It is about making a difference."
-Kathy Calvin CEO & President of the United Nations Foundation
What a magnificent achievement! From September 2016 to September 2017, Diamond
Creek Rotary has donated over $74,000 to the local community. For a relatively small
community organisation this is something of which we can be very proud.
Part of our agreement with Nillumbik Shire Council is that proceeds from the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair will be spent on the local community and we are certainly doing that.
This $74,000 comes totally from our Town Fair account and does not include other
donations that we have made.
The money has been spread around numerous organisations including three different CFA Brigades, all of the local schools, the Diamond Creek Football and Netball Club, Araluen, the local branch of White Ribbon Australia, the Combined Churches of Diamond Creek Community Christmas Carols, the Men’s Shed, Conquer Cancer and the Diamond Valley Breastfeeding Association.
What a broad spectrum of organisations – all very deserving causes.
Whilst some of the funds provided to schools has been for specific purposes such as new playground equipment for Diamond Creek Primary School and a program at Diamond Valley College to educate students about domestic violence, it is important to note that twelve primary schools in our local area and Diamond Valley College all receive money to assist them with their leadership programs.
Several of the schools have told us that without our sponsorship, they would not be able to have a leadership program in their schools. A few months ago, at one of our meetings, we heard from a couple of local Principals about what they do in their leadership programs and it is really impressive. It is gratifying to learn that some of
Rotary’s resources are going towards the future development of young people.
We should also remember that this money is not the only donations that we have made. Since July, the club has also done the following:
Purchased a Shelter Box, spent money on the Tenderfoot School in Kenya, sponsored a student for the Spark Engineering Camp, bought two aquaboxes, made donations to Wheelchairs for Kids and ROMAC, supported Rotary Hat Day and many other things!
In each case the donation may seem quite small, but when we sit back and think about
it, we can realise just how much can be accomplished by these funds. And this is one of the many reasons why it is rewarding to be a Rotarian!