Donation of Hearing Aids and Spare Parts by GN Resound For Samoa and the Philippines

My colleague Heba Hamdan, who is an audiologist with a hearing aid company called GN Resound, organized the donation of 140 hearing aids, equipment and accessories for use in Samoa and the Philippines.

A few days ago, my wife Cristy and I drove to the offices of GN Resound in Macquarie Park to collect a large box full of these items from Heba. We will send them to our colleagues overseas who will fit them, at no charge, to deaf children. In Samoa, where we are working with the Senese centre for Inclusive Education and in the Philippines, where we work with the audiology clinic at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The clinic in the Philippines is run by students from the Masters in Audiology program.

Heba spoke at one of our Rotary meetings a few years ago about the problems of hearing loss and how hearing aids can help. Apart from her Master’s degree in Audiology, she also has a Master’s degree in Public Health and she provides audiological support for GN Resound customers.

As many of you know, hearing loss can have a catastrophic effect on the education of a deaf child. We have fitted more than 200 children with hearing aids in Samoa over a period of twelve years. A good example was a 15-year-old girl, who was noticed by a teacher of the deaf for the Senese centre, wandering around on the street on a school day. She was rather unkempt and rather depressed and had dropped out of high school, as she could not hear the teacher. She was tested by the Senese staff and on our next visit, we fitted her with hearing aids. We saw her a few months later in a smart School uniform, attending a high school with the help of a sign language interpreter. There are many similar stories.

On our visit to the GN Resound offices, Cristy and I were also able to tour the GN Resound offices and saw the latest state of the art custom-made earmould manufacturing lab. An impression of the ear is made by injecting soft silicon material into the ear canal, which is then scanned. The image is stored on the system, cropped and modified using computer-aided design software and sent to a 3-D printer, which produces an earmould. The system is very impressive, but is of course expensive, partly due to the health regulations, which regard an earmould as a medical device.

I learned to make earmoulds in the UK in the 1970’s, when we took an impression of the ear and carefully placed it in plaster of Paris. When the plaster of Paris set, the impression was then removed and the resulting cavity in the plaster of Paris was filled up with a mixture of liquid and resin to produce a Perspex earmould. It had to be carefully ground, drilled and polished. It was all too easy to produce a really bad ill-fitting earmould. It was amazing to see how things had moved on in the last 50 years.

-Philip and Cristy Newall

                

 

 

Donation of Hearing Aids and Spare Parts by GN Resound For Samoa and the Philippines Philip and Cristy Newall 2022-08-27 14:00:00Z 0

Donation of Spare Parts for Samoan Children - Cochlear Implants

Our regular visits to Samoa to test the hearing of deaf children and fit them with donated hearing aids had to stop because of Covid, as flying to Samoa became difficult. Our last visit was in March 2020 and we left Samoa just as they began to close the country down.

Five Samoan children have been fitted with Cochlear Implants, as a result of initiatives by Next Sense (or the Royal Institute for Deaf children/ Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, as it was). These devices are used where the hearing loss is so great that a hearing aid would not help.

Four of the children were implanted several years ago by Professor Bill Gibson (at no charge) and the devices were programmed remotely with help from colleagues in Samoa (one other child was implanted in New Zealand). These devices would have cost about $25,000 each (plus surgical costs) and need maintenance and spare parts. Part of the device is implanted in the child’s head but another part (the processor) is worn behind the ear, like a large hearing aid. As more than two years had passed since our last visit, one device was not working and all the children were using spare processors. Several of them needed the special rechargeable batteries and chargers, as well as other spare parts.

These children are all profoundly deaf and oral communication would be impossible without the cochlear implant. They would not be able to attend school without sign language support.

When I contacted the Cochlear Implant group at Next Sense, Kyle Chisolm of Next Sense responded and agreed to donate a large number of spare parts including the processors. If these parts were new, they would be worth about A$80,000. Fortunately, the devices used in Samoa were an earlier model cochlear implant processor and many Australian children have now been fitted with new models, so spare parts for the older models are available.

Cristy and I collected a large box of spare parts from Next Sense in Gladesville a couple of weeks ago, sorted them out and posted the devices in two parcels to Samoa. The first one has just arrived there.

It will make a huge difference to these children and we are very grateful for the generous support of Next Sense.

Our work in Samoa is supported by a Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) grant

-Philip and Cristy Newall

 

Donation of Spare Parts for Samoan Children - Cochlear Implants Philip and Cristy Newall 2022-08-23 14:00:00Z 0

Parramatta Mission - Update

On Thursday 28th July, after working at the Rotary Australia Repurposing Equipment (RARE) centre in Castle Hill, I delivered a walking frame to Paul Moussa at the Parramatta Mission. It was needed for use by one of the disadvantaged people who make use of the services provided by the centre. It was kindly donated by Keith Roffey of RARE.
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Blanket Drive at the Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre (DANC)

A request from Kathryn Hammond at the Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre (DANC) for good quality used warm blankets of various sizes that they can provide to people in need. Rotarian Sophie Bayar is taking the initiate to drive this project. Please give all your support.
 
