Around District  9800

We are now beginning to move into the ‘Change’ stages of the Regionalisation Pilot that will see us ready for a revised approach to be implemented from 1 July.
Our Governor team is working with the Steering Group to ensure a smooth transition for all clubs and to assist everyone in understanding what this change will mean. 
Rotary Hoppers Crossing recently completed an exciting project that will help provide a better standard of health care for hospitalized patients in three African countries – Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria. The project involved sending high-quality surgical instruments to health clinics and hospitals in the three countries.
In the lead-up to International Men’s Day (IMD) 2023, and in line with Rotary International President Gordon McInally’s focus on Mental Health, on November 17, Rotary Caroline Springs held a fundraising dinner to recognize community champions. Local organisations nominated people within their organisations to acknowledge their contribution and achievements in recognising mental health issues in the community.
Rotary Keilor East is introducing an easier, and more cost-effective way to ship goods internationally.  We know that many countries in our region could benefit from the goods that are readily available from our Donations In Kind (DIK) and Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) stores. We also know that many clubs want to help, but mostly they operate in isolation.  A full container of material is often more than a project needs and is financially challenging for many clubs.  The answer is a shared container. 
On World Mental Health Day 10th October, Rotary Yarraville members were joined by Rotarians from Port Phillip, Altona, and Port Gellibrand to raise funds and awareness of mental health in the community.  The evening raised $450.00 for the Australian Rotary Health Foundation.  It was a remarkable evening beginning with a heartfelt toast to Rotary International delivered by district governor nominee, Peter Shepheard.  A number of inspirational speakers followed.
Rotary Flemington Kensington has funded the second car for Moonee Valley Council’s L2P Program (Learners to Provisional) which assists learner drivers in fulfilling the pre-licence test requirement of 120 hours supervised driving. This car increases capacity and access for learners and mentors living in Ascot Vale and Flemington where many young people do not have access to either a car or a supervisor driver.
What would you do if you walked into a supermarket toilet to find a woman who looked just like you washing her hair in the sink?  And as your eyes meet, you learn her story.  She’d long thrived; things turned tough; she managed most of the time by house sitting or staying with friends.  Sometimes, though, there was nowhere but the car.  This was one of those times, the supermarket toilet was where she had to wash her hair. She was worried about being judged and was keen to add that she was OK.
Over the month of October, District 9800 Rotarians again took to the parks, pavements and walking machines to raise money towards ending Polio in the world. A huge thank you to everyone who participated; walking and raising money during October for our End Polio Campaign.  Sixty-five individual walkers in 18 teams raised just over $47,000, with Robert Fisher from Rotary Melbourne topping the individual fundraising leaderboard and the DG Team topping the teams’ category.
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