Kiama Region Service Club News

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Our Driver Reviver teams were busy over the long weekend and we were grateful to the many Lions Helpers who augmented our numbers and enabled us to stay open longer. We do this as a service, not as a fundraiser, but we still received over $500 in donations.

We are pleased to announce that the Governor General has become the patron of Lions Australia. Australian Lions Hearing Dogs programme have just celebrated the delivery of the 600th dog, which is a great achievement and helped a lot of people.

Our next Dinner meeting will be on 24th Oct at the Kiama Leagues Club. Lions Christmas cakes and puddings will shortly be on sale at various outlets around town. Alternatively, if you would like to place an order, please contact Lion Michael Fox by text or phone 0429 203 963 or even by email foxairmail@ gmail.com

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

It was 1979 when Rotary first made efforts to eradicate Polio on a widespread scale. When Rotary International launched PolioPlus in 1985, more than 125 countries were still polio endemic. Polio paralysed at least a thousand children every day. In 1985 there were over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide, and the prognosis for many sufferers was a term of illness plagued by muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, fatigue, pain or even paralysis.

Since then, Rotary and its partners have been responsible for administering over 10 billion doses of oral polio vaccine to children worldwide. Because of these efforts, annual diagnosed cases of polio have declined by over 99.9 per cent, with just 33 reported cases recorded in 2018 and only three countries remaining polio-endemic - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Getting close to ending Polio has not been a simple task. Eradicating the last 1 per cent of cases has been likened to "choking jelly to death", given the multi-faceted difficulties inherent in the task. Ending polio forever will be an achievement that enables millions of children to fulfil their potential and live lives free from the burden of polio-related disability - a life that all children deserve. On October 24, we will again celebrate World Polio Day in anticipation of the day that we can finally say we have eradicated Polio forever. Visit https://www.endpolio.org/donate if you would like to help eliminate polio.

GERRINGONG ROTARY CLUB

Gerringong Rotary Markets are under new management. Please note the following changes: For stall holder enquiries and site bookings contact Jeff Quine on 0428 277 931. Email: gerringongrotarymarkets@gmail.com. The Christmas Street Parade is in recess till next year but our December Markets will be a Christmas Festival with children's activities where they can chat to Santa and Elf.

Gerringong Rotary's upcoming events include: November 16 - Gerringong Rotary Markets. November 24 - Gerringong and Kiama Rotary Auto Spectacular (Kiama showground). December 21 - Gerringong Rotary Markets and Christmas Festival. January 18, 2020 - Gerringong Rotary Markets. January 26, 2020 - Australia Day Celebrations. February 29, 2020 - Rock 'n' Rotary (Retro Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party, Gerringong Town Hall).