We are a small and motivated breakfast club with members drawn from a wide range of vocations. Our goal is to serve our local community with a strong focus on youth. Our two principle activities are the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) which is an event for high school students held annually at the Museum of Australian Democracy and DreamCricket, which provides opportunities for disabled primary school children to play cricket. We enjoy the friendship and fellowship associated with Rotary service.
Why not join us at Canberra Sunrise Rotary and help us improve our great community here in Canberra.  Drop an email to canberra.sunrise@gmail.com  We'd love to meet you.
The club continues to be very busy on a number of fronts.  In the last month or so, some of our activities have included:
  • The conduct of a DreamCricket Gala Day providing a wonderful modified cricket experience to over 100 students with varying abilities from around the region.  Students and carers and teachers all came away with huge grins and the knowledge that these students can enjoy sport despite the challenges they face.  A great experience for all involved.
  • Our satellite club, the Sundowners, have raised $5,000 and purchased 10 prosthetic hand kits through Helping Hands.  More than just a team building or training activity, those involved spent three hours building prosthetic hands  from the kits.  The teams then decorated the cases holding the hands and they will now be forwarded to amputee landmine victims throughout the developing world.  Refer to http://helpinghandsprogram.com.au/ for more information on the program.
  • We have supported the Leukemia Foundation Light the Night campaign by providing a sausage sizzle to participants and providing the proceeds to the Leukemia Foundation.  Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundation’s beautiful evening lantern walk, where Australians come together and transform the darkness into a sea of glowing light to beat blood cancer.
  • We have raised funds to purchase a Shelterbox to support families through natural disasters.  By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, we’re transforming despair into hope.  Refer to https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/.  
  • We have also this weekend raised over $1,000 in support of the Rotary End Polio campaign, and held a very relaxing get together as part of this activity.  With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matching every dollar raised two to one, this results in a $3,000 contribution to the campaign.  Refer to https://www.endpolio.org/ for more information.
It is great to be part of such a vibrant club.  If you are interested in checking us out, you are welcome to come along to our meetings.  Just email the contact email address to let us know ahead of time.
It has been an inspiring week, hearing from a range of people whose studies are being supported by Rotary, through the Rotary Peace Fellows Program and also the Rotary Foundation Global Grants Scholarships.  Both programs equip people to make positive change in the world.
Rotary is Floriade's charity partner this year. Our club will be showing and telling what it means to be a Rotarian and in particular, a member of Canberra Sunrise at the Rotary marquee at Floriade all day on Sunday 16 September. We are located between Stage 88 and the Kangaroo Pond. Come along to learn how a little time can offer so much back to the community. We look forward to seeing you there!
 Please advise visitor attendance or member non-attendance to Helen Deutsch before 12.00 noon Tuesday every week
Upcoming Events
Jahid Islam
Feb 07, 2019
Polio survivor in Bangledesh & Disability activist
Stephen Utick
Feb 14, 2019
Timor Leste School Garden

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