Wyndham Youth Taskforce

Casey and Joel Talking

Casey Snell and Joel Zarebski (above) gave an excellent heartfelt presentation on their work on the Youth Taskforce based at Wyndham Youth Resources.  The Youth Taskforce is a group of young people aged 15-25 years old that volunteer their time to work on many different projects.  They meet weekly and currently have 8-10 members. Current projects are the youth forum, w factor, the book of stuff and help with the youth festival.  The group liaise regularly with the media to provide a young person’s perspective and opinion on many issues. Recent projects include:

  • eSafety Photoshoot to create resources and stories to help other young people with cyberbullying and reporting illegal content online.
  • Councillor Info Sessions for the upcoming local election in Wyndham.
  • Grants-YTF is consulted with and advises Youth Services on upcoming grants.  They have recently assisted with Dad’s Space and Empower youth grants.
  • ‘Get off my Back’ is a project in response to the Youth Forum 2016’s Findings Report where a need was identified for pathways to help you people understand what needs to be done in order to achieve their study and career goals. Get off my Back explores pathways that young people in Wyndham have taken that fall outside the traditional VCE and VCAL options.  So far some amazing stories have been collected demonstrating how young people who dropped out of mainstream education have achieved their goals through starting with volunteering, doing VCE through Distance Education online. A brochure of their stories is in the pipeline.
  • YTF participate in the selection of candidates for the Mayoral Youth Award.

Joel and Casey appealed to Rotarians to send along their grandchildren and others in the community to join this band of hard working individuals who are trying to improve the lives of young people in Wyndham.

Joel and Casey enthusiastically answered the questions of members and guests and were presented with gifts by President Des and Youth Chair Khurram.  

Well done guys!

Khurram Des Casey Joel
Des presents gifts to guestsNew Generation Committee Chair, Khurram and President Des presenting Casey and Joel with a gift of appreciation to thank them for their presentation on the Wyndham Youth Taskforce presentation.

Hospital Equipment bound for Ghana

Container filled with hospital equipment for Ghana was packed at DIK (Donations in Kind)
last week. Past Presidents Nik and Bob went along for the closing of the container in preparation for its journey to Ghana.

This project was coordinated by our International Committee – what a fantastic effort they made in achieving this.


Ghana container filled to the brim with hospital equipment ready for shipping.

Container Contents

PPs Bob and Nik help close the container and send it on its way to Ghana.

Nik and Bob Closing Container

Size of container being sent to Ghana

Container ready to be closed

Werribee Support and Housing Blanket Drive

On Saturday, August 6th, 2016, Rotary supported the blanket collection for the homeless, organised by the Werribee Support and Housing being held at the grounds of the Uniting Church on Synnot Street, Werribee.

The event was a huge success, where people from diverse backgrounds joined in to enjoy the cold morning and serve the community through selfless donations of blankets.

Rotary was happy to accept the invitation to run the barbecue for all of those who attended and interact with generous people approaching the venue with the true drive and passion, which Rotarians possess of “Service Above Self”.

Moreover, President Des and Rotarians from Community Committee had the privilege of making a donation of sleeping bags on behalf of our club.

It was a great day, indeed!

– Khurram Khan

Doug (Committee Chair – left) and President Des (right) presenting blankets and sleeping bags to Werribee Support and Housing staff member


(L-R) Doug , Timand Des cooking up a storm for Wyndham community who came to support this worthwhile event


Welcome to our newest member – Sharon

Last night (27 July) was a night of celebration for the Club. We were honoured to induct Sharon as our newest member into our Club. (It’s wonderful to work on evening the gender balance so the women of the club and even more delighted to have you on board Sharon).

Sharon has not sat idle leading up to her induction and has already been working with the Community Committee and is now officially the deputy Chair for this group.

We all look forward to getting to know more about you as well as your partner Surge and son Jake during the coming months.

Des inducting Sharon into our ClubDes inducting Sharon

Des providing Sharon with her badge and Rotary Information Pack

Des present Sharon with bage and Rotary Information Back

Sharon, President Des, Surge (Sharon’s partner) and Doug (Sharon’s mentor)Sharon Des Surge and Doug 1

Murray talks Rotary Foundation

Last night (27 July) we we graced with the presence of Past District Governor, Murray Verso. Murray came along tonight to talk to the club about Rotary Foundation and the amazing work it has done over many years. I know I learned a thing or two from his presentation and it made me feel proud to be a Rotarian and to know that all of our hard work pays off here and abroad.
(Murray talks about Rotary Foundation)
Murray Right Profile

Col (right) thanks Murray (left) for his informative presentation.Colin thanking Murray

Thanks from Woody’s Warriors

Certificate of Appreciation - Ride to Conquer Cancer - 20 July 2016Peter ‘Woody’ Woods from Woody’s Warriors also attended our meeting on Wednesday 20 July 2016 to present the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for the donation the Club made to his team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Woody and his team have been participating for four years and have raised almost $89,000 for the cause. They raised over $22,00 this year.

Great work guys!

To find out more about ‘Ride to Conquer Cancer’, click on the link below.

(Photo: Woody on left and President Des on right)

Woody and Des with Certificate - 20 July 2016

M.U.N.A Presentation from Zach and Nicole

M.U.N.A. stands for Model United Nations Assembly

Recently, Nicole and Zach (Year 11 students) from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College were sponsored by our club to attend M.U.N.A. M.U.N.A. simulates the workings of the U.N. assembly by having teams of two students represent a particular U.N. country. Nicole and Zach were representing Russia.

Topics are debated on matters of world political and social concern. It is held over a week-end to give sufficient time for all participants to become involved. The main aim is to develop an awareness of the United Nations in students as well as international situations of other countries and to encourage students to study topics from another country’s perspective., there were 49 Rotarians in 29 of the different country delegations. The objectives of Rotary International are to encourage international understanding, goodwill and peace and this parallels those of the U.N.

Students will be given topics well in advance. Resolutions cover issues such as Education, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, Terrorism and World Peace. Delegates must express the views of the countries they are representing and not their own or those views of Australia. Students are also encouraged to wear the appropriate costume of their allocated country and have fun dressing up.

The objective is to encourage young people to learn respect and tolerance for people of all races, religions and nationalities. They do this by debating U.N. topics from their given countries perspectives.

At our meeting on Wednesday 20 July, Zach and Nicole came and talked to the club about their experience and how they benefited from attending this Rotary project that is simulated by Rotary districts all over the world.

Thanks for attending our meeting and sharing your experience with us, Zach and Nicole.

Photos (L-R):

1. Khurram (Youth Chairperson) with Zach and Nicole)

2. Khurram, Des (Club President), Zach and Nicole

3. President Des with Zach and Nicole

MUNA participants presentation - 20 July 2016 Khurram and Des with MUNA participants Zach and Nicole - 20 July 2016

Des with MUNA participants Zach and Nicole - 20 July 2016