Speaker Date Topic
Erica Morgante Apr 27, 2017
Home Instead

My name is Erica Morgante and I represent Home InsteadSenior Care, we provide in-home community care for ageing adults.

Part of my role with Home Instead is speaking with and educating the Gold Coast community around home care; what’s available, how to access care, eligibility, My Aged Care/government subsidised care, etc. 


Home Instead has been supporting ageing adults on the Gold Coast for the past 11 years, we are not a new organisation. We provide home care services such as:

  • Personal care
  • Dementia care
  • Palliative care
  • Disability care
  • Transition care from hospital to home
  • House work/social support/meal preparation/transport/companionship, etc.
  • We provide a very discreet service with no advertising on cars or uniforms
  • We offer a suite of FREE resources for families around communication/conflict resolution, dementia care, end of life care, community home care, home safety, arthritis, etc.


Club Member Bren Milson May 04, 2017
On Various
Lance Edbrooke May 11, 2017
'Happy Chappy"

The  Miami LCC. Having moved to the Gold Coast six years ago, Lance is an active volunteer in a number of community organisations. He is supported by Robert Kelly on powerpoint – 40 years on the teaching-staff at Miami High and secretary of the Miami LCC. Both are grassroots supporters of school chaplaincy, in particular engrossed in upholding Shane in his enormous work role across the primary and secondary campuses.

 The 10 – 15 minute presentation titled ‘Happy Chappy focuses on a typical day in the life of school chaplain, Shane Scott. Shane is employed by not-for-profit Scripture Union Queensland. He works five days per week (on average 9 – 10 hours duration) for 46 weeks per year. In an ordinary school-day he engages in ‘30’ formal conversations with or about students and his caseload will likelyinclude everything from incidents of bullying, mentoring students to deal with volatile peer-friendshipscoping with family-breakdown, grief and loss and life-balance (coping with anxiety and its debilitating impact on mental health).Few of us would have the coping skills to deal with these ‘school lunchbox’ issues; let alone the emotional fortitude to go back and face the same recurring issues all over again the next school day.


Kate Mountford May 18, 2017
Village of Light

My name is Kate Mountford and I’m from Mullumbimby via Brisbane. In 2015, some friends and I started a charity called Village of Light with the aim of supporting communities in a post-disaster situation to reconstruct their buildings and lives using sustainable earth building techniques and permaculture food production strategies. We raised $28,000 for our first project, rebuilding a public primary school in Gorkha Nepal, which was the epicentre of the devastating 2015 double earthquake. We raised our funds by organising two music festivals in Brisbane, patronised by hundreds of supporters, and running two successful crowdfunding campaigns, as well as private donations. From August to December 2016, we lived in the tiny village of Bakrang in remote rural Nepal, where we worked with a team of 11 locals who we hired and trained, rebuilding the school. We used a very resilient and sustainable building technique, called Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEBs). We worked with engineers, architects, builders and permaculturists from across Nepal and the world. We aim to continue our work rebuilding houses in Bakrang in rural Nepal, where 95% of homes were destroyed by the earthquake. I would love to share with your Rotary Club this inspiring little tale, started by a group of friends from Brisbane, Currumbin and Northern New South Wales. It began with a dream and with a lot of support from our community.

Susie Longman May 25, 2017
The Big Issue

Support work for disadvantaged women today 

Simon Flowerdew Jun 01, 2017
Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

Here at Gold Coast Hospital Foundation we understand that health affects everyone and at some point in everyone’s life they will need to access the services of a health clinic or hospital. This includes you, your family and friends. It is our aim to raise vital funds to make sure these hospitals and clinics are able to offer you and your community the very best care, close to your home.  As the official charity of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, the Foundation raises vital funds to help local children and adults overcome the financial and emotional distress and hardship that so often accompanies being unwell and/or injured.


With the assistance of important community organisations like yours, we help deliver health projects that add value to existing health services and facilities to improve the experience and outcome for patients in your community.  As a Public Benevolent Institution, our main focus is on delivering essential patient support services such as the Cancer Patient Transport Service and Trauma Support Service; the purchase of modern medical equipment and aids and seed-funding for cutting edge clinical and medical research.


The next 12 months brings extraordinary opportunities for you to help GCHF improve public healthcare in your local community. By raising funds to donate to GCHF, you could help deliver a vital medical project.

Mark Philpott Jun 15, 2017
Tiny House Project

Pilot Program GOALS

  • Australian first implementation transitioning people experiencing homelessness to home equity at a low built cost per home

  • Open source model able to be copied and adapted by private, public and not for profit sector

  • Successfully integrates an affordable housing solution for people experiencing homelessness with employment, education and social re-integration solutions as part of a scalable community project Provide the proof of concept to enable legislative change at a State or Federal level for ease of scalability

Anna Itkonen - President GECKO Environment Council Jun 22, 2017
On the work of GECKO

Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council Association Incorporated was founded in 1989 when representatives of six local conservation groups joined together.

They envisioned the organisation working for the care, protection and conservation of the natural environment and the improvement of the built environment so that it would become more ecologically sustainable.