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THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON OFFER AT INAUGURAL NORTHERN GOLD COAST ROTARY EVENT

The Oxenford & Coomera Community Centre will be a reader's paradise in early April when the Rotary Book Fair takes place. We are excited to be hosting the Book Fair alongside the Northern Gold Coast Rotaract Club that will run from 8 to 10 April 2022.
 
Our Book Fair Co-ordinator, Joyce Durey, knows that book fairs are very popular events, well established in other Rotary areas, but not currently on the northern Gold Coast. She is planning a fun community event where everyone is welcome to come along and browse the range on offer and take home some great books at very low prices.
 
“There are books across all genres that have either been donated to Rotary or have been culled by some local school libraries,” she said, “It's a fundraiser with all proceeds going back into the Rotary Club to support local northern Gold Coast community programs.”
 
“We want to encourage people with a love of reading and hopefully spread that love of reading throughout the community. With technology being such a huge part of our lives today, it’s wonderful that reading books is still a much-loved activity.”
 
The Oxenford and Coomera Youth Centre features an awesome community coffee shop which is run by young Rotarians from the Rotaract Club, and they will be serving great coffee and delicious snacks throughout the duration of the Book Fair. And Miss Jen (from the Centre’s playgroup) will be reading stories to children in ‘Read and Grow’ sessions in the Story Corner at various times across the Book Fair. The children (and adults!) can enjoy listening and joining in with nursery rhymes, and more!
 
The Book Fair would not have been possible without support from Gold Coast City Councillor, William Owen-Jones, who provided funds in the form of a grant from the GCCC Discretionary Fund to assist with set-up costs. Our dedicated team of volunteers has been working away organizing the Fair over the past few months and more volunteers are needed to run the event in April. If anyone would like to help at the Book Fair, please let us know by emailing us on coomeravalleyrotary@gmail.com
 
The Rotary Book Fair will kick off from Friday 8 April from 9am to 4pm. “It will continue on Saturday 9 April and again on Sunday at the Oxenford & Coomera Youth Community Centre” Joyce said.
 
“The whole community is invited to come along for a browse and pick up a good book (or several!) and the coffee shop will be open so you can sit and enjoy your coffee, reading your purchases straight away!”

ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMMES - REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

Two of our District’s Youth Programmes, the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are now open for applications.
RYTS is aimed at students in their senior years of school (Grade 11 and 12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system. The program has a focus to assist the transition from one area of study onto the next phase of life. It runs from 17 to 22 January 2022.
RYLA is aimed at young people aged 19-29 and will run from 25 to 30 January 2022. The programme is a personal, professional development camp which focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
The location of both camps is Bornhoffen PCYC in Natural Bridge, QLD. We are accepting applicants from both QLD and NSW as we hope by January that border restrictions will no longer be in place. With limited spaces available at each camp, we urge applicants to apply early. Should COVID restrictions at the time prevent NSW residents from attending a refund would be available.
More details and links for applications can be found here https://www.rotary9640.org/page/youth-programs-summary
We look forward to receiving applications for these often life-changing programmes.
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HELPING THE HELENSVALE COMMUNITY

 
This week, Martin Mankowski and Past President, Tony Lines presented a cheque for $500 to Helensvale State School Principal Heidi Booth and Josh Kelly. They were very grateful for the donation and the funds will be used to provide food and uniforms for students from less-fortunate families at the school.
 
These funds were raised via the Rotary Club of Coomera Valley's ‘Wacky Treasure Hunt’ co-ordinated by our Honorary Member, Kerry Dunn and assisted by Martin and other club members.
 
Principal Heidi confirmed that they look forward to strengthening the links with Rotary and are interested in Rotary’s Youth Programs. We will be working closely with the school in the near future regarding an EarlyAct club, helping them to establish a club, if they so require.
 
We are delighted to be able to assist our local community in this way.
 
The Club is always keen to assist any local schools or community groups where we can so if you are aware of any community group requiring assistance or support, please let us know via this page or by email to coomeravalleyrotary@gmail.com

RECOGNITION FROM ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

The Rotary Club of Coomera Valley is one of only 17 clubs in District 9640 to receive a Rotary citation for the year 2020/2021 from Rotary International. The Rotary Citation is a significant award that honours clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success.
 
This citation recognizes the Rotary Club of Coomera Valley and our immediate Past President Tony Lines, for achieving the goals set by District Governor Andy Rajapakse, which included growing our membership and sponsorship of the new Northern Gold Coast Rotaract Club.
 
Clubs that achieve the goals required to earn the Rotary Citation are strengthening Rotary and shaping our future.
 
We are very honoured to receive this prestigious award and contribute to the great work Rotary does around Australia and world-wide.
Club News
We were delighted to recently hear back from Kat Cacavas and Karyn Johns with an update on the work with the orphans in Sierra Leone. The plans for 2020 have obviously been impacted due to COVID-19 but Kat and her team have many plans for 2021 and beyond.
 
Many children in Sierra Leone are orphaned due to war and/or disease and Kat supports these children to attend the Sierra Leone marathon.
 
Dr Peter Logan from The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, QLD (formerly the RBH) recently presented to us regarding his humanitarian trip to the Philippines. Dr Logan is travelling to the Philippines to provide medical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to the medical profession there, as well as additional training as required. He is visiting the Oriental Mindoro province, which until 2018 did not have a Department of Health ambulance service and even now only has two medical vehicles – with only one configured for advanced life support.
 
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