Meet Christopher Ochaya. He is from the village of Gulu in Uganda. The Rotary Club of Werribee is sponsoring Christopher as part of a Rotary scholarship that he won to visit Australia to study agricultural techniques.
The scholarship is named after Royce and Jean Abbey. Royce was the International Rotary President in 1988-89. He wanted to establish a program that funded individuals from underdeveloped countries to undertake practical training in Australia in the areas of food production, forestry, agriculture, environmental research, and community leadership and development. The training is intended to equip the successful candidate with knowledge and skills that can be used in their own communities.
Christopher arrived in Melbourne on Saturday 4th February and will spend 3 months in Victoria visiting and experiencing a number of diverse agricultural businesses including an egg farm, a beef property and a free-range pig operation.
The Rotary Club of Werribee has been running an annual golf day for over 30 years. In recent times, the event has been very successful due to the hard work of the organising committee and the generosity of the sponsors and participants. Over the last three years, the club has raised an average $20,000 per year. These funds have been distributed to specific causes, both locally and overseas.
The next golf day will be held on Friday 3rd March 2017 at the Werribee Park Golf Club located along the banks of the Werribee River and adjacent to the Werribee Mansion. As usual, there will be a number of great awards for the winning teams. There will also be individual prizes for the longest drive and straightest drive. And, we will be conducting a hole-in-one competition after its success last year. Golfers will have a chance of winning a car from local dealer Ballan Holden if they are lucky enough to score a hole in one. This year all proceeds of the day will go to the Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit Appeal.
The registration fee covers the cost of the game in addition to a light lunch before play commences at 12:20pm. Also included is an after-game dinner where prizes will be awarded and some light entertainment will be supplied by funny man Des Dowling.
If you enjoy a game of golf and would like to play on the day, please register early. There are limited places available and they are filling fast. You can register as an individual or as a team. Sponsorship options are also available.
Click here to download the registration form.
The Rotary Club of Werribee is proud to report that their international project to build a new bore-water system at the Sir Tito Winyi Secondary School in the village of Masindi in Northern Uganda has been completed.
Clean water is now officially flowing through the taps signalling the completion of all major works of the project. Students, teachers and community members now have the opportunity to experience and taste the clean water at the school.
The new system will supply 400 students and 1600 villagers with clean water. For many years, senior school children walked several kilometers each day to fill 20-litre containers with dirty water for consumption during the day.
Funds for the project were raised by donations from 10 supporting Rotary clubs, generous personal donations and matching grants from District 9800 funds and a Rotary International Global Grant.
Click here to view other images of the project.
Three hundred pieces of art work were on display at the annual Rotary art exhibition which was held at the Wyndham Civic Centre. It was well attended by the local community and 17 items were sold.
Congratulations to the hard-working committee for their efforts.
Click here to view some of the paintings.
One of the club's newest projects is called Apprentice Connect. We have partnered with the Wyndham Central College on their Pathways and Transitions Program. The program is aimed at helping young students who are intending to join the workforce rather than progressing on to tertiary education.
Three Rotarians were invited to the school to talk to the students about their own work and life experiences. They also spoke about how Rotary can help in many ways in life.
They offered to act as mentors if the students felt the need to seek advice about applying for jobs and preparing for an interview. The members enjoyed the experience and felt that they had made a small but positive impact. The school is keen to work with the club on future projects.
Pictured above are Rotarians Marty, Steve and Anthony addressing the class.
Click here to view a video of their presentation.
The Werribee River is one of the regions best kept secrets. The river meanders through the suburbs and township of Werribee before heading to the sea at Werribee South. Tracks have been constructed along the banks of the river to enable walkers and cyclists to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the environment which is a haven for wildlife, particularly many species of birds.
However, the waterway suffers from an accumulation of unsightly rubbish. Fortunately, the Rotary Club of Werribee, in conjunction with numerous like-minded people in the community, have joined forces to remove as much of the rubbish as possible.
Various working bees have been conducted. The latest project was to clean up an area of the river adjacent to the main shopping precinct. This was the third cleanup day conducted during this year. Another two are planned for the Wyndham Harbour area and the Point Cook Marine Park before the end of the year.
Click here to see some photos of our Rotarians and friends at work.