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No doubt you will have read the article in last weeks bulletin announcing Lois Hehir as our Speaker.
 
Louis is a Year 12 Kardinia College student and a double kidney transplant recipient, who told us his own story and how he found inspiration to survive his own difficult journey from Zaidee Turner. Zaidee's sudden death at the age of 7 brought new life to 7 other people only as a result of the fact that her family had discussed Organ Donation and registered as donors..
 
Louis explained to us that the current "Opt Out" position in Australia is just not providing sufficient organs to meet the demand of people in need. Hence he has commenced a Campaign to obtain 5,000 signatures in four weeks to urge the federal Government to adopt an "Opt Out" position on Organ Donation.
 
Please be sure to discuss Organ Donation in your home so that everyone understands your wishes and go to Louis' website https://optoutorgandonation2018.wordpress.com/about-us/ 
Follow the link to sign his petition.
 
You may also be interested to read Zaidee's story below and to follow her Facebook page and take a look at her website at http://www.zaidee.org/about/
 

Zaidee’s Story

Zaidee Rose Alexander Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after.

At the time of Zaidee’s death the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of 7 people (6 children and 1 adult) were improved and, in some cases, saved.

Zaidee was the only child in Victoria under the age of 16 years and we have been told one of the youngest Australians to donate her organs and tissues in 2004. She was only 1 of 6 children nationally to donate their organs.

Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue. Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, have a second chance at life.

Zaidee’s gift of her organs to others will allow them to have another birthday. 1 in 5 people on the transplant waiting list will never get the chance to have another birthday if people do not become registered donors.

The symbol is representative of hope; after every storm the sun shines and there is a rainbow. For those people on the transplant waiting list, the rainbow symbol offers them hope. At the end of their rainbow is an organ or tissue to improve their life – or in most cases – save their life.

In 2004 130,000 Australians died. Only 218 were Organ Donors.

Concept of Shoelaces

Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces were developed by Kim and Allan Turner, parents of Zaidee, to raise national awareness of organ and tissue donation. It is their goal that Zaidee’s legacy and memory will deliver a national message.

Zaidee’s Poem

When Zaidee was taken in for her final operation to be an organ and tissue donor.

She did not need her bright blue eyes to see

Her lungs to breath

Her little heart to pump blood around her tiny body

Nor did she need her kidneys or liver again

You see she had died.

All Zaidee needed to take to heaven was the love from her Mum, Dad and brother Jaz.

But other little children just down the hall in the same hospital did need her heart, her liver just to live life again.

These kids are now home with their mums and dads, brothers, sisters and friends again.

Two little kids got to see properly again, to see the faces of their Mum and Dad when they each received one of Zaidee’s cornea’s.

A new born and an infant got a second chance for life from parts of Zaidee’s heart.

What Zaidee gave in death was life to other children and a mother because we as a family discussed this before a death in our family years before just in case.

Our little girl Zaidee gave the greatest gift of all, her organs and tissues, she is now our angel in heaven who we are so very proud of for what she achieved in her short 7 years and 22 days of life that many of us will never do and that is to give life to others.

Zaidee’s spirit and her memory will live on and on.

Written by Zaidee’s Dad.

 
Chairman Greg Plumridge
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A letter from Jo Thomson – Mary’s daughter
 
To everyone at Torquay Rotary
 
Thank you so much for your love & support to us all on the passing of our beautiful Mum
 
Mum would have been so thrilled to see so many of you attending the Celebration of her Life.
 
