Kiama service club news

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Many Lions participated in doorknock collections for the recent Red Cross and Red Shield appeals. Most people, if they are at home, are happy to donate; if nobody seems to be at home we leave a "sorry we missed you" card and hope that householders will donate following the instructions. In our seemingly cashless economy we encounter some people who genuinely have no money to donate!

As volunteer collectors we appreciate that most people who do not wish to donate are courteous to us as the occasional abrupt rebuff can be quite disconcerting. We observe "Do Not Knock" and other such signs and in no way do we wish to intrude. We love it when people are expecting our visit to their door and happily provide the donation which they have set aside in anticipation. Without service clubs like Lions and Rotary assisting in this form of collection, the charities concerned would raise much less for their important work.

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

We are reminded daily of the fragility of many within our community regarding their mental health. However, increasingly we are heartened by our individual acceptance of mental health being a personal and community responsibility. The Rotary Club of Kiama is no stranger to health initiatives and has a proud history of creation and delivery of effective interventions.

One such program is the Mental Health Intervention Program at Kiama High School where students and teachers are exposed to coping skills for their own mental health as well as techniques that support an awareness of the mental health of their peers. There is evidence that the program is delivering the tools and skills necessary to keep the conversation around mental health up-to-date. Professionals within the school have noticed an increased number of students seeking support, both personally and for their peers, to initiate that all-important supportive connection.

As with any health initiative, there are always funding issues; so we were delighted to learn this week that the IMB Bank Community Foundation has awarded the program a grant to enable its continuation. We thank IMB Bank for its ongoing support. If you would like to be involved in discussions and actions that make such programs possible, contact John Clarke M: 0419 546 094.

Kiama CWA Branch

Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 16, at the CWA hall, 70 Shoalhaven St., Kiama at 1pm for a 1.30pm start. Local home services will be discussed. The CWA hall is available for hire. Please email on kiamacwa.daybranch@gmail.com or phone 4232 4680 for more information. Visitors and members are most welcome to all our meetings. Any new members can now join for half the yearly rate.