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Give A Damn, Give a Can Public Announcement

A Rotary Club of Fremantle project

This project involves the collection of cans of food suitable for use by organisations distributing food to people in need.

Bio degradable plastic bags will be inserted into the Fremantle Herald newspaper which delivers to households and businesses in Fremantle, East Fremantle, South Fremantle and North Fremantle. People will be asked to leave bags of cans on their front verge between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday 16th May 2010.

The cans will be collected and taken to a central collection point at a public park. Beneficiary organisations will collect their share of the cans from that venue.

The project will be advertised to the public prior to the event and people will also have the opportunity to leave cans at various points before 16th May. Rotary hopes to involve other groups in the collection process, in particular schools, churches, businesses, sporting groups etc.

The wider public will be approached to act as street captains to assist with the collections in their street. Sponsorships will be sought to cover costs of bags, promotional material and a sausage sizzle for all volunteers on collection day.

The proposed beneficiary organisations will be welfare organisations distributing to the needy in the Fremantle precincts. It is hoped to make this an annual project and extend to wider areas.

We would welcome any member of the public who wishes to take part in this event. Simply contact us through our email or phone contact and we will be in touch

if anyone outside the bag delivery area of Fremantle, North Fremantle and South Fremantle wish to donate goods our central collection area will be Locke Park, cnr Fletcher St and Moss St East Fremantle. We will be there from 11am to 1.30pm on Sunday 16th May

Give a Damn Give a Can

We are now focussing our efforts on this project and will be having an article placed in the Fremantle Herald.

We now need volunteers from the club to act as collectors on the day. This will involve taking charge of an allocated area and collecting the cans from the verge. A collector can coopt as many other collectors as is necessary and also try to involve the public by appointing street captains to coordinate collections in their street. The more non Rotarians involved the better.

We also need someone to act as coordinator of pre collections which we hope to get from various primary schools and other organisations.

If you can help please contact Jean Tait

Members can also help by sending the flyer to as many organisations as possible eg schools, church groups etc etc.
Would anyone doing so please cc to Kim Passmore so we can keep track.

The Flyer is available by the following link:

An Overview of the project is available by the following link:

Reminder – Book Sale Fundraiser March 28

The Community Fair is on Sunday March 28, 2010 at the Willetton Sports Ground.
We will need willing workers on the 28th March to help with the sale; between the hours of 10am & 4pm.

Maisie will get some names & allot shifts as people won’t want to be on duty all day. We will also need people to put up the 2 shelters & trestles. As some members will be living it up on an extended break down south after a succesful state conference we may be a little short on numbers so please volunteer if you can. Thanks.

Giving Up Wine

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.? I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, ‘If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?’?

‘No, I had to stop drinking years ago,’ the homeless woman told me.
‘Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?’ I asked.
‘No, I don’t waste time shopping,’ the homeless woman said. ‘I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.’
‘Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?’ I asked..
‘Are you NUTS!’ replied the homeless woman… I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!’

‘Well,’ I said, ‘I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.’

The homeless woman was shocked. ‘Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.’? I said, ‘That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.’?

Book Sale Fundraiser March 28

The Community Fair is on Sunday March 28, 2010 at the Willetton Sports Ground. We will need willing workers on the 28th March to help with the sale; between the hours of 10am & 4pm. Maisie will get some names & allot shifts as people won’t want to be on duty all day. We will also need people to put up the 2 shelters & trestles.

Haiti Earthquake

18 January 2010

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent earthquake in Haiti, and we are touched by the commitment of Rotarians to assist the communities affected by this disaster. Rotary International is coordinating relief efforts, and we are writing to you today to provide you with information on how you may work through Rotary to make a significant contribution toward alleviating this major humanitarian crisis.
Rotary International coordinates information and provides resources on club and district disaster relief efforts. When informed of local relief initiatives, RI shares updates about these efforts on the RI website. Rotarians wishing to contribute funds or donated goods to disaster victims can visit the website or contact the International Service Programs Section at to learn about current relief and recovery efforts.

Also, The Rotary Foundation has established the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, a donor advised fund, for the purpose of collecting contributions for earthquake victims. Details about the fund have been posted on the RI website. Please note that all contributions must be in U.S. dollars, and only U.S. tax receipts will be issued. Additionally, District Designated Funds cannot be accepted.
We have been in contact with District Governor Errol C. Alberga to offer assistance in publicizing any relief efforts that clubs in Haiti are implementing on RI’s online projects database, ProjectLINK. Any disaster recovery projects registered by District 7020 will be posted on ProjectLINK on a priority basis. Additionally, articles have been posted to the home page of the RI website with details on Rotary club involvement in relief efforts and how you can help.
Rotarians may contact Governor Alberga directly at
or visit the District 7020 website.

As always, when organizing a response to a local or international disaster, we encourage Rotary clubs and districts to work with experienced emergency relief organizations such as UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Doctors Without Borders, ShelterBox, Aquabox, and World Water Works to meet the immediate needs of victims affected by the disaster.
It is our hope that with your meaningful and rapid response to this appeal, you will be able to help rebuild the future for millions of innocent people affected by this crisis. Thank you for your commitment to helping disaster victims.

John Kenny, President
Rotary International
Glenn E. Estess Sr., Trustee Chairman
The Rotary Foundation
Ed Futa, General Secretary
Rotary International

Update on Rotary WA Cord Blood Bank Project from the District Governer

Building Progress
Tenders have been called and have now been received for processing. Although the figures have not been analysed the general trend shows that there is no major cost escalation as we feared might have been. Further updates will be provided once the tender has been accepted. We anticipate commencement and completion in 2010.

Guest Speakers and Promotion
Committee members have access to a DVD which provides an animated “walk through” of the proposed building please contact your representatives if you want an updated presentation.

As you will be aware our original target of $5,000,000 was revised to $6,000,000 to cover cost increases over the extended period of the project. To date we have received cash and pledges of $5,550,674 net after expenses. The most positive aspect of the fundraising is the 100% response from all pledges. By January 2010 almost all pledges will have been received. Thank you for your continued support

Chairman: John Iriks