She would have been so humbled by the Guard of Honour tribute
 
We were all so moved by that gesture
 
Mum will be greatly missed by us all, but memories will keep her alive
 
Thank you again
 
Jo, Brad, Rick & the family
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Darren Gillies was the very happy winner of the Raffle for the unique Villers Bretonneux Centenary Bar Fridge
generously donated by Bar Fridges Australia
 
Once again this was a great effort by all of our Club Members assisting the RSL to ensure this was another successful Dawn Service.
Thanks to Ash Markham for the great pics
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Our 2108 Motor Show Raffle has been run and won and we would like to congratulate the  winners and thank everyone who purchased tickets for you support. Also to our sponsors, for without their support there would be no raffle at all. Your contributions enable our Club to support those less fortunate than ourselves locally and aboard,
1st Prize Bathurst Commemorative Bar Fridge Ticket 112 - Chris.  Prize supplied by Bar Fridges Australia
2nd Prize Weber Q BBQ Ticket 186 - Meaghan.   Prize supplied by Classic Fireplaces
3rd Prize Minimax Socket Set - Ticket 490 Chris. Prize supplied by Beach Club Torquay
4th Prize $100 Tyrepower Voucher - Ticket 730 Eloise. Prize supplied by Tyrepower Torquay
5th Prize $50 Bunnings Voucher - Ticket 267 Steve. Prize supplied by Bunnings Torquay
6th Prize $50 Bunnings Voucher - Ticket 646 John. Prize supplied by Bunnings Torquay
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A great night was had by all, it was wonderful to celebrate our Club's 30th with the extended family of our Club, including our sponsor Club Grovedale. 
 
It was a memorable occasion and a testament to the enjoyment we gain from our Club to still have active Charter members in the Club. Big thanks to the many people who arranged the Celebration
 
As you will have probably seen today Rudi has placed an album of pics on the Club Facebook page which you can follow with this link PHOTO ALBUM
 


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                         2018 Torquay Rotary Motorshow's "OUTRIGHT WINNER"
  1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster - 
              Owners are a very proud couple - Ros and Barry Smith.
      CONGRATULATIONS!
 
 
Huge thanks to the Surf Coast Times, Geelong Advertiser and The Echo for the amazing articles they published Thursday. 
 
Huge thanks also to locals Paula & Steve Christou with their '67 Splitty Kombi and Josh Van Looy with his 62 Beetle for making their cars and themselves available, and to Brian Hayden from Hayden's Real Estate for dedicating a page of Advertising to the Show.
 
Get down to the Show this Sunday to see these cars and meet their owners.
 
Things are looking good for a great Show on Sunday.....see you there with your cars.



 
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As always Rotarian John McDonald never misses an opportunity to fly the flag for all the valuable community events in Torquay and most importantly Torquay Rotary.
 
In this single article in a recent Surf Coast Times,   John managed to promote all of the following :-
 
  • Relay for Life
  • our recent Rotary Book Fair
  • BBQ's at Bunnings
  • & our upcoming Annual Motor Show
 
Then last week John represented our Club at the Surf Coast Australia Day Ceremony receiving an award for our recognition of our Annual Motor Show as a valued community event.
 
 


 
Wow !  what an effort..... a true ambassador of the Club. John McDonald you are a Legend!
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I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone from our club who turned out in horrible conditions (again) to support the 2018 Ride the Bellarine.

I felt somewhat guilty that as a member of the organising committee I was unable to attend to do my bit on the day.

So thanks to all who did, particularly Michael Reed who filled my boots managing the Barwon Heads Feed Station and Marshall sign on post.

I will run the Ride the Bellarine End Polio Sponsorship sheet around again this week for anyone who missed it last  time.

Greg Plumridge

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Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia.  We are the world's only developed country with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. It is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness.to hear our Ron's challenge to beat trachoma by Australia's 100th Rotary Anniversary.
 
Click here to view his message. 
 
Photos from our successful 12th July fundraising night "Dine with Cadel Evans", may be viewed by clicking on the PHOTO ALBUMS button above.
Call President Lesley on 0417 112 034 for more information on how YOU can join Torquay Rotary.
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Commonly held myths about Rotary are hereby BUSTED!!!
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Torquay's website (based in Torquay, Victoria, Australia).  Our Club was formed in 1988.  It has a strong, local community focus.  At any one time, the Club supports a range of local, district, national and international projects. www.torquayrotary.org.au

The town of Torquay is the starting point of the world famous Great Ocean Road (click here). Many Rotarians who are on holiday from around the world often visit our Club, where they are always made most welcome.

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