2017 Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes wins again
November 7 saw the club with one of their major fundraisers at The Fiddler Hotel at Rouse Hill, supporting us by allowing the club to sell our Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes tickets.
As usual, one happy winner was found, who was pleased to have been presented witha lazy $1,000 cash for her $2 outlay.
Thanks go to The Fiddler for their continued support and also to the members who gave up their 4 hours work time to sell the tickets.
Umuja Orphange Kenya Cultural Evening - 8 Oct 2017
The Ponds Rotary Club are hosting a Kenyan Cultural Evening on Sunday the 8th of October. UMOJA is another wonderful project of RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service), and Umoja Orphanage Kenya team is conducting a guest speaking tour of some Rotary Clubs in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland plus speaking at District 9570 conference in October.
Umoja Orphanage Kenya's Kenyan manager Patrick Kea has been sponsored to come to Australia to share his side of the story along with Cathy Booth, to talk of the challenges, the blood, sweat and tears that go into a project such as Umoja Orphanage Kenya – registered in Kenya as Umoja Children’s Village.
Team will also discuss cultural, tribal, and many other social beliefs that we have had to take into account when creating such a project.
For further details, visit our Facebook page
Helping Hand Bags - Ending 30 Nov 17
The Rotary Club of The Ponds are now collecting pre-loved handbags for their very successful project we call Rotary's Helping Hand Bags.
This involves collecting pre-loved handbags that are then filled with items of use to at risk or homeless women.
Our dynamic Community Service Director Zoe, coordinated with the community and our members and last year the club collected 312 of those bags, which was an amazing effort.
We were able to source the contents for the bags from donations from corporate busineses as well as RAWCS and the Salvation Army and many many wonderful people donating items. We thank everyone in the community who helped us with this project.
Each of our bags contained the following essentials:
- Full packet of Pad or tampons
- Bar of Soap
- A luxury item
We fill the bag with handcream, cleansers/moisturiser, tissues, shampoo/conditioner and other wonderful and essential products!
On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless
Each year 1 in 42 women aged 15-24 will access a homeless service
Over 1 in 3 women aged over 15 have experienced violence from a current or former partner. Domestic and family violence is the number one reason people report to homelessness services.
25% of those reported to be homeless are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians. (3% of entire Australian population are Aboriginal/Torres Strait)
30% were born overseas
18% of those homeless are aged 25-34 years.