What an inspiring presentation by yet another young member of our community. Jackson Barlow told it how it was for him as a troubled youth and how he has been able to turn this all around with amazing support from Andy Britain of Operation New Start. I do hope the up and coming Youth group will look at ways that we can continue to support these guys.
The board also met last week to finalise the funding of the projects that we introduced this year and I am proud to announce that we achieved funding on all the projects that were taken up and I will present at this week’s meeting a final report.
I would like to add here a special thanks to the Community Enterprise (Bendigo Bank) the RACV of Torquay and Bunnings for their commitment so far to the Torquay Rotary Fitness Park. Very exciting!
Please put into your calendars the up and coming events, being the Celebration and Giving Night and the Change -over lunch.
We are inviting all those who have supported us this year to the Celebration night so I would like to see as many of us and our partners there. There will be a report from the apprentices who went to Fiji and I can hardly wait to hear the impact this trip has had on their lives. Cheques will also be presented to those of our recipients that have not yet received them along with appreciation certificates to our many supporters.
Monday night Andy Britain from Operation Newstart returned to the Club to give us a report on their group's trip to the Kokoda Track to which we had contributed to almost a year ao.
Andy brought with him local student Jackson Barlow who has been a participant in the Operation Newstart program and was selected as a member of the who Kokoda track team.
Jackson gave us an account of the groups preparation for the physically demanding trip and their experiences on the Track. The group consisted of a total of 26 people including teenagers and leaders from Operation Newstart as well as business members from the community, one of who was Robert Costa.
Jackson told of his life before joining the Operation Newstart Program and that he believed there was no way that he would continue at school. Since completing the 8 day trek on the Track Jackson is a changed young man, his experiences have been
life changing. These began prior to leaving, with the team holding BBQ's and other events to raise $2000 to donate to the school at Isurava, one of the towns on the Track. Travelling through PNG was an education on its own for Jackson with risk to personal security like nothing in Australia.
Andy on what a valuable contributor Jackson was to the whole team. Early on the trek there were concerns that the team was not really bonding as well as hoped and Jackson took it on himself to call them all together for a pep talk to encourage some team spirit. Jackson was aware that everyone in the group was different some were physically strong but emotionally vulnerable and others were mentally strong but struggled with the physically demands. From that time forward everyone worked as a team to get each other through. This camaraderie was really tested on the final morning when record rains made what were usually streams impassable torrents and the only way through was commando style using ropes across the raging torrents.
The conclusion of the trek was very moving and Jackson has a new found respect for the Anzacs who defended that country 62 years ago.
The Jackson we met last Monday I am confident will go forward in life to be a great role model and mentor to other young members of our community who are struggling in life. Well done Operation Newstart, what a success story!
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See Events for details
Mon 2 Jun
Report on Club Funds Distribution + 3x3 Mins
Mon 9 Jun
No Meeting Queens Birthday Weekend
Mon 16 Jun
Jack Tiggins and Mikkayla Baeck
Thurs 19 Jun
Celebration Event at Wyndham
Mon 23 Jun
No meeting Planned
Sun 29 Jun
Club Changeover Luncheon
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If no apology is recorded by that time, the absentee member willl be sent an invoice to pay the Club the dinner fee ($25) for your non-attendance, and/or that of your partner if it is an official Partner's Night.
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