Last meeting we welcomed Suzanne Crellin, well known to many of us as manager of the local volunteer-led charity 3081 Angels. Suzanne told us how 3081 Angels address disadvantage for children in Banyule through the collection of second-hand clothes and equipment and distribution to families in need. Most of the group’s volunteers are over 70. 3081 Angels is a partnership between Banyule Community Health and Rosanna Baptist Church. Working with Banyule Community Health, DHHS, Child Protection and five Refuges in the West Heidelberg area, clients are generally referred by a social worker, maternal health nurse or GP. The group has serviced approx. 1000 clients and is close to its 2000th request. All goods are delivered to the client’s door.
Funding is needed mainly for things that can’t be donated second hand. Prams and car seats in particular need to be checked against standards. Our Club has secured a District Grant for $1000, added to our Club’s $1000 making a donation of $2000, which will be used to purchase 10 lots of formula and 7-8 car seats for distribution to needy clients.
Asked how the group is coping with the Covid-19 restrictions, Suzanne explained how a local football team has stepped in to help with deliveries of goods while the usual volunteers are shut-in.
Donations may be left on Friday mornings at 3081 Angels premises, located at 5 Waiora Rd Heidelberg Heights.
Bushfire Relief – Walwa Bush Nursing Centre
You will recall thanks to Beverley we established contact with the Walwa Bush Nursing Centre CEO Sandi Grieve. This facility provides a wide range of medical and associated support services to communities on both sides of the Murray, and during the fires was a logistics hub for the district, providing food catering and general support. Sandi has a long list of items that the Centre needs, including a new freezer and cool room to replace the one that was damaged in the fires. RC Heidelberg is exploring the options for the provision of a transportable cool room and I have also had an email from RC Tallangatta that is also interested in helping the Centre.
A great example of how Rotary cuts through and delivers.
A New Indigenous Health Scholar
Welcome to our Club’s new Indigenous Health Scholar Marie White. Marie is enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work degree at Deakin University. She states her aim is to assist and support Indigenous women men and children as well a young people who are entering into adulthood and more importantly their mental health.
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