Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook

On 3 March several Club members were amongst 50 participants attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast organised by the Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise. They were inspired by the work and deeds of refugee advocate and NSW Local Hero 2021, Rosemary Kariuki, para-athlete and Commonwealth Games medalist, Julie Charlton and June Young OAM, Rotarian and Legacy ambassador.

Members of our Club took part in Clean Up Australia Day on 5 March together with Cherrybrook RFS, Cherrybrook 1st Scouts and Cherrybrook Girls Guides. The Club concentrated on the areas around the RFS/ Guide Hall precinct, along the eastern side of Greenway Park, in the Lakes of Cherrybrook Park and around the Community Centre. The participants celebrated with a BBQ supplied by Rotary and cooked on the RFS BBQ.

On 6 March members from our Club were amongst 180 attendees at the SOKS (Save Our Kids From Suicide) Benefactors and Beneficiaries night hosted by the Rotary Club of Gosford North at Doylos on the Central Coast. The evening was designed for SOKS to thank their benefactors and showcase the beneficiaries of the SOKS project and at the same time celebrate the work that Gosford North Rotary and their partner in the SOKS project, Lifeline, have achieved in saving and enhancing the lives of young people on the Central Coast. SOKS was set up 10 years ago and to date, they have saved 900 lives.

The Rotary Club held its Annual Giant Book Fair on 10, 11 and 12 March at the Uniting Church at Cherrybrook which was a huge success. This is the Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Amazing bargains were found on good quality books, original CDs, DVDs, records and sheet music. Proceeds from the Book Fair will be going to original former Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page’s ‘Heart of the Nation’ charity and other Rotary Charities.

On 13 March our Club hosted Robert Shore, President of the Rotary Club of Parkes together with Ian Freestone and two local heroes from the western NSW town of Eugowra, Macky and Tom. The Rotary Club of Parkes was asked to help this small community following the recent tsunami which travelled through this area. Ian Freestone produced the District video of the tsunami called “Eugowra Stories – Heartache and Hope” and we heard inspirational and courageous stories including how Macky and Tom rescued around 30 residents.

The Club held a BBQ at West Pennant Hills Public School on Election Day, Saturday 25th March.

The Club will be at Bunnings Castle Hill on 15 April 2023. On Saturday 6 May the Club will be holding a Mothers’ Day Market from 9am – 3pm at the Rural Fire Services/ Girl Guides site, corner Shepherds and Macquarie Drive, Cherrybrook. Proceeds from the Mothers’ Day Market will go to Hills Women’s Shed and The Sanctuary and other Rotary Charities. There is guaranteed to be lots of food, drinks, craft and good shopping. For more information and if you would like to hire a stall then follow this link:

If you would like to know more about Rotary, be involved or join us for dinner please call 0412 064 336. Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Web page: