Pride of Workmanship Awards
Each year the Rotary Club of Hornsby District recognises employees who have been nominated by local employers as worthy recipients for their exceptional work and contribution to the local community.
Daffodil Day - Cancer Council Support
Australia has one of the highest incidences of cancer. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates 150,000 new cases and 48,000 deaths due to Cancer. Cancer accounts for around three in every ten deaths in Australia.
Daffodil Day is a special initiative started by the Cancer Council of NSW. The Rotary Club of Hornsby District has been an active campaigner for Daffodil Day for the last 15 years. The Club supports the Daffodil Day campaign by selling merchandising and daffodils and raising close to $7,000 to $80,000 dollars each year.
In addition, the club also supports and donates various kinds of cancer initiatives and foundations. The Bowel Scan project supports the sale of Bowel Care kits that are given to eight located pharmacies, every year. The Club procures these kits and nominates pharmacies to sell them. At the end of the project, the money collected from the sale is donated to cancer initiatives and foundations.
Bushfire and Drought Relief
The 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire, also known as “Black Summer”, was unprecedented in the destruction it caused. It followed three consecutive years of droughts faced by Australians that devastated home and lives. In the three years to January 2020, some 36% of Australia and 96% of New South Wales had serious or severe rainfall deficiencies. The prolonged droughts of the last few years have meant risks of climate variability, farm productivity and increase in commodity prices. This has affected thousands of people, pushing many into penury and a life of little means.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District raised funds through innovative ways to help communities affected by the bushfires and the drought. The club supported Rotary clubs working in the affected areas to distribute resources and money.
Last year, club members were successful in raising more than $3,500 dollars for drought relief and supported the Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond Inc with donations around $4,000.
Creative Ageing is an approach that looks at inculcating art, music, humour, companionship and togetherness with good health. The Rotary Club of Hornsby District endeavours to work with elders to address issues of stress, loneliness, loss of self-esteem and boast a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
An annual event, the Aged Luncheon, fosters fellowship and encourages creative ageing. The event which has been held over the last 35 years. Magpies Waitara are our curennt generous host. The Club organises a lunch for residents of over six retirement and nursing homes. Guests are provided transport to and from Magpies.
The Aged Luncheon is essentially a place for elders to meet, shake a leg and sing along. The event is supported by the “The Voice from the Waters” and "The Lavanda Players". The day encourages guests to sing along.