(Photo by Toronto Star)
Disaster relief organizations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, are set up to respond immediately to short-term needs when calamity strikes. Others, like Rotary International, are focused on longer-term development and rebuilding, in partnership with community groups in affected areas.
As wildfires threatened Fort McMurray, Rotarians from the Toronto area reached out to the Rotary district in Alberta to see how we could help. The District 5370 Governor, who is from Fort McMurray, and the president of the Fort McMurray Rotary Club recommended that the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation set up a "Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund", which the public and corporations, as well as Rotarians can make donations to.
When the disaster is over, and the focus turns to rebuilding the city, an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary Club and the municipality) will advise where the greatest needs are and how the funds should be dispersed.
If you would like to make a donation to this rebuilding fund, you can do so online, or send a cheque to the address below. In either case, note "Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund" on your donation.
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
c/o Rotary District 5370 Office
16030 –104 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 0S3
16030 –104 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 0S3
Toronto Beach Rotary is very happy to have helped Community Centre 55 run their Kidproof program this past year. Kidproof is safety programming that helps children and youth ages 5 to 16 avoid and manage dangerous situations. Courses include Cybersafety/Social Netiquette, Never BEE Lost, Strangersmarts, At Home Alone, and Babysitting Training. CC55 ran 14 workshops and served 206 participants from September 2015 to January 2016. For more information about the great programs run at Centre 55, visit their website.
Application Deadline: May 27, 2016
The Toronto Beach Rotary Club will again make available this fall a fund of $5000 to one inspiring local youth project. Organizations located or working within the Toronto Beach area may apply to be awarded this competitive grant. Download the application form for details.
Join us Thursday, April 28 at 10 am for "Senior Movie Morning at the Fox", sponsored this month by Meridian Credit Union. The movie will be Hail, Caesar! starring Josh Brolin and George Clooney, and directed by the Coen brothers; a moive about Hollywood in the 1950s. Toronto Beach Rotary hosts monthly free movies for anyone aged 50 years +. The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East.
We served up a turkey and ham supper for Out of the Cold on Monday, March 14, 2016. As usual, we thoroughly enjoyed preparing the meal, working with the wonderful people at St. Aidan's Church, and hearing all the compliments from those who filled their bellies. We love doing this every year, sincerely appreciate getting to spend time with the grateful people who take a meal there, and sharing the bounty of our community. A special thank you to St. Aidan's, Cobbs in the Beach for the delicious hot cross buns, and Remarkable Bean for the muffins.
Above: Toronto Beach Rotary members Mark and Bob mash up the potatoes. Check out all of our photos here.
Toronto Beach Rotary welcomes new member Mark Wilson to the club! Mark joined this friendly group of community-spirited people for the opportunity to make a visible difference in the Beach, and because every dollar that goes to Rotary is spent on projects.
Are you interested in joining Rotary? Want to know more? Or would you like to become a "Friend of Rotary", so you can volunteer for specific events? Let us know!
We are "this close" to eradicating Polio! This year there have been only 50 new cases of polio reported, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. To ensure that no child anywhere in the world will have to suffer from a disease that is completely preventable, every dollar donated to Rotary's End Polio Now campaign is matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit www.endpolio.org to learn more or to make a donation.