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WELCOME to our guests for the first meeting of the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
  • Visiting Rotarian Kay Eva guest speaker and her husband John
  • Stiches of Hope donors Gordon Lindsell, George and Jill Perry, Bruce and Robin Robinson, Marvin Pearson, Wendy Bamford, Cecil Aaron and Laureen Carter
  • Rev. Pamela Turner from St Michael's Mt Pleasant
  • Bev Stott from Anglicare Street Connect
  • Greg Hebble, CEO Foodbank WA
  • Kelly Jennings, President of Mt Pleasant Primary School P&C, and her son Sebastian, guests of Lesley Combes
  • Connor Ovens, Club guest, Outbound Youth Exchange
  • Darren Seet, guest of Ian Fairnie
At our next meeting we will hear from one of our own members, Max Cunnington who will give us a thumbnail sketch of his abbreviated life story.


Largest Club Meeting for Some Years!

Over 40 people, one of the largest Club gatherings for some years, attended the first meeting of President Barry’s year, to focus on what Barry described as the city within the city, the homeless and hungry people of Perth.
Our guests included nine donors of sleeping bags, which were made in a village in Cambodia, ending up being handed over to homeless youth in Perth by Anglicare Street Connect.  All nine donors came from St Michael’s Anglican Church in Mt Pleasant, and many of them would fit the descriptor that President Barry has coined for potential new members of Applecross Rotary – they have time, talent and treasure to share on worthwhile projects.
Swan Districts Rotarian Kay Eva kicked off the presentations telling us how Stitches of Hope was established some 15 years ago.  It focussed on supporting impoverished villagers in Cambodia with better education, housing and sanitation; something Rotary does in so many countries in South East Asia.  A quick perusal of the Stitches of Hope website will answer any general questions.
However a few years ago Kay and John Eva added another dimension, turning the villagers’ skills in making clothes into a small business.   The main game changer came in 2015 when “Sewing Centre 3” switched to making sleeping bags which are brought to Perth in a sea container, and made available for donation to any number of registered street charities.  This is when Kay handed over to Rev. Pamela Turner from St Michael’s and Bev Stott from Street Connect.
Pamela had been brainstorming ideas about what her congregation might do to help others during winter, and a chance remark made by Foodbank caught her attention: Foodbank can provide a healthy meal for 50cents.  The miracle of feeding the 5000 is a well-known gospel story: Foodbank was saying they could do it for $2500!  That’s eminently doable!
Then along comes the opportunity provided through Stitches of Hope, and it took just two weeks to find 28 sleeping bag donors*, and a fundraising dinner of home cooked donated food to kick start the program in June.  This month is designated Souper July, to raise more money.
Bec Stott then took up the story telling us how the sleeping bags have been delivered to homeless kids and outlined all the other services that Street Connect provides through its 20 year old bus driving thought the streets of Perth.  The bus even has its own postal address, which enables homeless people to have the address they need to qualify for other services provided by local councils and agencies.
And finally, Greg Hebble, the CEO of Foodbank WA, whetted our appetite for a forthcoming presentation to our Club with a few statistics indicating that there are a lot of people in WA finding it difficult to feed their families this winter and the majority of them have jobs!
* 35 sleeping bags had been donated by the end of June and another three were donated during the meeting today!
Rev. Pamela Turner from St Michael's
Bev Stott from Street Connect
Greg Hebble, CEO Foodbank

Local School Support

President Barry presented a $3000 donation from the Club to Kelly Jennings , President of the Mt Pleasant Primary School P&C.  The donation will go towards support material for the teachers at the school.  The P&C are raising funds to meet a budget shortfall caused by the increase in student numbers due to the increase in building apartments in the area.  Applecross Rotary  is pleased to be able to support our local schools with funds we raise from the local community.

Applecross Rotary Legend Ray Wales


Applecross Rotary Legend Ray Wales recently moved into Regents Gardens Retirement Village.  Lorri Brazier has taken him for coffee a few times while Helen Jones and Ian Fairnie have dropped in for a chat.  He’s in room B40 and welcomes visitors.  The staff there are really helpful and have promised to help him get ready in the morning so he can start coming to Rotary meetings again.
He has a small supply of red wine and a couple of glasses and is sure to enjoy any snacks you bring along, even though he is getting three meals a day.  Once he has settled in he’ll let the Club know if there is any other help they can provide.  His mobile phone is switched on most of the time so you are welcome to call him.
Regents Gardens is right next to the Mt Pleasant Baptist Church in Marmion St, Booragoon.

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
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