Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Register Here
Giving all young children - newborn until they turn 5 - the opportunity to learn to read - that is the aim of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Now, with the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, the Rotary Club of Bayswater funds the program in The Basin and Bayswater.
To register children, use the Sign Up form.
Loans have been given to over 190 needy people, such as:
- Lilian from Kenya to buy cereals to improve her farm and secure the future of her school-going children.
- Giang from Vietnam to purchase school supplies and pay tuition fees for her children.
- Sharifakhon from Tajikistan to pay for her son's tuition at the lyceum.
- Sanjuana from Mexico to pay for her son's eye operation.
The loans are organised through KIVA, a not-for-profit organisation involved in arranging microfinancing. KIVA works with microfinancing institutions on five continents to provide small loans to needy people.
The loans are made to people who usually cannot borrow through normal banking sources.
In 2011-2012, the Rotary Club of Bayswater contributed $250.00 towards a microfinancing program. A number of Club members donated further amounts towards the program funds.
As loans are repaid, the funds are recycled into further loans. Recycling is the key to the whole program.
To date, this has enabled the Bayswater team to loan $4800.00 through 190 microloans.
What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?
It's a program started by Dolly Parton that provides free books to children from newborn until they turn 5 years of age - one book per child every month. In 2016, the number of books distributed around the world passed the 1 million mark.
Rotary International President, John Germ, a keen supporter of the program, sees it as one way to help reduce world poverty - and recognises a lot more needs to be done.
Since 2014, the Rotary Club of Bayswater has supported the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in The Basin.
With the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, in August 2016 the Club expanded the program to Bayswater.Read more...
They saw an elephant in the room - no one knew about the great stories in other Rotary Clubs, the inspiring projects, the great achievements - and wondered, "How do we get rid of it?"
Local monthly Rotary magazine, "Rotary Down Under", would probably not exist without the leadership and persistence of some visionary Bayswater members in the 60s. It was their insistence on better sharing of stories and ideas with other Rotarians throughout Australia that lead to the founding of RDU.Read more...
Youth Exchange is a life-changing experience for the young people who participant in this renowned Rotary program. Chiara Zwickl, our latest incoming Youth Exchange student, arrived recently from Austria to a warm welcome from Bayswater members.Read more...
The 2018 Knox Art Show will be held on:
Friday Night 16 March 2018 - Opening Night by ticket only
Saturday 17 March 2018 - open to the public
Sunday 18 March 2017 - open to the public
In addition to the Art Show, there will be a photography competition, primary school children's art competition, quilting exhibition and woodturning display.
All artwork, quilts and woodwork on display will be for sale.Read more...
The Rotary Club of Bayswater Inc was chartered on 7th April 1961.
Members are community minded business and professional people who believe in the ideals of Rotary, which involves “Service above Self”. Numerous fundraising projects over the years have allowed us to raise over $500,000 to assist deserving individuals, families, schools and needy causes both locally and internationally.Read more...
If you're a busy person wanting to "Make A Difference", volunteering through Rotary could be just what you're looking for.
Volunteering is serving humanity
Volunteering is fun
Volunteering is satisfying
Becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Bayswater
is very easy:
Membership is open to men and women of all ages
People from all areas, not just Bayswater, are welcome
Want to 'Make a Difference' or 'Give Something Back'? Contact us and attend one of our meetings. Find out more about what we do and stand for.
If it is what you want - Join Us.
Meetings are held every Wednesday night
6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Bayswater Rotary Clubrooms
Marie Wallace Reserve
Cnr Mountain Highway and King Street, Bayswater.
ALL AGES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
Ordinary people working together can achieve extraordinary things.
Food for the hungry, promoting health, reducing poverty, encouraging literacy and peacemaking - these are just a few of the areas where the 1.2 million Rotary International volunteers serving humanity around the world are Making a Difference.Read more...
Manure and Water Make a Difference
What a difference manure and water make.
Children and villagers in the Kenyan village of Kariakomo will soon have further improvements to their diet and living standards, with the first crop of bananas and maize about to mature.
With the help of a Rotary Australia World Community Service project, in early 2015 the villagers planted the first 2 acres of bananas in the village and have now turned a 30 acre plot that was bare without water and manure into a thriving food source.
The bananas and maize will further improve the diet of the children and villagers, adding to the benefits from the milking cows and goats project that has operated since 2009.
Many children living in poor countries do not have access to medical treatment for deformities and life-threatening illnesses - conditions like a herniated brain or complex heart problem. Without the right treatment, many would die or be ostracised by their communities.
Since 1988, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) has brought over 400 children from the Oceania Region to Australia or New Zealand for the life-saving or dignity- restoring treatment that has restored their health and self-esteem.Read more...
"More than 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, and we have strong indications from our members that each day this number is climbing, particularly due to the crisis in housing affordability ..." says Glenda Stevens, CEO of Homelessness Australia.
Swags for Homeless, an Australian not-for-profit charity, aims to provide emergency relief backpack beds for every homeless person turned away from shelter. The award-winning design provides shelter in all weather conditions - and saves lives.Read more...
In 2016, over 40 million people were living in slavery, according to the International Labour Organisation. Nearly 25 million were in forced labour and over 15 million in forced marriages.
The Rotarians Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) aims to raise awareness of this world-wide issue and support projects to help people free themselves from slavery.Read more...
Family violence is a major problem in our community. Every person needs to speak up when they observe family violence and let perpetrators know that it is not okay to abuse others in a family situation. Rotary aims to assist in dealing with this issue and is supporting organisations such as Safe Futures Foundation, whose mission is:
“Every child, young person and adult has the right to live in a safe family, within a safe community, to have stability and the opportunity to reach their potential.”Read more...
Conventional furniture, with its sharp angles, can stress children on the autism spectrum. One school that is solving this is the Eastern Ranges School in Fern Tree Gully, Melbourne. With funds from local Rotary Clubs, the school has been able to purchase furniture designed specially for these children. Of the 31 classrooms in the school, four have been furnished to date.Read more...
Ordinary people working together can achieve extraordinary things.
Food for the hungry, promoting health, reducing poverty, encouraging literacy and peacemaking - these are just a few of the areas where the 1.2 million Rotary International volunteers serving humanity around the world are making a difference.Read more...
Children and villagers in the Kenyan village of Kariakomo have gone bananas. With the help of a Rotary Australia World Community Service project, they have planted the first five acres of bananas in the village. These will further improve the diet of the children and villagers, adding to the benefits from the milking cows and goats project that has operated since 2009.Read more...
Bowel cancer is one of the major causes of death in Australia. Regular testing is a key preventative measure. Each year, many lives have been saved through the Rotary Bowelscan project.Read more...
Children with access to good books from an early age develop much better literacy skills, research has shown. Children from birth to 5 years of age living in The Basin, Melbourne, can now receive a free book every month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a Rotary project in partnership with United Way, Australia.Read more...
Access to nutritious food has improved the lives and learning of children in Kariakomo, Kenya dramatically. Milking goats and cows provided through a Rotary Australia World Community Service Project have lifted the children from the lowest preformers at school to some of the highest in the country. By products of the goats and cows have also made the villagers more self-sufficient.Read more...
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