Men’s Health Education Rural Van (MHERV)

On 8 and 9 March 2024, our Club will be hosting the Van and the accompanying nurse, Jennifer, on their visit to Queanbeyan. On the two days of the MHERV visit, the van will be located in the Riverside Plaza North carpark, in the same location as the Red Cross Blood Bus usually parks.

The van travels around rural areas in NSW, stopping usually for a couple of days in each location, for around 8 months of the year. Whilst men are the key target in the rural areas, women are also very welcome.

The nurse provides a free confidential health check, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels; and also a quick chat about your general health. A 10 minute visit could save you two trips to the doctor and a trip to the Pathology as well, not to mention a lot of money!! For more information, check out this link.

The MHERV RV travels around NSW for 8 months each year to provide free health testing.
The MHERV RV travels around NSW for 8 months each year to provide free health testing.

Projects and Programs

RCQ CARES FOR THE GARDENS AT HOME IN QUEANBEYAN

Starting this year, our club will be maintaining the gardens at HOME in Queanbeyan, starting from January. Our first job was to dismantle and store the Christmas Nativity set, which was interesting, and took more time than expected. The grass was nearly knee-high, took about 2 hours to mow, and a few of the trees needed some significant pruning. Of course, we had come prepared with the right tools and seven of us to do the work, so we filled the green bins to capacity and then scheduled our return visits. We all were very pleased to see the difference in the grounds when we'd finished!

Rotary working on the gardens at Home in QBN - Andrew, Graham and Steve in the foreground
Rotary working on the gardens at Home in QBN - Andrew, Graham and Steve in the foreground
Andrew working hard at HOME in Queanbeyan
Andrew working hard at HOME in Queanbeyan

U Turn The Wheel 2024

U Turn The Wheel (UTTW) Driver education awareness program for Year 11 students.

We are piloting this Program in 2024 in The Anglican School Googong, Karabar, and Queanbeyan High Schools in May this year for Year 11 students, with Googong booked on 1st May, Karabar on 22nd May, and Queanbeyan on 29th May. Each school will have up to 5 Presenters present a range of topic to the students, with the aim being to educate them on the risks associated with driving a vehicle.

Click here for more information on the Program.

PARTNERSHIP WITH NSW POLICE AGAINST GENDER-BASED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On December 1st, 2023, Rotary Club of Queanbeyan, along with Jerrabomberra and Bungendore Clubs, gathered with the NSW Police, the Mayor of Queanbeyan, and other interested citizens, at Queanbeyan Park to launch the partnership of NSW Police and NSW Rotary Clubs against domestic violence in our local community.

The goal of the partnership is to raise further community awareness of domestic and family violence across NSW. The launch of the partnership comes as part of the internationally recognized ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’ campaign, which began on 25 November 2023, and concludes on 10th December 2023, World Human Rights Day.

This partnership will encourage and build on the already strong relationship between Rotary and the NSW Police. The formal relationship will see the two organisations working together at a community level across the state to significantly increase awareness of domestic and family violence. Under the initiative, every police area command and district will team up with their local Rotary club/s to develop campaigns and activities around local domestic and family violence issues.

See this link to NSW Police for more information.

Presidents of Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra and Bungendore Rotary Clubs: Rod See, John Askew and Christine Allard.

TEEN CLINIC

Our Club has made a commitment to cover the monthly costs of the pharmacy bill for this Clinic, which provides a very necessary service to the youth of our area. The Clinic provides a confidential counselling service, and where they can’t assist, they refer the teens to appropriate service providers. The Teen Clinic web site provides more information, click here.

FLORIADE GNOMES September to October 2024

Every year at Floriade, Rotary Club of Murrumbidgee Canberra runs the Gnomes workshop project at Floriade. Our Club takes on “ownership” of a weekend.

So, we are usually there from 9:30am to 4pm on the second weekend selling gnomes and helping people of all ages to get their wonderful creations ready to take home.

A link to the Floriade website will be provided when the 2024 website is up and running.

Beautiful and colourful gnomes painted during the 2023 Floriade at the Rotary Gnomes pavilion.
Beautiful and colourful gnomes painted during the 2023 Floriade at the Rotary Gnomes pavilion.

QUEANBEYAN SHOW NOVEMBER 2024

Queanbeyan Rotary Clubs have been manning the gates at the Queanbeyan Show, for the Queanbeyan Show Society, for nearly 10 years now.

This is one of our biggest jobs, as it requires four gates to be manned for two days, close to 250 hours of effort!

Last year's Show was bigger and better than any in the past, so make sure you come along and have lots of fun! For more information, check out this link.

Queanbeyan Show Grounds on Glebe Avenue, location of the Annual Queanbeyan Show.
Queanbeyan Show Grounds on Glebe Avenue, location of the Annual Queanbeyan Show.