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.
Members of the Sundowners and Sunriser teams went in search of their artistic inner self last night in a Paint for Polio event.  Those in attendance were given some tuition and attempted to create a painting of an undersea scene.  A lot of fun was had by all.  More importantly, $300 was raised towards the Rotary End Polio campaign.  With the support of Bill and Melinda Gates' 2:1 additional donation, this means $900 all up was raised for this important international polio eradication campaign.
The Club conducted another DreamCricket clinic last week, this time at Harrison Primary School.  About 20 students with varying disabilities enjoyed a modified game of cricket and the exhilaration of being able to participate in a sport.  Well done to the RCCS volunteers involved in another successful clinic.
The DreamCricket Gala Day, involving multiple schools and over 100 students will be held on 5 November.  More information on DreamCricket is available at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/7687/sitepage/dreamcricket
It was great to welcome our newest Sundowner member, Emma. Emma has past Rotary experience and we look forward to her joining the Sundowners in their hands on local and wider community projects.   Pictured are Canberra Sunrise President, Lain, Canberra Sundowners Chair Tara and Emma at her induction.  Check out the Sundowners activities at: https://www.facebook.com/canberrasundownersrotary/
Our recent guest speaker, Beth Woolley, provided a stimulating presentation on the End Polio campaign.  The presentation walked through Rotary's journey initiating and sustaining the End Polio campaign, and the tremendous support of partners in getting so close to world eradication of the disease.  The good news is that Nigeria is at the 3 year mark without new cases, so is about to be declared Polio free.  But we still have 88 confirmed cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the year to date.  We were reminded that we cannot stop our endeavours, even though it seems soooo close to the end; and that if we were to stop our efforts tomorrow, within 10 years an estimated 200,000 cases per year would be the outcome.
Thanks to everyone that supports this great cause.  If you feel you can contribute financially to help us get closer, head to this web page - https://www.endpolio.org/how-to-help.  Remember, for every dollar contributed, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $2.  We can do this!
Some 120 children aged 8 to 12 with a wide range of disabilities from the ACT and surrounding region will gather at Radford College in Canberra on the 5th of November for the DreamCricket Gala Day conducted by the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise.  In teams representing their schools, they will participate in a program of specially adapted cricket-based activities aimed at building their confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe environment. This has been a major part of the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise's work since 2015 (more information here)
DreamCricket was initiated by the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation.  The first Gala Day was held in 2008 at the Bradman Oval in Bowral and, since then, school clinics and Gala Days have been held in all mainland states of Australia as well as in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
The aims of DreamCricket are:
  • To maximise the quality of sporting experience for primary school students with a disability; 
  • To raise the standards of citizenship and behaviour through education, high expectations, discipline and enjoyment; and 
  • To provide a model for schools and communities in arranging similar activities. 
Who Can Play?
Primary school students in years three to six who have an intellectual, physical or sight impaired disability are eligible to participate. The DreamCricket Gala Day will help teachers, carers and parents in improving the self-esteem and confidence in their children.
Admission for Gala Day is free and medallions, team hats, drinks and snacks will be provided.  Equipment and coaches will be provided by DreamCricket Australia and local Rotarians as well as students from local high schools who will be participating as part of their community service program.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Rotarians and their communities and businesses to get together to show that cricket is a game available for every child regardless of their skills or abilities.
We look forward to seeing you there

Contact: email  Jonathan Lyall 

WHEN:       Tuesday 5 November 2019
WHERE:     Radford College, Canberra
Our sixth annual Trivia fund-raiser on 4th October again saw over $10,000 raised in support of our nominated charity.  This year our sponsored charity was Rise Above Canberra - https://riseabovecbr.org.au/, who provide tremendous financial and other support for those going through a cancer challenge and their families.  It was a poignant evening, with an early challenge for those who have not had a friend or family member affected by cancer asked to sit down - with not one of the 120 attendees sitting.  Our club also celebrated our member Bob Quiggin, who passed away from cancer this year, and used this as further motivation for raising funds on the night.
In an entertaining evening, our MC Andrea Ho kept the trivia activities moving and provided some great background in relation to some of the questions.  Andrea has hosted this event four times now, and says it helps to pay Rotary back for her wonderful year as a Rotary sponsored Exchange student in Japan in her younger days.  Thanks so much to Andrea for helping to make this another great event.
The Canberra Rotary Means Business group launched tonight, with over one hundred Rotarians and local business representatives taking a part in an active networking opportunity.  Plenty of business cards were swapped, with a broad range of intersecting areas of interest.  We heard a little about the great work of the Indigo Foundation - https://www.indigofoundation.org/, as well as some of the diverse community work being undertaken by the four Rotary Clubs and two Rotaract Clubs that are members of the group.  A type of speed dating service was tried and broke the ice between Rotarians and business guests.  I would not be surprised to see a number of Rotary-business relationships spawned from the evening.
Look out for our notices for the next event planned to be held on 21 November.
Over the period 7-10 September, ten international Peace Fellows, undertaking their Rotary peace and conflict resolution studies at the University of Queensland, visited Canberra.  During the visit, the Peace Fellows visited a number of Canberra institutions, including the War Memorial, the National Museum, the Australian Civil Military Centre and ANU.  The Peace Fellows all have different backgrounds and objectives from the studies, with the common aim of supporting peace processes in their region or area of speciality.
The Peace Fellows dinner on 9 September was a celebration of Rotary's support to this very significant initiative and of the drive and character of each of the Peace Fellows.  Each Peace Fellow spoke of their background and desires after completing their studies.  Several cited the visit to the Rotary Peace Bell on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin as one of the highlights of the visit - for more information on the Peace Bell see: https://www.canberrarotarypeacebell.org/
 Please advise visitor attendance or member non-attendance to Helen Deutsch before 12.00 noon Tuesday every week

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