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Murrumbidgee Shelterbox delivered to those in need

Over the last couple of years the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club have been feverishly cooking sausages and lamb burgers to raise funds to purchase a shelterbox!

What’s a Shelterbox I hear you ask?

Shelterbox is a Rotary initiative designed to be delivered rapidly to areas affected by natural disaster and conflict during times of need.

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The shelterbox contains cooking equipment, basic tools, water containers and filtering equipment, a large durable family sized tent, mosquito nets, thermal blankets and much much more.  Shelter boxes have been delivered all around the world to support victims of Earthquakes in New Zealand, Tsunamis in Thailand, Cyclones in the Pacific Islands, Floods in Pakistan, Fires in Australia and most recently war torn parts of Iraq and Syria.

Every Shelterbox purchased is given a unique number and can be tracked around the world from it’s centralised storage locations around the world to the location it’s deployed.   For more information or to track our Shelterbox, click here Murrumbidgee Rotary Club Shelterbox delivered to Iraq Kurdistan.

Welcome to the Murrumbidgee Rotary Club

The Murrumbidgee Rotary Club involves a mixed group of all ages, who organise a wide variety of fundraising activities in order to support programs run by groups or individuals in our local community and overseas. We believe in assisting the community whilst having fun.

Rotary is the world’s oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide.

Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Rotary clubs are nonreligious, non-governmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders. Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants.

If Rotary sounds like something you may be interested in why not come and join us. The Murrumbidgee Rotary Club meets weekly at 6:30 Tuesday nights at the Wagga RSL Club in Dobbs St.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic

The Teddy Bears Picnic is a great family event hosted by the Murrumbidgee Rotary club. All proceeds from the day go to Ronald McDonald House. Sunday the 26th of October Collins Park will come alive with music, a teddy bear parade, games, face painting and lots of fun. The day kicks off at 10am with the raffle being drawn at 2:30pm. There will be a coffee stall for the mums and dads as well as plenty of food stalls for the whole family.

Over the last 5 years, the Murrumbidgee Rotary club has raised around $10000 for the local Ronald McDonald House. The house provides accommodation for families of sick children and has helped out 1000’s of families from around the Riverina. For more information about Ronald McDonald House click here

Teddy Bears Picnic 2014

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The Teddy Bears Picnic is a great family event hosted by the Murrumbidgee Rotary club. All proceeds from the day go to Ronald McDonald House. Sunday the 26th of October Collins Park will come alive with music, a teddy bear parade, games, face painting and lots of fun. The day kicks off at 10am with the raffle being drawn at 2:30pm. There will be a coffee stall for the mums and dads as well as plenty of food stalls for the whole family.
Over the last 5 years, the Murrumbidgee Rotary club has raised around $10000 for the local Ronald McDonald House. The house provides accommodation for families of sick children and has helped out 1000’s of families from around the Riverina. For more information about Ronald McDonald House click here

What is Rotary?

Rotary is the world’s oldest service club, and is made up of over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries. Its members form a global network of men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities. Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation’s more than 1.2 million members world-wide.

Belonging to a Rotary club gives men and women an enjoyable and organized way to make a contribution to their community. Rotary members meet weekly to plan club, community, and international service activities. By using their skills and expertise globally, members also enhance their professional network, career development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Rotary clubs are nonreligious, non-governmental, and open to every race, culture, and creed. Members represent a cross section of local business and professional leaders.Rotary builds understanding through international scholarships, exchange programs, and humanitarian grants.

In 2002, Rotary launched the Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, an innovative program designed to educate tomorrow’s peacemakers.Rotary clubs participate in a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities designed to improve the human condition.

Rotary’s humanitarian grants support club projects that provide health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, jobtraining, youth development, and education to millions of people in need —particularly in the developing world.Rotary also provides more than 200 grants each year to fund the work of Rotary volunteers, who travel to parts of the world where their technical expertise and knowledge are most needed to alleviate hardship and solve problems.

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Sunflower House

Sunflower House is a Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Centre in Wagga Wagga especially assisting people with Schizophrenia. Sunflower House runs on a very strict budget and therefore fundraising is a very important component of keeping the doors open and keeping their programs going. Murrumbidgee Rotary is keen to do what it can to help.

Ronald McDonald House

Childhood illness can have a devastating effect on families. As well as all the fear and uncertainty, there are the practicalities of managing the family when a child is away in hospital, often for extended periods of time. At Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), we have been making life easier for seriously ill children and their families in Australia since 1981.

RMHC has a wide range of programs to help seriously ill children and their families across Australia, all focused on making the journey to recovery as easy as possible.

Ronald McDonald House Wagga Wagga opened in March 2005.

Since opening, we have welcomed families from throughout the Riverina, South West Slopes and beyond while their children receive medical treatment in Wagga Wagga.

We are located at 300 Edward Street Wagga Wagga one block from Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and Calvary Hospital and the Calvary Day Procedure Surgery.

The House is also located in close proximity to specialist consulting rooms and the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Dental Clinic.

Our special House provides a home away from home for families with sick or injured children, and expectant mothers, receiving medical treatment or attending medical appointments in Wagga Wagga, enabling families to stay together. Day use of the house is also available for families.

You can find out more here about our programs, our team, the families we help and how you can help us assist more families who need it.

Together we can make a difference!

The Teddy Bears Picnic 2011

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sunday the 20th March 2011 saw us run the second annual Teddy bears Picnic. A fantastic day out for the family with all procedes donated to Ronald McDonald House. Visitors to the Wagga Botanic gardens were treated to a jumping castle, face painting, finger painting, games, teddybears hospital, coffee, plaster bear painting, sausage sizzle and mini dutch pancakes. The weather was fantastic and the club raised $2000 for the Ronald McDonald house kids kottage appeal.

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Science & Engineering Challege

Science & Engineering Challenge

In an effort to encourage more students to enter the Science and Engineering fields, Rotary clubs in Wagga are liaising to bring the Challenge to our region. Students from local high schools will compete in fun hands-on activities designed to encourage students to think outside the square. The Challenge took place on the 1st of March 2011 with Wagga High School winning on the day, progressing to the next level of this national (+Singapore) competition. For more information, click here. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year. If you are interested in helping sponsor the event please contact our Club secretary.

Beautifying Wagga Wagga

Clean-up Day

It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it! Luckily we have some great members who turned out on a sunny day in August to clean up the area around the North Wagga Flats. clean-up-day.jpg

 

Beautifying Gardens at the Museum of the Riverina

In May 2009 we helped staff from the Botanic Gardens plant shrubs and groundcovers around the front of the Museum. Our goal was to encourage bird life and create a relaxing area where members of our community and visitors to our region may enjoy the sights of our beautiful city. The plants are thriving and are a fantastic back-drop to the stunning bronze crow statues that are a feature of the garden.