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Let’s muster for
Health is about to
embark on a very
We thought we had
“done it all” – bikes,
walks, runs, golf,
But how about
all the way around
The idea came from the Rotary Tag
Along tours, where Rotarians and
others would gather and participate in
a caravanning tour in a defined area
of Australia. These tours have been
successfully held for several years and the
opportunity came in 2016 for Australian
Rotary Health to be the beneficiary
of funds raised for our mental health
programs during the Tasmanian tour.
The Australian Rotary Health Muster
for Mental Health Hop-on-Hop-off will
commence in July 2017, when it will take
off from our base in Parramatta on the first
leg to Rockhampton – the “Run to Rocky”.
There will be 12 drives all up over
two calendar years. The seventh drive
concludes in the hometown of ARH –
Mornington, Vic – on November 30, 2017.
We then break for Christmas and January,
and start up again on Drive 8 – the “Run
around Tasmania” in early February 2018.
The final drive – Drive 12 – will bring us
back to Parramatta, our home base, in
early June 2018.
You can join us. We would love you to
be with us for the entire time with your
caravan, mobile home or car, or come along
for one of our “Runs”. You have the option
to complete as little or as many as you
want. Each stage is approximately 15 days.
On the road with a purpose to bring
awareness and forums on mental
health and youth suicide! We are all
independent, but not alone on the
Muster for Mental Health.
For more details contact ARH corporate
manager Terry Davies on 02 8837 1900
If you are in need of counselling, contact
the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659
467 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Aus), 0800
543 354 (NZ) or visit www.lifeline.org.nz
Since 2005, the Rotary Club of
Padstow, NSW, has collected unsold
magazines from local newsagents and
distributed them to nine local nursing
homes and aged care facilities, as well
as a local school.
It is usual practice for newsagents
to tear off the front page of unsold
magazines, post them back to the
publisher for a credit, and throw away
the rest. Overseen by project manager
Garry Metcalfe, the club now collects
the unsold magazines each week and
puts a label on each, which recognises
the donating business and Rotary’s
The first year of the project saw
nearly 5000 magazines handed out, a
number that climbed to over 15,000
last year. The magazines are collected
from just two newsagents alone,
with additional amounts donated by
members of the public.
Despite the volume, it only takes one
or two members to do the collection
each week and three to do deliveries.
The cost is $3 a week in labels and a
few hours sorting and delivering.
Magazines cover almost every
interest imaginable, with puzzle and
crossword titles particularly popular
with seniors. If the Rotary club hears a
resident has a special interest, such as
aviation or photography, they ensure
publications on the topic reach them.
Some nursing homes have local
primary school students read the
magazines to residents. Surfing,
skateboarding and horse magazines
are happily accepted by the students
as a thank you for “reading to the
wrinklies”. Magazines are also cut up
for other purposes, such as arts and
The children’s magazines, which
often include posters and trinkets,
are given to a primary school where
they are used as learning incentives
The Rotary Club of Padstow
encourages other clubs to consider
similar projects to foster literacy rates.
“Kids who see adults reading are
more inclined to read themselves,” said
Padstow member Barry Thompson.
“Even dads and mums who aren’t
big readers often can’t resist the car,
boating, cooking and craft magazines.
It’s a great low-cost project any club
reading for wrinklies
Project manager Garry Metcalfe, of the Rotary Club of Padstow, sorts
through piles of unsold magazines ready for redistribution.
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