World Polio Day on 24 October 2022 saw four Club members jump on the metro at Cherrybrook station as part of the district’s annual ‘End Polio’ train ride. The epic train journey started at 7am and finished at 10.30pm passing through all 189 stations on the Sydney metropolitan network raising approximately $70,000 for this worthy cause.
On Sunday 30 October our Club was invited to run the BBQ in support of the Black Dog Institute’s fundraising event ‘One Foot Forward 2022’. Participants undertook a 4km or 8km walk around Metcalfe Park and surrounding boardwalks in Pyrmont raising funds for mental health and promoting help-seeking behaviours. A dozen members from our Club cooked up a BBQ feast for the participants and donated $1,000 raised from the BBQ back to the Black Dog Institute.
Grace’s Place at Doonside, a new facility being commissioned by the HVSG providing counselling and support for family members who have been affected by homicide, had its official unveiling ceremony on 14 November. Members of NSW and Federal Governments took part in the ceremony. Our Club was asked to help get the Centre ready for the unveiling. Club members formed a working bee consisting of staging of residential rooms, program rooms, reception and offices, packing furniture and assembling flat pack items, general clean up duties and gardening.
On Saturday 3 December the Club will be holding a Christmas Market from 9am – 3pm at the Rural Fire Services/Girl Guides site, corner Shepherds and Macquarie Drive, Cherrybrook. The Christmas Market is to raise funds for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and other Rotary charities we support. There is guaranteed to be lots of food, drinks, craft and good Christmas shopping. For more information and if you would like to hire a stall then go to the following website: http://www. wphcrotary.org/2022-christmas-market
Until Monday 12 December, Rotary’s “Tree of Joy” will be at Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre and Westleigh Village Shopping Centre. Rotary is currently working with more than ten charities providing gifts and brightening the Christmas of those less fortunate, mostly children. By value, the Tree of Joy program is often our largest charity activity with over 1000 children receiving Christmas presents that they otherwise would not receive. Please visit our trees to select a gift tag and help put some joy into Christmas for those less fortunate. The success of this project is due to the generosity of the Cherrybrook and Westleigh communities.
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: http://www.wphcrotary.org/