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While an early adopter of information
technologies, the internet and its
opportunities, I’m having trouble with
some aspects of its growth, but believe
I have found an answer that suits best.
In social media the hot topics of the
day, indeed the cold topics of the day,
end up on one or another of the social
platforms. Filtering the unnecessary
and bringing in my family, friends, our
past Exchange and GSE people over 30
years, our Rotary colleagues, clubs and
Districts and, for me, the daily contact
I have with ShelterBox International
people, makes every day special. It’s
not a place for meeting with my friends;
we do that by picking up the phone,
connecting serially through Skype and
walking down the street!
I’m delighted how Facebook
exposure is growing. My District daily
posts excellent information, as do
many of our clubs, but it doesn’t stop
there. Through “liking” other Districts
and clubs, I’m easily reconnected with
many of my Rotary and now ShelterBox
friends and colleagues, both here and
worldwide. I speak daily with them.
Through your “liking” ShelterBox
Australia, you will get immediate access
to our current and most pressing
issues. You will also get access to an
amazing portfolio of disturbing and
demanding, but visually brilliant and
equally very sensitive photographs by
ShelterBox International photographer
Mike Greenslade. Mike is an SBA Board
Member, Communications Director and
has been deployed as one of the first on
the ground Response Team Members.
May-June in many of our clubs is
like Christmas. That’s the time we give
what we can, but would always want
to give more. Please put ShelterBox
Australia on your gift list, because our
need never ceases. Please try www.
shelterboxaustralia.com.au and, if you
haven’t already, “friend” us on Facebook
and connect with Rotary’s first and only
Friend us on
with Bob Furner
Chairman ShelterBox Australia
by Sarah Heathcote
Rotaract Club of Monash, Vic
Each star in the night sky could represent one of the 2341
babies born “sleeping” each year in Australia. Sadly this
number is not decreasing.
On Februar y 2, 2013, the Rotaract Club of Monash held its
On a Starlit Night charity ball to help raise funds for research
into how to reduce this number and prevent further loss to the
tragedy of Stillbirth.
The event, held at the Sebel Hotel on Albert Park in
Melbourne, was a major success for the club with $3500 raised
for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia.
A raffle and charity auction were also held with items valued
over $1000 donated by Simone Perele, Madison Jewellery
and other donors. Guests could also place bids on sporting
memorabilia from Superstars & Legends, including a Tour
De France Yellow Jersey signed by Cadel Evans and a signed
picture series of Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic.
Guests were challenged to bring along their spare change
to donate and be weighed in order to produce the weight of
a healthy newborn, 3.4kg. People were so generous that the
change baby became change-quadruplets!
One of the highlights of the evening was guest speaker
Professor Sue Walker, an obstetrician in Melbourne who
volunteers for the Stillbirth Foundation as a scientific assessor,
helping to advise the foundation on which research projects
will provide the greatest advances into the understanding and
prevention of stillbirth. One of her most poignant statements
was how so many of the world’s health organisations are silent
on the subject of stillbirth. Even the millennium development
goals, which Rotary so proudly and effectively support through
their various projects, are silent on stillbirth and the goal of
reducing this tragedy.
The event was a massive success and all who attended
expressed how much fun they had and how moved they were
by the speaker and the charity itself.
The Stillbirth Foundation estimates that they need to
fundraise a million dollars each year to begin reducing the
rate of stillbirth. Sadly, with no government support and
a significant lack of awareness, this number is still a dream,
but the Monash Rotaract club has helped contribute to this
amount and reduce the number of “little stars” parents have
to kiss goodbye each year.
Charity Ball for
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