eBulletin Volume 34 - Issue 40- 12 June 2020
President - Lili-Ann Kriegler 0438489032
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Canterbury, VIC  3126
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Last Meeting - 1 June 2020
President Lili-Ann again had the unfortunate news that another of our members will be leaving us at the end of this year.
Amir and Narges Salehi are going to move to Tasmania for business purposes in the near future but will be joining a local rotary club in their new home town. Amir has been an active member having been involved with many events in particular at  Maling Road, plant sales and Inner East events. We will miss Amir and Narges - good luck for the future.
During our meeting members discussed options for assisting Swinburne University students who are facing difficult times during the Covid-19 restriction period. The Board will consider the proposals shortly.
Rose Stewart suggested that the Club looks at the possibility of  providing assistance with toiletries for patients who arrive at emergency hospitals unprepared for overnight stays following their medical treatment. It appears that a program providing this type of support is already established in the District  and will be followed-up by the Club.
Tony Laycock mentioned that Balwyn RC, who managed the Camberwell Sunday Market, are undertaking a survey to evaluate the most appropriate date and arrangements for re-commencing the Market.
Our speaker on 25 June was author Cheryl Lacey. For those interested in her book Marching Schools Forward: Discussions on the Direction of Australian Education 
which is available at Connor Court Publishing, please click on the link below:
Last Week's Speaker - Mark Weber
Our speaker last week was Mark Weber who is a member of the committee of the Edge Community Fund Inc.
The EDGE Community Fund Inc is a local, not for profit, DGR ( deductible gift recipient)  tax deductible charity trust within an incorporated association and it was founded in 2007.
Mark mentioned a number of defining factors about the Fund:
  • All donations are tax deductible and funds are distributed to those in need.  
  • All members are volunteers and there are no paid staff.   There are 8 volunteers and they meet  monthly. 
  • Annual administration costs are minimal and generally are less than $10
  • In 2007 – a local Rotary club had a project to give bicycles to local kids.  They needed bike helmets.  The EDGE was formed to assist in raising funds/donations for the helmets.
  • The EDGE offers financial support to families of young people, under the age of 18 years who are experiencing financial hardship in the Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone and surrounding areas including Glen Iris, Waverley and Oakleigh.   
  • Young people are assisted to participate in educational, sporting and other activities crucial to their personal development, sense of community belonging and self-esteem.  
Activities funded include:
  • play groups, kindergarten, school excursions and camps,
  • sport clubs fees for soccer, football
  • and sports skills lessons, after school club activity,
  • music and theatre groups
  • as well as clothes and computers.
  • recently during the Pandemic a couple of computers and internet data time for young people were provided.
How does the EDGE find recipients
The Fund reaches out to the local schools at the beginning of the year.  Usually word of mouth, and through a  stall at the Ashburton Festival in February each year. School principals and welfare officers also approach the EDGE fund for assistance for young people as a last resort.  
Last year over 50 grants were made, totaling $13000 while the previous year approximately 26 applications for assistance received $7700 in funding.   The funding goes to pre-school, primary and secondary students.
The Edge also supports a child from a refugee family for an amount of $600 for Child Care Fees at the Craig.
The Fund is anticipating continuing strong numbers of applications for assistance this year as for example there are over 50 families in need with students attending Ashwood High School, a reasonably significant number of families locally are in public housing (e.g. 7 percent in Ashburton),  and there is a slowing economy and wage rises for low income and part-time workers are falling behind inflation.
The Edge has raised and received donations on average each year of around $8-10000. They hold an Easter Raffle which is  supported by the local traders in High Street in Ashburton. While this had generally proved adequate to meet the needs of local families, the doubling of applications and grants last year eliminated any reserve funds. The Edge is responding by increasing fundraising and widening our requests for donations.
Mark responded to many question and it was noticeable that several members were aware of the Fund and the great work it does in the community.
If any one wishes to contribute to the Fund the bank account details are:
Account Name:- The EDGE Community Fund Inc.
BSB                        633 000
Account Number    137654208
Many thanks Mark for providing a very interesting presentation about the work of the Edge Fund.
Next Week's Speaker - Stroke Foundation
Our speaker next week will be Toni Arfaras who is coming to us to speak about the Stroke Foundation.
Toni is a former primary school teacher and used to be heavily involved in volunteering in a variety of positions within her local community but after having a number of strokes she was unable to continue in these roles. She is  now volunteer as a Strokesafe Speaker and serve on a couple of projects with the Stroke Foundation.
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