Blanket Drive at the Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre (DANC) Paolo Santiago 2022-07-22 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary Australia Sends Equipment to Ukraine

ROTARY AUSTRALIA REPURPOSING EQUIPMENT (RARE)

SENDS EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINE

By PP Philip Newall

This is the new name for HEERA, which itself was formerly called Donations in Kind.

On 23rd June, Chris Johnson, Ed Strom and John Davidson of our Club worked at RARE, assembling two pallets of non-perishable pre-boxed medical items and creating packing list waybills. These were hospital beds, which needed separating, testing, matching to accessories and organising.

The pallets were addressed to the Ukraine and Qantas was taking them as free freight to Heathrow. From there Rotary has arranged road transport, which may go via Poland if it cannot be direct. 

As some members will know, RARE is a Rotary organization, which is, involves in collecting items of medical and educational equipment and consumables. These are stored, sorted and packed into containers and sent to developing countries. Great efforts are made to ensure that the items are sent to organizations (usually connected with local Rotary clubs) and put to appropriate use. The work in NSW is currently organized by an experienced Rotarian called Keith Roffey.

Our Club has been involved with RARE, which has a very large warehouse in Castle Hill and our Club has committed to helping out there on the fourth Thursday each month.

Cristy and I were unable to help on this occasion as we were out of town.

Our colleagues from the Club did a great job, and everyone should be aware of the ongoing commitment undertaken by some of our members. This shipment to the Ukraine, which as you all know is suffering so badly, is a great thing for our Club to be involved with.

Rotary Australia Sends Equipment to Ukraine Paolo Santiago 2022-07-12 14:00:00Z 0

Flood Relief Sydney & surrounding regions (RARF)

 
We are raising funds to provide relief for people affected by the recent flooding in and near Sydney during July 2022. This is the third time that many of these people have been flooded in the last 18 months. The relief appeal will provide funding to Rotary Clubs located in the flood impacted areas of Sydney and surrounding regions to assist their communities in the recovery from the devastating floods. Assistance to the most affected to get them back into their homes as soon as possible once the floods subside. The project is sponsored by RAWCS National.
 
Flood Relief Sydney & surrounding regions (RARF) Paolo Santiago 2022-07-10 14:00:00Z 0

Sponsored Lunch at Parramatta Mission’s Meals Plus

As in previous years, our Club sponsored lunch at the Parramatta Mission on the 15th of June. Members who volunteered to prepare, cook and serve meals were Tom Burke, Sophie Bayar, Ed and Nola Strom, Philip and Cristy Newall, Chris Johnson and his friend Gerald Willis-Jones. We were met by Chao Zhou, Volunteer Coordinator and Paul Moussa, Meals Plus Program Coordinator. 130 take-away meals were served, with the help of our volunteers, to the poor and needy.

Paul Moussa indicated that, whilst the donation of $2000 was very welcome, we can just volunteer to help preparing and serving meals. He would also welcome donations of clothes, books and DVD’s.

-PP Philip and Cristy Newall

                   

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Clean Up Australia Day

It was a great day to be with my fellow Rotarians and clean up the Ponds Walk trail at Eric Mobbs Memorial Park on Marsden Road in Carlingford.
 
Together with Mike Morgan, Bass Bhaskaran, Philip and Cristy Newall, and our President Sudhir Mooray we collected rubbish through the park. We retrieved a large tyre, two chairs, front bumper of a car, a large television, and several bags full of rubbish.
 
It felt good to give back and help our community in a relatively small way.
 
 
  
          
 
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Peter Allison sings at North Rocks Market

Have you stopped to enjoy the music of Peter Allison when visiting North Rocks Market ? 
 
Peter often plays at the Market on a Sunday morning, and all the money he collects is donated to the Can Too Foundation. 
 
Peter Allison sings at North Rocks Market Trudy 2022-03-16 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Flood Appeal

The Rotary Districts of Australia have launched a national flood appeal to provide financial assistance to flood victims in QLD and NSW.  Personal donations are tax deductible.
 
Be generous in your donation and know that the funds will be delivered to people in need via their local Rotary clubs who can assess the need in their local area.
 
 
 
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Shelterbag Donation

Imagine sleeping rough in all the rain we are having at the moment !  Parramatta Mission does an amazing job of trying to support homeless people in the local community.
 
