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Alexandra

Service Above Self

First, third and fifth Wednesday 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Alexandra Golf Club
Apologies/Guests Chris 0409402557 57722496 prospect.house@bigpond.com BY TUESDAY 12:00 NOON
Gordon st PO Box 76
ALEXANDRA, VIC  3714
Australia
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All hands on deck to help make the Mother’s day walk a great success
A beautiful sunny autumn day with a cool breeze made walking a pleasure as 100’s turned out to be part of the Mother’s Day Walk to raise funds for breast cancer research.  Every age group was represented as each walked to the level of their ability soaking up the warmth of the sun and being very glad of the protection from the cold southerly in the shady spots. It was the perfect finish in Rotary Park where the walkers and support people were greeted by a very tasty lunch of hot BBQ, fresh fruit and lots of water. A brilliant day put for the family and we trust a good sum of money was raised to assist this vital research.   Special thanks to the organisers especially Kazza Stillman and the invitation to be part of this fun day out. 
A journey of 52000km begins with "an alarm clock ringing”?

Jeremy Scott said that the hardest day of his life was the day his alarm clock woke him in central London England to the first day of a 2.5 year journey to Auckland New Zealand by bicycle!  Jeremy as guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Alexandra’s meeting last week explained after six years of planning the day had come to actually get on his bicycle, for the first time fitted out with panniers, to ride home.  The panniers had to carry everything he needed food, water, tent, clothes, camera etc.  He was by himself, unsupported and it was up to him and him alone if he was to succeed. This was not the first time that he had taken on a challenge that would be life changing. Born with a congenital heart defect at the age of four he underwent cutting edge open heart surgery.  Now at 45 years of age he looks back to the days when he underwent the surgery with a sense of relief and wonder that it was possible at all and to appreciate the utter dedication and professionalism of his surgeon Sir Brian Barrett-Boyes and his team. Just over half way through his trip home he found out just how cutting edge his operation was.  He spoke to a fellow NewZealander in Vietnam who told him of his son who had the same heart condition as Jeremy and who had had the same surgeon. Jeremy’s response was “when can I meet him?”  The answer was he could not as the operation was not a success.  It turns out that this operation was 2 years before Jeremy’s and Sir Brian’s team had learnt so much that by the time Jeremy needed the operation they had the tools and processes developed by the heart research to ensure Jeremy could live a “normal” life.  If you call cycling in 20 degree below and 45 degree above freezing temperatures, though 29 countries including Iran and the mysterious countries east of the Black Sea, camping with drug dealers and meeting so many people whose only desire was to help him on his way, normal.  Thank heavens he took his trusty Nicon SLR camera with him, bulky and heavy but what images it captured. The 25 minutes of Jeremy’s address rushed by as the Rotarians and their guests tried to take in the images he showed on the screen and to wonder at his ability to do such a task.  As Jeremy's nephew  (aged 5 years)  said “My uncle is riding around the world because he has a broken heart”.   Now the second hardest day of his life was rushing at him.  After travelling 52000km or 1.5 times the circumference of the earth he was actually at Auckland, home and he had made it.  
 
No more peddling!  Well not quite, he has just embarked on a speaking tour around South East Australia and is planning a cycling trip around Australia in a year or so.  Both challenges are to spread the word about heart research and to raise funds for heart research groups in the areas of his travel.
Rotarian Ron Sinclair, chairman for the evening, expressed the thanks of all present for the outstanding quality of his presentation and then handed over to president elect Melinda Jackson. Melinda also thanked Jeremy and presented him with a cheque for $500 from the Rotary Club of Alexandra for Heart Research.   Jeremy was overwhelmed and he said that it was just the thing to keep him going.  Jeremy also has captured his story in a book, the sale of which also raises funds for heart research, needless to say he sold a good number of books as well, a very successful night in all aspects.  The big winner for the evening was the generosity of the human spirit across the globe and our ability to both deal with adversity while helping each other live healthier and rewarding lives.  Jeremy said it was just what Rotarians do every day around the world.

Wednesday April 25

Alexandra  

  • 6.00am dawn service at Leckie Park Memorial.
  • 10.45am assemble at the RSL Hall for march to Leckie Park Memorial for 11.00am service.
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Rotary Alexandra members are manning the BBQ at Rotary Park. Come join us on May 13th
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The Mother’s Day Classic is a nation-wide community based event that raises funds for breast cancer research. No matter how large or small the venue, we all come together on Mother’s Day to remember, celebrate and honour those touched by breast cancer.
The Alexandra Yea & Districts event is in its first year & offers participants a 24km walk from Yarck – Alexandra, 16.5km walk from Cathkin – Alexandra & 5km walk Koriella – Alexandra!
Can’t join us on the day, don’t worry, while you may not be able to join us in body, you can still join us in spirit by registering as a ‘Support us in Spirit’ participant! Log on for details and to  register
One and half times around the world on a bicycle.
 
Jeremy Scott, who is guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Alexandra next Wednesday May 2nd, cycled from England to New Zealand a distance of nearly 52000 kilometres a distance equivalent to just on one and a half times around the world.  So what?  Jeremy, at the age of four needed major heart surgery with all the following consequences gave him a rollercoaster ride as he struggled to live a “normal” life.  The major outcomes form this experience are a deep appreciation of how precious life is and the wonder of the goodness that surrounds each one of us.  On the 5th October 2011 he set of from London, England and successfully cycled unassisted to New Zealand.  Jeremy is an Australian Heart Foundation “Heart Hero” and an ambassador for the Waterline Challenge.  The Waterline Challenge is to circumnavigate Australia's entire coastline, including rivers, lakes, and islands during the week of the 12th to 18th November 2018. It is a fund raising program designed to assist people facing a health challenge to overcome the adversity and build sustainable futures.  80% of the funds raised goes to the team’s nominated charity and 20% to be distributed amongst Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Flying Doctor Service and a host of national initiatives for water quality and environmental projects. 
 
Jeremy is an outstanding speaker and has a wealth of experiences to share.  If you would like to hear Jeremy speak at the Rotary Club of Alexandra’s meeting on Wednesday the 2nd May  please contact Chris Jackson on 0409402557 or 57722496 or Email “prospect.house@bigpond.com.au” by noon TUESDAY 1st May.   The cost of dinner and the speaker is $20.
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