School Gets New Greenhouse
Believe it or not, the new greenhouse at Bayswater Secondary College is finally finished.
In 2018, the school approached the Club and asked if we could help erect the greenhouse, which is to be used by students studying horticulture at the college. Simple, we all thought.
However, it was not to be. Bad weather delayed completion until today, nearly 12 months after the frame was first assembled. With the plastic cover now installed, the students will start to grow a range of plants that need a warm, moist environment to thrive. We look forward to seeing the results.
Believe it or not, in 2016-2017, there were 285 rough sleepers seeking the help of Uniting Care Harrison. This included 127 people sleeping on the streets and in parks, 115 people sleeping in cars, 15 in tents and 28 in improvised buildings such as squats and construction sites.
Department of Health and Human Services figures show there were 1513 people on the public housing waiting list who have applied at the Ringwood office, which includes the Knox area.
Since then, the numbers has increased even further.
To help these people in need, in 2019, the Rotary Club of Bayswater, led by its Youth Exchange students, raised $2600 towards the purchase of 13 Backpack Beds for Homeless. The backpacks are designed and distributed through a not-for-profit founded by a former Youth Exchange student, Tony Clarke.
The Club will be raising further funds this year to provide this much needed assistance to young people and couples who do not have a place to live.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Register Here
It's no secret that giving all young children - newborn until they turn 5 - the opportunity to learn to read - gets their education off to a great start. 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...
The results are in. Youth Exchange is a life-changing experience for the young people who participant in this renowned Rotary program. Chiara Zwickl, one of our recent incoming Youth Exchange students, arrived from Austria to a warm welcome from Bayswater members.Read more...
The 2019 Knox Art Show will be held on:
Friday Night 22 March 2019 - Opening Night by ticket only
Saturday 23 March 2019 - open to the public
Sunday 24 March 2019 - 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...