Rotary Carlingford Community Service Director Cristy Newall saw these terrific Shelterbags advertised and quickly ordered five to give to Parramatta Mission, who can donate them to people who are doing it tough, living on the streets.
 
Shelterbags are a light, durable, warm, waterproof, comfortable protective sleeping tent.  To find out more about Shelterbags, listen to the Podcast of "Rotary Matters".
 
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Australia Day 2022 - thankyou !

A huge thankyou to everyone who participated in the Australia Day at John Wearn Reserve event this year.  We had such a wonderful day, with Uncle Barry Seach, Bidgigal Elder providing a splendid Welcome to Country, followed by Lord Mayor Donna David from the City of Parramatta making an Australia Day speech, supported by the councillors from the North Rocks Ward.  The North Rocks Scouts then did a splendid job of raising the 3 new flags on the flagpoles newly installed at John Wearn Reserve.    Then in the afternoon....
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Congratulations - Australia Day Say Thanks to a Mate Awards

Sincere congratulations to our Australia Day Say Thanks to a Mate award winners.  Thanks to the National Australia Day Council, and the Rotary Clubs of Carlingford, Beecroft & North Rocks, 18 awards (total value $540) were made to Essential Workers in our local area, who have worked hard to keep our community operating during difficult times.
 
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Australia Day 2022

 
Come and join us for a community celebration on Australia Day at John Wearn Reserve Amphitheatre, Farnell Ave, Carlingford.
 
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North Rocks Market re-opens January 2nd

Sending all stallholders and customers our best wishes for the Festive Season.  After a challenging year for everyone, we hope that 2022 is a better year for all !
 
 
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Grace's Place Update

 
 
Club Youth Director Martha Jabour OAM invited members of the Club Board to attend Doonside on Tuesday 26th October to join a site visit of Grace’s Place which is now under construction.
 
 
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Parramatta Mission Donations

 
October 2021 - Parramatta Mission operate a lunch program which is heavily utilised by members of the community.  They also provide clothing, food parcels and other items / services to those in need.  Carlingford Rotary Club are pleased to have donated $4,000 recently for Parramatta Mission to purchase a new commercial microwave for use in their very busy kitchen.  Rotarians Philip and Cristy Newall were also pleased to present a donated walker to be used one of their client's.
Parramatta Mission Donations Trudy Stevenson 2021-11-07 13:00:00Z 0

North Rocks Market re-opens on Sunday 14th November

Great news !  North Rocks Market will re-open on Sunday November 14th!  This community market has been in operation for 35 years.  Rotarians from Carlingford Rotary Club volunteer their time to operate this market.  All proceeds are donated to local and international community projects.  
North Rocks Market re-opens on Sunday 14th November Trudy Stevenson 2021-11-07 13:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

The Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity of a lifetime for High School students to spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of their adopted host families.
 
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About us

A vibrant group of about 40 people from diverse professional and ethnic backgrounds, since 1972. We espouse Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and live by Rotary’s 4-way Test.
Our focus is to serve humanity through our various projects in the local community, international, vocational, and youth programs. We build relationships with other community organizations, and charity groups.
Our projects are funded primarily by our Market at North Rocks which we manage every Sunday morning. Our voluntary work is done in the spirit of fellowship and fun.
Please join us Tuesday evenings, or on a Sunday morning at our Market.
Learn more..
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Peter Bacha, President Rydalmere FC.

 
 

Community service award

Peter Bacha was recently recognized for his substantial community contribution by the Rotary Club of Carlingford.  Peter has been a volunteer with the Rydalmere FC for 42 years.
 
Peter Bacha, President Rydalmere FC. Trudy Stevenson 2021-07-03 14:00:00Z 0

Parramatta Mission


 
A team from Rotary Carlingford were pleased to provide a sponsored lunch for Parramatta Mission's Meals Plus service.  The team assisted the kitchen to prepare more than 200 meals, which were well received by a long line of grateful recipients. 
 
We were pleased to provide Parramatta Mission with a donation to assist them to provide their services in the community.
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2021 Club Changeover

The Rotary Club of Carlingford held their 49th Annual Changeover Dinner at Muirfield Golf Club on Friday 18th June 2021.
 
Club President Bob O'Shea provided an excellent report of the clubs activities in what has been a very challenging year, presented a number of awards and announced donations to The Rotary Foundation, NextSense (previously known as the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children), Graces Place and other organisations.
 
Incoming Club President Sudhir Mooray Pasala was inducted and made an inspirational speech about the year ahead and our 2021-2022 to "Serve to Change Lives".
 
 
(Pictured L-R: Carol & Bob O'Shea, Radha and Sudhir Mooray Pasala)
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End Polio Now 2021-05-05 14:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 

 

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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

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