Good Friday Appeal

Good Friday Appeal

Good Friday Appeal – Reg and Helen Excell have been organising, managing and running the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital for 25 years. Modest Rotarians these amazing folk go about supporting this charity nearly every day of the year as they deliver donation boxes, collect and deposit donations, coordinate volunteers, collection tin sourcing and positioning, liaison with the head office of the appeal, organising insurances, venue hire and many more logistical activities that go on to enable a successful annual collection day. With our Club’s support Helen and Reg have raised OVER $400,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Our Club donates a total of $3,000 per year divided equally between San Remo and Phillip Island collection centres. Helen and Reg welcome volunteers, so if this is a charity you would like to support by giving either time or money please contact...
Bowel Scan

Bowel Scan

Bowelscan is a community service offered by Rotary to help reduce the number of deaths caused by bowel cancer. During the month of May, Rotary is active in promoting and providing test kits for bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is a real killer and the second most common cancer death. It can be detected early and successfully treated. If you or someone you know is over 40 a Bowelscan test should be used every year. A $15.00 Bowelscan Bowel Cancer Test Kit could save your life. You can get a Bowelscan Test Kit from participating pharmacies during the month of May. Our Club provides this community service on a not-for-profit basis. Volunteers from our Club under the direction of Reg Excell manage the logistics for this essential service from sourcing and distributing test kits, to ensuring test kits are sent to the lab for confidential assessment. The Lab provides the results directly to the client and Rotary is not informed or involved in this part of the service. Bowel cancer is a real killer and can affect anyone. It is important to be tested regularly and our Club is proud to provide this service to our community. You will see information about this service every May but if you would like to know more, feel free to contact us....
Woolamai Beach Surf LifeSaving Club

Woolamai Beach Surf LifeSaving Club

The Rotary Club Phillip Island and San Remo have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club (WBSLSC) pledging a donation of $40,000 toward the fundraising appeal to build a dedicated lifesaving patrol facility at Smith’s Beach. WBSLSC aims to raise $250,000 to construct, fit out and maintain a lifesaving facility, including a lookout tower, at the very popular Smith’s Beach location. The commitment by Rotary of $40,000 to the project has well and truly launched the appeal. Rotarian Phil Dressing said that funds from the Rotary Club’s bi annual art show at San Remo have been earmarked to support the project. In addition, The Rotary Club has committed to an annual $5,000 donation over the next three year period, to assist the Club with equipment replacement and maintenance. Mr Dressing said that Rotary is very keen to develop strategic partnerships with organisations serving the local and broader community, and that such partnerships are of huge community benefit. The facility proposed by WBSLSC is required to support plans to establish a permanent lifesaver patrol at Smiths Beach, which is the most popular surf beach on the island. The purpose of the proposed lifesaving facility at Smith’s Beach is threefold. It will act as an observation platform and shelter/communications facility, It will provide first aid treatment facilities, and It will provide storage for life saving equipment. All donations to the appeal are tax deductible. Corporate donations and sponsorships can be discussed via the club administrator at: secretary @ woolamaibeach.asn.au Article and photo kindly supplied by the Phillip Island & San Remo...
The Channel Challenge – Market

The Channel Challenge – Market

The village of San Remo is the entrance to Phillip Island. It is a quiet fishing village most of the year but for one weekend in January or early February every year the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club host a swim and run event known as the Channel Challenge. It is keenly attended by competitors from far and wide. According to the Woolamai Beach SLSC the San Remo Channel Challenge is “Victoria’s Premier Aquathon event”, which consists of a 550 meter swim across the Narrows (channel) and a 2 kilometre run back over the San Remo bridge to the finish line outside one of the village pubs where the large crowds urge the participants on. The Channel Challenge is a day-long festival that includes children’s rides, market stands, various food vendors, the notorious “Hole-in-One” golf challenge, a fashion parade, live music and other festivities. The event is a major fundraiser for Woolamai Beach SLSC, and for our Rotary Club. Our Club coordinates and manages the ‘fair-ground’ and market stalls for this event and receives fees from the festival stalls that helps cover insurances and so forth, with the remainder of fee money going toward our Community projects. This is a great event on our local summer calendar and is enjoyed by our community and many visitors every year. We are proud to be part of it. For more information on the swim/run part of the event, head to www.islandevents.org.au  ...
Supporting BlazeAid

Supporting BlazeAid

Out of the ashes of Black Saturday 2009 came an urgent need for fences to be rebuilt and communities restored. BlazeAid was born. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities. Our Club supports BlazeAid and in 2009 some of our Rotarians were active in rebuilding fences, delivering hay and providing much needed support to farming victims of the terrible Black Saturday fires. These same Rotarians still volunteer with BlazeAid when able and required.     ...
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