Cake Stall in Bunnings 

HAVING FUN AND SUPPORTING LOCAL CHARITIES

It was a cold but cheery Sunday morning. Members of RCGW were out early at the local Bunnings.

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Club members had made cakes, biscuits, Cornish pasties and all sorts of sweet and savoury dishes.

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The mad keen do-it-yourselfers of Monash were out in force. They tell us that they absolutely loved them!

Everybody wins! Members had fun. The club raised a four figure sum to pass on to deserving causes.

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The Rotary club of Glen Waverley supports local community and international intiatives such as mental health and youth education.

 

 

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ANZAC Essay Competition for Local Schools

 
RCGW worked with local schools to promote an essay competition to celebrate 2015 as the centenary of the Gallipolli Landings.

Most local school principals embraced the project which focussed on:-

  • what the landings meant for Australia,
  • what the landings meant for the First World War,
  • what the landings mean to the student.

 

   

All students taking part were given a conducted tour of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. The schools, themselves, have chosen the winning entries. RCGW will take the winners on a trip to the War Memorial in Canberra.

Here, students from South Oakleigh, Sir John Monash Science School and Brentwood Secondary College lay a wreath.

As they did so, their schoolfriends chorussed a moving 'Lest we forget!'

Perhaps the most awful thing about the sacrifices of Gallipolli  is that many of the soldiers who died were little older than these students.

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Our tour guide told us about:-

  • the Gallipolli Campaign itself and the appalling conditions for all of the allied soldiers from Australia, the UK, France and India and also their Turkish opponents,
  • how the Shrine of Remembrance came to be built,
  • the significance of the Shrine of Remembrance in Australian life today.

 

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The tour ended with a simple but poignant symbolic remembrance and - perhaps most important of all - a smile.

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Quilt Show to Support Local Women's Group

The local paper picked up the story! RCGW were to run a quilt show. The proceeds were to go 'Women Building Bridges': a local group who help newly-arrived and refugee women to integrate into Australian society. They sent along a photographer and the story made the press. This was wonderful for boosting attendance.  
The standard of exhibits was extremely high. Here one of the visitors looks in amazement at the Gallipolli Quilt which commemorates the 8,700 Australians who died there. The concept of this quilt is breath-taking and the cleverness of the thought behind it is very impressive.  

Other exhibits celebrated the colour, joy and craft of quilting. This one, especially, drew admiration from the vibrant colours and expression of 'joie de vivre'.

   

Other exhibits celebrated a love of flowers or birds or, in this case, horses.

The exhibition organisers were very pleased to reach their target in fund raising and 'Women Building Bridges' were very pleased to recieve it.

   

Many, many people took photos. We are not sure what they are going to do with the images. However it is within the spirit of the age to say that the sincerest form of flattery is to put something on your mobile phone.