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The Rotary District 7080 organized the Grant Writing Initiative this year.
 
The project aimed at encouraging Interact clubs to submit a Grant application to get funding from Rotary for a local charity of their choice. Writing a grant application requires the use of different skills, including research, planning, excellent communication skills, team work and more. This is not something taught in school and yet, very important for several career paths that students may need in the future.
 
Interact clubs are high school based service clubs that are sponsored by Rotary.  Six Interact clubs in the Rotary District 7820, two of them from Oakville, participated in this initiative: Abbey Park High School (APHS) and Iroquois Ridge High School (IRHS). The former requested $1000 for the Women’s Center of Halton and the latter $1000 for Halton’s Women’s Place. The applications included extensive research on the needs addressed by each institution, based on their mission and vision, contribution by the Interact club either in funding or in-kind and the specific need for which the funds would be allocated.
 
The other schools and applications presented included Nelson High School for Burlington Green, Streestville Secondary School for POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario), Dr. Frank J Hayden Secondary School for SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services) and Central Peel Secondary School for ‘The Shoe Project’ (YWCA).
 
Cheques were presented or mailed to the beneficiary organizations in early June.
 
Abbey Park High School Interact Club
Kate Holmes (The Women’s Centre of Halton) Shivaani Sundralingam& Sami Gupta, (co-Presidents APHS Interact), Liliana Chocarro (Rotary)
 
Iroquois Ridge High School Interact Club
Ryle Gonsalves, Mahendra Shah (Rotary), Ed Sweeney (Rotary), Joseph Amodeo (IRHS), Arohi Khattar(IRHS),  Aminah Amanullah(IRHS), Anunya KIRur(IRHS), Carly Walsh(IRHS), Sara Elayyat(IRHS), Aidan Tran(IRHS), Jessica Loyola (Halton Women's Place)(APHS), and Miles Ross (Rotary 7820).
Many community organizations and individuals benefit from our fundraising work!
 
Where Did We Spend that Money?
  • Diabetes Canada -support for Oakville youth to attend D-Camps
  • March of Dimes Non-Profit Housing Corporation – Repairs to garage area at Howard & Jean Caine Apartments
  • MADD Canada – support of school program in Oakville
  • Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer – Comfy Cases – colourful pillowcases for children at OTMH
  • Safetynet Children & Youth Charities – support of families
  • Kerr Street Mission – funding for food bank
  • Oakwood Public School – purchase of gift cards for needy families
  • Oakville Meals on Wheels – support of ongoing meal program
  • Home Suite Hope Shared Living Corp.–Food Basics gift cards for distribution to clients
  • SAVIS of Halton – funding of group program for sexually abused youth
  • The Salvation Army (Oakville) – support of Fall Family Carnival
  • Oakville REACT Inc. – funding in support of operating expenses
  • Next Year! Support House – District Grant – Repair fire escape at Chartwell Road Housing
Our Side Hustles!
  • Halton Funders Roundtable
  • Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive
  • Salvation Army Halloween Event
  • Support of six Oakwood School Families
We have done many things beyond our borders.
 

Rotary Project Partnership Fund:  A collaboration of 7 participating clubs in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Oakville areas which pool funds to support members’ projects, with District 7080 support.

  • Costa Rica:  Support to a charity called CEPIA to reduce soaring electricity costs through the installation of solar panels.

  • Kenya:  Support to Canadian Nurses for Africa to train 100 grassroots community health care workers in remote areas on Maternal and Newborn Care.  The focus is on identifying the danger signs in pregnancy and birth, and reducing high morbidity and mortality rates.  Initiated by RCOT, with funding provided by the Rotary Clubs of Kitchener and Oakville.

MOB (Milton, Oakville, Burlington) Projects:  a collaboration of 8 clubs in the area which  pool funds to focus on selected global grant opportunities.
 
Global Grants:
  • Uganda:  Primary School renovations, including infrastructure upgrades, solar power, clean water and other WASH elements and income generating initiatives.  Funding includes MOB support as well as contributions from numerous Rotary Clubs in D7080, across North America, Uganda and Europe.

  • Honduras:  Establishment of a fully equipped medical laboratory within the local health center serving low-income residents, improving the capacity of local healthcare professionals and programs.

 
District Grants: 
  • Kenya:  Mukuru Promotion Centre renovations, computer equipment and solar lighting.  Upgrades to a school adjacent to and serving the children of the Mukuru slum, the largest in Nairobi.  Also supported by the Rotary Club of Oakville. 

