The Rotary Club of The Ponds participated in a project called "It's in the Bag" run by an organisation called "Share the Dignity". This involved collecting pre-loved handbags that were then filled with items of use to at risk or homeless women. This project was Australia wide and a very impressive 101,973 handbags were donated across Australia this year.
As a result of our dynamic Community Service Director Zoe, our 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 were able to 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.
Welcome to the Rotary Club of The Ponds
We are a Rotary Club located in District 9865, in NSW. We received our new charter on 15 January 2016. Our club was formerly known as the Rotary Club of Vinegar Hill, but it was decided that a name change was necessary because we are wanting to be able to help out in the local community of The Ponds, in North-Western Sydney.
We were also the first Rotary Coffee Club to be started in Australia. This club meets every 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoon at the Cafe located in the foyer of Wooloworths at The Ponds Shopping Centre and enjoy our fellowship whilst sipping coffee, tea or a cold drink.
We do Rotary very differently than other clubs, as we have dispensed with the traditions of the past. We are Low cost fee, family friendly, multi-cultural, group of community minded people working together for a common goal.
New members are welcome to join this vibrant and enthusiastic group of community minded individuals. We encourage everyone who is retired or working, ladies and men to please just pop down to Woolies on any of the dates listed on the side or complete the form on the Contact Us page.
Please visit our site as we move forward to fill a unique need in The Ponds area and Rotary world at large.
2016 Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes
The Ponds Rotary Club conducted its first Melbourne Cup Sweepstakes which was held on Melbourne Cup Day at The Fiddler at Rouse Hill.
4 members, President Bruce, Secretary Stephen, Guna and Zoe, Zoe's Mum and Robyn, (Stephen's wife), contributed to sell the remaining 1900 tickets in the 3 hours prior to the big race. We did sell a small number welsewhere, but this venue is awesome and we thank The Fiddler for their generosity in allowing us to do this.
The winning ticket was sold by Stephen, and the winner was a very lucky lady Amanda Fradd.
The finds raised will be directed to youth projects in our area.
Pictured is President Bruce Nicholls and Stephen DInte presenting the winner Amanda Fradd, a Rouse Hill local with her $1,000 cash proze.
The Russell Reserve ANZAC Memorial - 3rd August 2015
The Dedication of the Memorial was attended by the President of the Rotary Club of Vinegar Hill, Mr. Bruce Nicholls, Federal Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke; The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation The Hon. Victor Dominello; The State Member for Castle Hill and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Western Sydney The Hon Ray Williams MP; Councillor Dr.Jeff Lowe representing the Mayor of The Hills Shire Council, Rotary District 9685 Governor Gina Growden, other distinguished guests, friends, Rotarians and students and teachers of Rouse Hill High, Rouse Hill Anglican College, Our Lady of the Angels, and Riverstone High.
President Bruce welcomed everyone to this important date in the short history of the Club, and spoke of the dedicated efforts of the past Club Mentor, Mr. Peter Casey in getting this project established, obtaining the funding and arranging the construction.
PROGRESS REPORT 28 June 2015