier to find.
As part of our Community initiative, the Rotary Club of Kiama will shortly be donating a defibrillator to be located on a publicly accessible wall at the Sebel Harbourside complex in Kiama. The Sebel has partnered with us to provide the most suitable location providing ease of access from Black Beach, where members of the public frequently visit. This unit will be available twenty-four hours a day in case of a nearby medical emergency.
As part of our identification survey, we are well advanced in determining what locations are available twenty-four hours a day and what units are only accessible during business hours. This is vital information and is intended to be uploaded to as many local points of medical information as are willing to display it. We also wish to publish results in the Bugle for again community awareness.
As a side note to this story, one of our newest members, Graham, has taken on the defibrillator project as his life was saved numerous times due to an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that was available to him during a medical emergency. He is living proof of the value of easily accessible, rapid-response emergency equipment.
The Rotary Club of Kiama is dedicated to “Actions” that serve and improve our community.