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Have you made the decision?

Have you thought about the opportunity to help others through organ and tissue donation?

Well we were all challenged to do just that by Alana Cresswell and David Clune of DonateLife.  This is the public face of the Australian Government Organ and Tissue Authority.

Organ and tissue transplantation is no longer experimental - our Australian surgeons are increadibly skilled.  Age is not necessarily a barrier to organ and tissue donations up to the age of 90 years, though it is a factor in the assessment of the viability of potential organs and tissues.

Transplantation is life changing - sad for some and joyous for others. Even in sadness there is the joy that comes from having done something good for others.

The key is the conversation that you have with your family now while you are alive.  You can prepare the way by registering to be an organ donor.  You can do that here - https://donatelife.gov.au/register-donor-today

You need to prepare the way by having an all important conversation with your family. And here's why:

It is vitally important that you share your wishes with your loved ones, and that you know what their wishes are to. In Australia, and only at the end of life, family members are always asked to confirm the donation decision. Nine in ten families will confirm the donation decision when they know that their loved one is a registered organ donor.

This is a personal decision for each individual, but one that can do so much for others. Check out the opportunity today and make your decision.

Is our community dementia friendly?

Tonight we were joined by Michelle Schlitter and Ann Donaghy from Centacare and learnt what it is like to be a dementia friendly community.  As our population ages we all find ourselves confronted in some way with issues that make our lives or those of others less comfortable.

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a group of illnesses which impact on a person's functioning - memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical function.  These illnesses can happen to anyone but they are more common after the age of 65.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians.  In 2018 there were an estimated 425,416 Australians living with dementia.  This is estimated to cost Australia in treatment and management more than $15 billion.

Having and living in a community that cares about people and their needs is especially important for people with early stages of dementia to remain in the community. Centacare, in collaboration with the Coffee Club at Wynnum has established a Memory Cafe.  Here is a place where people with dementia and their carers can just be themselves, share stories, discover helpful hints, and enjoy good food and the company of others.

See the details here:

Here is a useful link to more information about dementia - Dementia Australia https://www.dementia.org.au/ 

London to New Zealand by Bicycle

There is always something interesting happening in the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  Last night we went on a journey of self discovery with Jeremy Scott whose challenges with open heart surgery as an infant led to him riding alone around the world from London to New Zealand.  His story is told in:

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Ship for World Youth Rotary Community Day

Fantastic Ship for World Youth Rotary Community Day at Cleveland Showgrounds.

240 ship participants plus support staff and friends were hosted by the Rotary Clubs of the Redlands and Wynum and Manly together with Rylarians and Rotaractors from the District, for a fun afternoon of entertainment and old school sports.

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District 9630 Drought Relief Program

Rotary International Convention 2019

Hear RI President on the RI Convention 2019 here - https://vimeo.com/242312663 

Capture the Moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg. by 15 December to save.

Rotary’s Commitment to Creating a Healthier World 

Around the world, 400 million people can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care, which can result in pain, poverty, and misery. That’s why Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From offering temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities to designing and building infrastructure to allow doctors, patients, and governments to work together, Rotary members take on efforts both large and small.

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Rotary works to remove the scourge of Polio

The campaign to end the scourge of poliomyelitis continues - join Rotary in helping to eradicate this disease.  Watch this short video to see what your contribution to Rotary achieves.

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What does it mean to practice peace?

Nations observe 21 September as International Day of Peace, a “day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.” Rotary’s commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers, which yearly prepare up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master’s degree program or a three-month certificate program at partner universities worldwide.

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Strength in Diversity

In a world where intolerance and violence fueled by religious differences are seemingly increasing, one Rotary club in Indonesia is showing how diversity can help prevent a pandemic threat.

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Together We Transform - Together We Make A Difference

The generosity of Rotarians and others enables Rotary to keep Doing Good in the World. Last year, Rotarians completed over 30,000 Rotary service projects and dedicated 24.3 million hours to volunteering in the communities that need our help the most.

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Challenging the Future for Service Clubs

Mark Huddleston is a Rotarian mover and shaker who is keenly interested in shaping the future of the member clubs of Rotary International.  A leader who puts into practice what he proposes, this little book is a valuable read for all, but especially those who are leaders and aspiring leaders of Rotary Clubs.

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