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You are our
assumed the chair of
a few short months
ago, I am amazed
and grateful for
support given to
us by Rotarians
great and generous
Past chair Bob Furner led the Board
for the past two years and saw the
organisation develop and prosper.
He remains on the Board to provide
assistance and guidance to the new
leadership team: me in Canberra and
vice chair Emma Black in Melbourne.
Last year, you helped us to set a
record, fundraising in excess of $2
million; the first time we have achieved
this. Thank you for a superlative effort.
Two Rotary clubs in NSW have
inspired us with their efforts.
The Rotary Club of Tumut noticed
a vacant store in the main street and
approached the landlord to see if it
could be used by them to promote
ShelterBox. As a result, they erected a
ShelterBox in the shop, displaying its
full contents. Locals were intrigued;
but more importantly, they could see
what ShelterBox was able to deliver in
times of humanitarian crises, and they
contributed. Over $7500 was raised,
including several $1000 donations.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of
Berrima District was approached by
local radio station 2ST, with a view to
conducting a radio appeal for funds
to assist ShelterBox. Local Rotarians
swung into action, brought a local
bank on side, did a couple of radio
interviews and, in the space of a week,
had raised almost $25,000.
It’s people like Bob Furner in Mt
Gambier, Allen Cupitt and Graeme Day
(2ST) in Berrima, and Rowan Bieske and
Phil Bennett in Tumut, who make this
organisation the success it surely is.
I hope to get to meet more of our
ShelterBox “heroes” in the weeks and
program, awarding the researchers a total of eight research grants over
the 15 years.
Most recently, the team of researchers has developed Chilled Plus, an eight-
week online treatment program for adolescents to help them learn creative
ways to handle their emotions and accomplish immediate goals.
Continual support from Hat Day means researchers can evaluate and
improve treatment programs to include the latest understanding of anxiety
and its treatment, as well as developing the most cost-effective treatment
deliveries and improve access to these mental health services.
Every time someone dons a hat and donates to Hat Day, they “Help Hats
Help Heads”. One hundred per cent of every donation goes directly to funding
mental health research projects through Australian Rotary Health. Donate to
Hat Day at www.hatday.com.au.
DR HAPPY’S TOP HAPPINESS TIPS
1. Have fun! Positive emotions are much more than just
enjoyable; they also enhance motivation and inspiration
and boost energy, which means they ultimately improve
2. Focus on what’s going well – you don’t need to
completely ignore problems, but by attending more to
the good in your life and your world you’ll enjoy more
happiness and cope better with challenges.
3. Practise gratitude – spend some time each and every day
giving thanks for what you have (count your blessings
NOT your problems).
4. Plan positive events into the future – this simple activity
significantly increases hope and optimism (it’s never too
late to host a Hat Day event).
Find more happiness tips from Dr Happy, aka Dr Tim Sharp,
in the “Happiness at Work Challenge” in the Hat Day Host
Kit at www.hatday.com.au/host-kit.
TOP RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
SUPPORTED BY HAT DAY
As many as 25 research institutions across Australia benefit
from Australian Rotary Health funds for mental health
research. Since 2000, $10 million has been invested into
ARH’s top five research institutions alone. Projects range
from investigating serious mental health problems such as
Trichotillomania, which affects 200,000 people in Australia,
causing them to compulsively pull out their hair. Up until
now, no support systems existed for this mental illness, and
ARH has supported the research and development of the
first ever Australian support groups for Trichotillomania.
PhD Scholar Reneta Slikboer worked with the Anxiety
Recovery Centre Victoria and Swinburne University to set
up this revolutionary program. Increasingly, ARH is funding
researchers to develop innovative online tools to support
Australians who are struggling alone with their mental
illness and are truly grateful to have access to online
help. They have also been one of the first organisations
to focus funds into preventing mental disorders, knowing
that healthcare services cannot keep up with the growing
support needed to treat mental illness.
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