One Family At A Time
Our dinner speaker Jenny Chalmers talked about how being touched by the generous and kind hearted nature of the Cambodian people, prompted her decision to register the charity One Family At A Time.
One Family At A Time (a Registered Australian charity) focuses on supporting individuals, families and communities, in order to assist them to live the lives of their choosing and achieve their full potential. Their work in Cambodia aims to improve access to quality healthcare and education; providing safe, accessible and affordable housing and increasing opportunities for decent employment for adults.
Rice Scholarship Program
As many Cambodian families living in extreme poverty are forced to remove their children from school to work, the Rice Scholarship Program provides students with 10 kg of rice every month in return for them having outstanding school attendance.
First 1000 Days Program
This program invests in the ‘partnership’ between a mother and her child over the first 1000 days of a child’s life, providing vital nutrients and keeping girls at school.
Branching Out Program
Branching out encourages families to grow Moringa trees which they purchase at fair trade prices. They also pay local labourers to plant the trees, thus creating local employment opportunities for several families.
You can join this ‘club’ and donate the cost of one coffee per week (AUD$3.00) to fund building houses for families experiencing significant hardship, poverty and disadvantage.
Small Business Loans Program
The In-Country Liaison Manager works closely with families to assess their skills, experience and employment goals. One Family At A Time then matches donors with these families. So far, they have started male hairdressing salons, shops (selling preloved clothing and groceries), fishing business, motorcycle repair apprenticeship and business, chicken farm, sewing business and more. Branching Out growers are also small businesses set up via this program.
The Aspire program is focused on educating girls in to the future. Aspire will focus on increasing educational, social, creative and sporting opportunities for girls so that girls can aspire to be their very best self.
- Victoria Policy Legacy – Mini Rail Picnic
Mon 16th Oct
On the 15th October the Box Hill Mini Rail team and the Rotary Club of Balwyn held a picnic for the younger police legatees at the Box Hill Miniature Railway. We also had an MFB Firetruck, face painter and senior officers from Vic Police attend. More importantly we saw 30 timid kids arrive and feel the support of community around them - as the day progressed we all saw their confidence blossom. Surviving parents and carers themselves relaxed and shared in the joy with the kids. Victoria Police Legacy supports members of the police family who have lost a partner who is a serving or retired sworn member of Victoria Police, Protective Services Officer or recruit in training.
- Rebecca Scott – STREAT Social Enterprise
Wed 11th Oct
Changing the World Through Social Enterprise Rebecca Scott is the co-founder and chief executive of STREAT, a social enterprise that operates cafés, coffee carts and a coffee roastery in Melbourne. Since launching STREAT in late 2008, Scott and her team have created eight businesses, helped more than 520 young people by providing over 50,000 hours of support and training, and served more than 1.5 million customers. In September, STREAT opened the doors of its most daring venture yet: a $6.5 million youth training and hospitality site in Cromwell Street, Collingwood boasting a 100 seat cafe, artisan bakery, state-of-the-art kitchen and coffee roastery plus spaces for events and community activities. The site was gifted to STREAT on a 50-year lease at $5 a year by STREAT supporter and Flight Centre co-founder, Geoff Harris, who purchased the property for $2.5 million in 2013. Not only will the new site help STREAT train 365 young people each year, it’s also opened up new opportunities for doing good in STREAT’s four key impact areas: People, Planet, Profit and Performance.
- Chris Finley – Behind the Badge
Tue 19th Sep
Chris opened his address with thanks for thoughts and concerns since his wife, Wendy, passed away from Alzheimer’s. With a focus on how things change—and don’t change—he recalled his earliest memory of being fascinated by a case moth. As a science teacher, his interest in science hasn’t changed. Living in Bundoran Pde he remembers his father using a wet sack to put out a grass fire. That area is now dense housing. Hours riding bikes with mates, early morning paper rounds, cubs and scouts were highlights of his childhood. Chris went to Camberwell Grammar School adding gymnastics, athletics, printing and drama to his skills along with being Captain of Games and House Captain. Printing the school newspaper involved roller ink over large plates of individual letter. Printing has changed. On completing Matric Chris graduated from Melbourne University as a Science Teacher and taught for three years—compulsory but better than HECS—at Ararat High & Tech. At 25 years of age he married Wendy. Buying a family home meant a mortgage of $14,500 at a fixed rate of 4% which turned out to be a good deal given the 18-19% interest rates of the Whitlam era. Chris returned to Camberwell Grammar School as a Science teacher for 35 years. He has three children, Lisa (teacher), David (pilot with Qantas and Emerates) and Kate (animal lover, dog groomer and amateur photographer). Chris has a heart of gold; he cared for Wendy for some 15 years and volunteers with Fair Share Footscray, soup van kitchen in Collingwood, high rise Richmond building fit out and repair the Shepherds Arms Orphanage and BLAZEAID. He also runs support sessions with Alzheimer’s Australia for families and friends; organizes get together meals and walks for carers and those with dementia; and officiates at fund raising fun runs.