Every year Community services run four Christmas related projects between months of October and December. The following is a report on each for 2012:
Christmas Puddings and Cards
This year Kalma McLellan took on the responsibilities of arranging the Christmas puddings and cards for the members of the club. In the process $200 was raised for the club. Thank you Kalma - job well done!
Pre Christmas Gift Wrapping
The preparation for this fund raiser is going well. After being involved in gift wrapping for the past six years I feel confident that it will be even better than previous years.
Top Ryde City Shopping Centre is providing us gift wrapping supplies (paper, pair of scissors and tapes). In total we have 93 people wrapping gifts. Forty-six students from the Interact Club of James Ruse Agricultural High School are keen on the project. The other 47 volunteers are Rotarians and their partners from Rotary Clubs of Ryde and Eastwood, friends of Rotary, Ryde Inner Wheel ladies and Ryde City Youth Group.
In total there are 31 shifts, all are covered well except for three shifts that need two more volunteers each. Once the project starts, the interest builds up and those shifts get filled with helpers. On Wednesday evening I visited the Rotary Club of Eastwood and I had eight members put their name down to help.
Last year we had only two Rotarians who utilised our wrapping services— we hope more Rotarians will take advantage of our expertise in gift wrapping for a gold coin donation per gift. We will be located on LG1 of Top Ryde City Shopping Centre outside Specsavers. This is the same level as Big W. Start date is Saturday 15 December and we finish on Christmas Eve.
If you are interested to join the gift wrappers, please send an e-mail to me: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me on 0417 699 955.
Tree of Joy
The community and especially the employees of City of Ryde love the Rotary Tree of Joy. I often hear from the public that they are how happy to have the chance to buy a gift or two for a needy person. It is a wonderful idea to expand this project to the corporate world in Ryde district.
On Sunday 3 December our club was offered the opportunity to run the BBQ for the City of Ryde Community Christmas Day. We raised $1,762.00 for our club.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Nora Etmekdjian, Community Services Chair