Victoria Police Legacy
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.
- Richard Holdsworth
Tue 14th Nov
Our speaker on Tuesday 14th November, Richard Holdsworth was evacuated from south London at the start of the Second World War along with his mother and older sister. His father sent them off to auntie in the Berkshire countryside – our London house was bombed and father managed to wrangle a transfer from his bank in the City of London and became assistant manager in the local village branch. They stayed on in the country – Richard first went to village school and then Wallingford Grammar. Never much of an academic, his father went to see the Principal as he reached 16 and asked of his future and on being told he was something of a dreamer, his Dad came home and announced, “You’ve always wanted to work on a farm, Son, well you start on Monday…” After a year of practical experience, he went to Agricultural College and then worked on the best stud Beef Shorthorn herd in the country – two years later and at the stud sales in Perth, Scotland, a representative from Dalgety and Co asked him if he would consider taking a dozen stud cattle and horses to Australia on the deck of a cargo ship. “The downside – a one-way ticket. Find your own way home…” He sailed within three weeks and broke his mum’s heart! He had the cattle in perfect condition after the 12,000-mile voyage and was offered several positions with stud herds in Australia and accepted the position as Stud Herdsmen with an up-and-coming herd in South Australia and brought out the Supreme and Reserve Champion at the 1960 Royal Adelaide show the following year – sweeping the board like that had never been done before. The owner dispensed with his services after the show – but a wonderful man by the name of Ron Stewart, Editor, took him on as staff writer with the Adelaide Stock & Station Journal. He covered all manner of farming subjects including cattle and sheep sales in the Outback. After four years he was recruited by The Weekly Times in Melbourne where he met Heather, they married and sailed to the UK on a year long honeymoon – but instead of returning to Australia they started a Volkswagen camper manufacturing business which became one of the largest in Europe. That business now sold, they returned to Australia three years ago and are enjoying life Down Under once again! His book, Six Spoons of Sugar, sees war through the eyes of a young lad – blackouts, rationing, being bombed on a shopping trip to the local market town with his mum and later, the American 101st Airborne arriving in their village and transforming life. Now he lives a peaceful – if busy – life as a member of several writing groups and he pens articles for travel magazines here and in the UK and is an Australian correspondent for a couple of UK Porsche magazines: He raced a Porsche when he lived in South Australia in the 1960’s. He has also written the tale of his first eight years in Australia – In The Hot Seat and a book of short stories.
- Umoja Orphanage Kenya
Wed 25th Oct
The founder of the Umoja Orphanage in Kenya, Cathy Booth, and Kenyan Project Manager, Patrick Kea, spoke of the immense challenges involved in creating the orphanage. When Cathy Booth, school teacher and mother, saw the difference that intervention and a safe environment can make to orphaned children she was compelled to begin her own non-profit organisation. Her empathy for children, outstanding work ethic, and unwavering passion to help those who are less fortunate drives her team to achieve the extraordinary. Patrick Kea is a proud Kenyan who witnesses and lives every day the struggles of his culture. His advice and local knowledge have been immeasurable, and his honesty and hard work are an asset to the Umoja Project. Patrick speaks 4 languages: English, Swahili-his tribal language-and German. Finding a better safari driver in Kenya would indeed be a very difficult. Patrick’s knowledge of his country and his firm belief in the outcomes of the Umoja Orphanage Kenya project are to be admired. Read more You can help with funding this amazing charity-and win a $62k caravan-by buying a ticket in the raffle being run by the Rotary Club of Shepparton Central.First prize is a $62000- New Age Manta Ray Caravan and 2nd Prize is a $2000- Travel Voucher. Tickets are $10- each and all proceeds from the raffle will go to Umoja Orphanage Kenya, a project of Rotary World Community ServiceRAFFLE TO BE DRAWN AT MONICHINO WINERY, BERRY ROAD, KATUNGA AT 3.00PM ON SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER, 2017Vic Permit No. 10034/17; NSW Permit No. GOCAU/1879; QLD Permit No. 189297; SA Permit No. M13274;
- 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.