Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 553 Issue Date: 9 Dec, 2019

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Raffle and Rotary Corner

Raffle and Rotary Corner avec Le Terrence de Stewart


In 2000, Rotarian Tom Henderson of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in the County of Cornwall in England devised a project to help survivors of disasters anywhere in the world. His idea was to provide everything necessary for continuing survival all packed in a single transportable container. That same year, Tom's club adopted his idea as its millennium project and called it Shelter Box.


What began as a project of one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that has raised over 54 million British Pound to date. The scheme extends far beyond financial support and around 1,000 Rotarians are involved in ShelterBox as volunteers, staff or response team members. Rotary clubs worldwide offer practical assistance to help ShelterBox reach more families after disaster or conflict.


In 2019 incoming President of the Rotary Club of Geraldton-Greenough, Geoff Wood, devised a project to supply dementia sufferers with headphones, preloaded with personally significant music. Dementia is an incurable terminal illness where victims progressively lose the ability to perform the activities of daily living. How quickly depends on the aggressiveness of the dementia and in what order the segments of their brains die. Research has established that uniquely evocative music activates multiple sectors of the brain together, regenerating lost memories, abilities and behaviours.


In the first few weeks of this project over thirty Rotary Clubs across Australia have already asked to be involved. So we may be on the threshold of another major Rotary project similar to ShelterBox.


Here are a few facts which indicate how significant are the benefits of this scheme to a huge pool of potential beneficiaries.


Dementia is the second leading cause of deaths in Australia.

Dementia is the leading cause of death in the United Kingdom

Dementia is the leading cause of death in Australian women

There are an estimated 450,000 Australians living with dementia

250 Australians are diagnosed with dementia every day

3 in 10 people over 85 and 1 in 10 people over 65 have dementia

People with dementia account for 52% of residents in aged care facilities.  


Dr Ian Taylor won the raffle with the 9 of Hearts! (Yes! Doc Eavesdropping from Shanghai!)

Author: Grant Woodhams

Published: 25 August, 2019


Meeting Rosters
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
11 Dec, 19
18 Dec, 19
Tony Emmott
Robert Houwen
Kerryn Horo
Peter Svensson
Kevin Watson
Hugh Lavery
Steve Muir
Ian Taylor
08 Jan, 20
Jason McCarthy
Bruce Ralph
Scott Bennett
Terry Stewart
Raj Mavath
Robert Houwen
Bill Frazer
Viki Fennell
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