eBulletin Volume 35 - Issue 15- 9 October 2020
President - Tony Laycock 0432769837
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We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Canterbury Centre
2 Rochester Road
Canterbury, VIC  3126
0418 444 274
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Last Week's Meeting - 5 October 2020
Matters discussed at the Club meeting included:
  • Advice from Ted Waghorne that funding has been provided by the  Club to the Labay Elementary School in the Philippines to assist with the purchase of a printer for the school
  • Val indicated that a number of Lets Stay Connected books have been distributed to the Blue Cross and been well received
  • Lili-Ann advised with excitement that Covid 19 masks with bee emblems   have been prepared by Liz McCaskill and are available for purchase through Lili-Ann
  • Tony also with excitement indicated that the Club's walking team has now, through its walking efforts, raised over $2000 and are charging ahead.
  • Val and the FORaMEAL team are working on recipes that can enhance the FORaMEAL pack to make more nutritious and appetising meals
  • Lili-Ann has put together a great new R4B's video which can be accessed at
  • Club members and friends can, by mentioning R4B and Canterbury RC,  get a 10% discount at Bulleen Art and Garden on their Colour Your World plants. The store is at 6 Maningham Road West, Bulleen
Last Week's Speaker - Gemma Sisia
Some have been a bit down in the dumps because we have not been able to meet in person and see and hear the speaker at our Monday night Club meetings.
So who would have thought one of our best ever presentations was via Zoom all the way from Tanzania.
Last Monday Gemma Sisia joined us (a little late as she was not aware of the daylight saving change over the weekend) via Zoom to give us a fantastic insight into the School of St Jude.
In 2002 Gemma established the school after the donation of a small parcel of land and ongoing donations, many from rotarians, from across the world. From very humble beginnings the school now has approximately 1800 students, a large number of whom are boarders.
St Jude’s provides a 100% free, quality education to children who – due to poverty and social pressures – would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. Drawn from families who often live on less than $2.70 a day, the pupils of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education.

Now, St Jude’s graduates are enrolled in universities across Tanzania and East Africa and 24 scholars have just graduated from their tertiary course supported by Beyond St Jude’s. They are one step closer to becoming the next generation of Tanzanian leaders.

Gemma gave a unique guided walk around the school (a bit like roaming Brian in the post match of Seven footy) using her mobile and the often maligned Zoom app where we visited classrooms full of energetic students, met teaching and administration staff and experienced a very vibrant setting.

The school's annual running costs are around $6m, and as all the students are on scholarships, the school survives on donations (90% of which come from Australians). Other expenses include a fleets of 26 buses to transport the students and staff and the provision of around 700 hot lunch meals  each day.

Gemma's presentation was inspiring and it is easy to appreciate how in 2007 Gemma’s achievements were honoured by an Order of Australia medal. Her story has been featured twice in the ABC TV documentary program Australian Story, in 2005 and a follow-up in 2009. In 2012, Gemma was named one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence, nominated in the Global category and was also a finalist in New South Wales for Australian of the Year. In 2000 and 2019, Gemma was awarded a Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

It was a pleasure to have experienced just a short time with Gemma and  The School of St Jude.

Should you wish to support The School of St Jude by donating, please follow this link to the School's website donation page.
Next Week's Speaker - Bwe Thay
Our speaker next week is Bwe Thay who is a Deputy Commissioner at Multicultural Victoria and  he is also on the Board of the Refugeee Communities Association of Victoria
Bwe Thay is a passionate advocate for a multicultural Australia.  Prior to his appointment at MV,  Bwe has held many leadership roles within Victoria’s multicultural sector with a focus on education and employment for new and emerging communities. He has received a range of community and academic awards for his contributions, including the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s 2018 Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award for his advocacy work in providing information about issues and challenges impacting multicultural communities in Victoria. Bwe arrived in Australia in 2009 as a refugee migrant. He is a graduate from the Australian Catholic University, and currently works as the Migrant Aspiration Program Coordinator at Swinburne University of Technology.
Elizebeth Shepherd's Story from the District 9800 Netyworker
Below is a story reproduced from the District 9800 Networker about one of the Canterbury RC's new members Elizabeth Shepherd - enjoy her story
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dear supporter,
Orders are closing soon!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to highlight the most common cancer among Australian women. Cabrini is one of the country's largest private providers, and continues to be a leader in comprehensive cancer care, offering highly experienced specialists, individualised treatment and a full range of support services.

This year, in lieu of the annual Cabrini Breast Cancer Care Luncheon, Cabrini Foundation has teamed up with renowned chef Scott Pickett and his restaurant Estelle to create a delicious three course menu for two, chef prepared for you to heat, eat and experience at home. It’s a wonderful way to support Cabrini’s breast cancer care services while enjoying fine dining at home. You can enjoy the hamper for two with your partner, invite your bubble buddy over for dinner or order multiple hampers for your family to enjoy together.

Each hamper for two also comes with a bonus copy of Scott’s book “A Cook’s Story” and stunning platter thanks to Salt&Pepper homewares.
The package options cater for all tastes, with a choice of eye fillet, chicken or vegan main course.
Hand rolled macaroni, peas, asparagus and wild rocket, (v)

Main Course
Grass fed eye fillet, creamed kale and shitake mushroom (gf)
Free range chicken, creamed kale and shitake mushroom (gf)
Roasted cauliflower polonaise (v)

Orange and almond cake, mascarpone, lemon verbena syrup
Delivery is available to all areas within 15km radius of Melbourne CBD. You can choose to have your hamper delivered on either Friday 16th October or Saturday 17th October 2020 ($9.95 delivery fee included in total cost).

If you happen to be located outside of the 15km radius, we may be able to place a special delivery order for you. Please contact Rebecca Staple at or call 03 9508 1386.

I encourage you to share this opportunity with your friends and family who may also be interested in supporting Cabrini Breast Cancer Care through this exciting experience. If you would like to further support Cabrini Breast Cancer Care please DONATE HERE.

Orders close on Tuesday 13th October 2020 unless sold out prior.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support of Cabrini.

Yours sincerely,
Sue Parkes
Director, Cabrini Foundation
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Helpful Links
Below are a number of links to websites that may be useful references.
Birthdays & Anniversaries (if your birthday is not recorded it is because the Club does not have it on our system)
Member Birthdays
Elizabeth Shepherd
October 12
David Zrna
October 24
David Shave
October 28
Join Date
Pat Poynton
October 21, 2019
1 year
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Surrey Hills Physiotherapy Centre
Visit our website for more details of the treatment and services offered.
1/109 Union Rd, Surrey Hills VIC, 3127. We are located just south of the Surrey Hills railway station, with parking available in Peppercorn Lane, Union Road or Windsor Crescent.
To book an appointment, email us at or telephone 9899 0399
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         Mobile 0424 657 700
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