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 Charities for 2017/2018

Rebuilding from the Rubble - A New Year in Nepal

rebuildingrubbleGatlang in the Langtang District was the second most affected village in Nepal by the April 2015 earthquake.  Once considered an example of unique mountain architecture, Gatlang, like many other villages in Nepal’s worst affected districts, now is made up of rubble and shelters made from zinc sheets.

“Rebuilding from the Rubble” is a humble project designed to rebuild a home in the village of Gatlang from what is left and from new materials we need to buy.  Rotary had an experienced builder on the team who was able to teach additional skills and use of the new tools they took with them.

On 29 December 2017 six Rotarians and 2 RYLArian (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) team leaders travelled to Gatlang to undertake the project.

Relay for Life

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Relay For Life is a global movement that brings communities together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.

To find out more, visit https://www.cancercouncil.org.au/relayforlife/

Charities for 2016/2017

In 2016/2017, the club decided on the focus area of Women's and Children's Development for its fundraising and professional development. This theme is reflected in the charities donated to throughout the year.

Rotary Foundation Maternal and Child Health

cause women quote block 2800x2800Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.

Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

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Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a registered charitable organisation in Ethiopia dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childbirth injuries called obstetric fistulas. Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin founded this organisation in 1974 after being confronted with the tragic situation of Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistulas. 

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia oversees:

  • Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital- the worlds first fistula hospital,
  • Five regional hospitals providing health care to rural women,
  • Hamlin College of Midwives,
  • Desta Mender – Rehabilitation training center for long-term patients.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a world-class centre of excellence for treating obstetric fistulas and training doctors to specialise in this surgery. Rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, counselling and skills training are available to assist patients regain their self-esteem, find meaningful employment and reintegrate to village life. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is dedicated to the eradication of obstetric fistulas through its preventative strategy of providing trained midwives in the rural regions of the country. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia relies on the generosity of donors to continue its work in treating and preventing obstetric fistulas, ensuring Ethiopian women have holistic and compassionate healthcare. Over 500 Ethiopians are employed across Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

To find out more, visit http://hamlinfistula.org.

Share the Dignity
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Share The Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Small dignities make a big difference. They also fund funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women in Australia.

To find out more, visit https://www.sharethedignity.com.au.

Luke Batty Foundation

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On 12 February 2014, 11-year old Luke Batty was murdered by his own father at cricket practice in Tyabb, a quiet suburb on the Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. It was a horrifying event that captured the attention of the entire nation.

The tragedy helped Rosie to find her voice. Since Luke’s death, Rosie has been speaking passionately about the need to address the family violence epidemic. “If Luke hadn’t died in such an extreme way, I’d just be one of those ‘family violence’ people no one listens to,” says Rosie. But now she had a newfound purpose to make a difference, and to create a legacy for Luke.

Her advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence. Much to Rosie’s surprise, she has received awards and acknowledgements for her dedication to the cause and has realised that perhaps she is making a difference.

Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year 2015, was ranked No.33 in the list of the World’s Greatest Leaders 2016 by Fortune magazine, and was named one of the most influential people in the Australian social sector in 2015 and 2016 Impact 25 awards. Rosie has gained the support of many Australians who also want to see change, and who are prepared to do their part to turn things around and demand a society that offers compassion, understanding and effective support to those affected by family violence.

The Luke Batty Foundation is closing its doors. To honour Luke Batty, they are distributing the funds Rosie and her supporters worked so hard to raise in support of the victims of family violence.

 Hope Haven Women's and Children's Refuge

hopeWe decided to donate to Hope Haven again as they provide such a valuable service to our local community for women and children escaping domestic violence.

It is a confidential place for women in crisis to help rebuild their lives.

To find out more, phone 02 6681 6704.

Charities for 2015/2016

Lismore Base Hospital Children's Ward

ourkidsThe Lismore Base Hospital Children's Ward has 20 beds. The Rotaract Club of Ballina-Richmond conducts a toy drive on an annual basis to deliver gifts to the children and support packages for their parents. The drive takes place with the support of the sponsor clubs, Ballina Rotary Club and Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary Club, as well as Our Kids, the Northern Rivers children's health fund.

Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia

MND logoMotor neurone disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die. MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease that can strike anyone. There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND. Each day in Australia two people die from MND and two people are diagnosed with MND. People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact. Average life expectancy is 2.5 years and more than 2,000 people have MND in Australia of whom 60% are male and 40% are female. Mean time from onset to confirmation of diagnosis is 10 to 18 months and approximately 58% of people with MND are under the age of 65.

Every cent of our donation to the MNDRIA will contribute to funding Australia's best research into finding an effective treatment for MND.

To find out more, visit http://www.mndaust.asn.au/.

Beyond Blue: the national depression and anxiety initiative

BEYONDBLUEBeyond Blue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help. beyondblue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience.

To find out more, visit http://www.beyondblue.org.au/.

Hope Haven Women's and Children's Refuge

hopeHope Haven helps women and children escaping domestic violence.

It is a confidential place for women in crisis to help rebuild their lives.

To find out more, phone 02 6681 6704.


interplastAn estimated 143 million people each year go without surgical attention they urgently need, according to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. More than 99 million of those cases are in Asia and Oceania, where Interplast works. For many conditions, plastic and reconstructive surgery is the only path to a productive and comfortable life. If a mum or dad is burned in an accident and not treated adequately, scarring can cause the affected limbs to seize up or fuse to other parts of the body. The right surgical procedure can mean the difference between returning to work, or no longer being able to provide for their family. A child with a cleft lip or facial tumour may be teased so badly that attending school is impossible. Surgery can make the difference between missing out on an education, or fulfilling their potential. For those with cleft palates, surgery can mean the difference between being able to eat properly or suffering from malnutrition, and between speaking with ease or living in silence.

Plastic surgery has the power to change the future of entire communities, yet for millions of those who need it most, it is simply not available or not affordable. In addition to providing free reconstructive surgery, Interplast delivers high quality training for local medical professionals in each of their 17 partner countries, in response to their requests. They do this in close collaboration with their local partners and a network of organisations in Australia and New Zealand. The training programs help strengthen health systems by giving professionals the skills they need to restore function – and hope – to people affected by burns, tumours, hand and foot injuries, congenital anomalies and more.

To find out more, visit http://www.interplast.org.au.

Ballina State Emergency Service Unit

sesThe SES is the agency responsible for dealing with any emergency situation caused by storms and floods.

To contact them for assistance due to floods and storms, call their hotline: 132 500.

To find out more, visit http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au.


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