The Rotary Online Auction is back this year and will be held November 2-16, 2024.

This is a combined effort among the several Ontario Rotary clubs including Burlington North, Rotary Clubs of Oakville, Oakville West, and Oakville Trafalgar, Kitchener, Georgetown, and Milton. The Rotary Online Auction has raised over $600,000 in the past few years with all proceeds used to support projects and charities that benefit local and international communities.

Stay tuned for more details!

 
The Interact Club of Abbey Park High School demonstrated their appreciation for local firefighters by crafting and delivering baskets last week.
 
"Operation Appreciation," was a success on May Day (May 1) for Abbey Park High School's Interact Club, led by co-presidents, Shivaani Sundralingam and Sami Gupta.
"(We) crafted baskets for our local firefighters as a token of our gratitude for their dedication and service," said Sundralingam.
 
Sundralingam says the team is trying to "raise awareness of the importance of recognizing and appreciating our frontline workers, and inspire others to get involved and make a difference in their own communities," hence the name: "Operation Appreciation."
After putting everything together at school, the Interact Club headed over to Oakville Fire Station 6, located at 1510 Postmaster Drive, to drop off the gift baskets for Oakville firefighters.
 
Sundralingam says the entire project was funded by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar.
 
Dr. Liliana Chocarro, the club's director of youth services, says they've established a strong connection with the Interact Club's co-presidents since inaugurating the club last November. "This group is very active, devoted to serve the community and when Shivaani mentioned their idea to prepare appreciation gift baskets for front line workers on May Day I agreed to support them without hesitation," said Dr. Chocarro. "They have also submitted a Grant application to support a charity organization in Halton and we are supporting them as well. Results to be announced very soon," she continued.
Article Originally Produced by OakvilleNews
 
  To see more photos Click Here
by Vanda Albuquerque 
 
I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore after hearing stories from my sisters who’ve visited this beautiful country a few times. Well, I did what “Nelly the elephant” did. I packed my bag and trundled off to the jungle. And, what a glorious concrete jungle I visited last month – June, when I attended the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore.

It took me two (2) travel days to get to Singapore where I joined over 15,000 delegates from around the world to celebrate all that is Rotary at the annual convention.
 
I was truly gob smacked at the fabulous design and location of the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. What a beautiful building and spectacular location for this year’s Rotary convention. It’s a shopping mall, casino, convention centre and hotel all located in a huge complex by the water. The hotel linked to this convention centre is even more spectacular. I went to the sky deck of the hotel and got the most amazing bird’s eye view of Singapore. When I thought about our convention centre in Toronto, it seems so ho-hum and rinky dink.
This year the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar joined forces with the Oakville Lions Club to host a bigger and better Ribfest at the beautiful Sheridan College campus on Trafalgar Road. This expansive paved site meant that we had more ribs, more music, more things to see and do, more fun for the kids, more sweet treats, and more enjoyment all while raising funds to help those in need in our community.
 
There were 9 Ribbers and oodles of other vendors selling delicious food.   In addition to mouth watering ribs & chicken there was an assortment of treats, including poutine, chicken on a bun, hot dogs, back bacon on a bun, corn-on-the-cob, blooming onions, fried potatoes, doughnuts, funnel cake, Beaver Tails, popcorn, ice cream, flavoured ices, lemonade and more. Some visitors went home busting at the seams!
 
 
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Thanks to Ben Brown/Oakville New for the photos
 
On June 12, 2024 the Rotary Clubs of Oakville came together to celebrate the annual Rotary Oakville Education Awards. From 59 applications 30 students were selected to receive this year's awards. The event's emcee was Ryle Gonsalves who herself received an education awards in 2016.  The keynote speaker was Sara Cumming, Executive Director of Home Suite Hope. Iroguois Ridge High School saw two students receive prestigious awards. 
 
The Donna Messer Service Above Self Awards was given to Anunya Kapur.  Hannah Baung received the Bill Barnes Music Award.
 
A copy of the evening's presentation including photographs and statments from the recipients may be viewed at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/162/Documents/en-ca/34d0f52b-56f8-4140-9c9b-02403e7c0b9f/1/.
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Staff Sergeant Ryan Smith Halton Regional Police
Jul 25, 2024 12:00 PM
Review of major issues facing Halton Region
In-person Social at Claire Conway's Home
Aug 15, 2024 12:00 PM
Social meeting with the District Governor attending
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