Leader" is a monthly publication of over 40,000 which is free. This is our final publication, a "double-bunger" as we combined the penultimate and final advert into one. Each month we had a boxed "call to action" advert and an image relevant to the story.
Mighty Max (MM) is the multi-function purpose-built trailer the Club owns after successfully applying for a NSW State Government Community Building Partnerships grant. Mighty Max has been built, fitted out and equipped with tools, marquees, generator, painting equipment and a BBQ and can be reconfigured for many community service projects.
One of MMs jobs is to remove graffiti tags in the Mayfield area, a project in collaboration with the Mayfield Business Association to achieve the Rotary Club’s ambition to “Make Mayfield More Beautiful”. Tags are like selfies with paint and don’t inspire a sense of community ownership like a piece of seriously good street art can. It would be marvellous to have more quality street art in Mayfield and other neighbouring suburbs.
On Sunday October 18th Mighty Max will be very busy with the annual Rotary Down Under Graffiti Removal Day 2015. Anyone can volunteer on the website www.graffitiremovalday.org.au to help with that day.
Enterprisers have been serving the community since 1948. In that time they have always had a strong focus on projects which help young people to learn, to grow healthy physically and mentally and to make wide social connections locally and internationally. It is easy to tell young people that anything is possible, but a hand up is often necessary to make possibilities into realities. The weekend Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in the company of other young people learning public speaking and talking with community leaders can boost the confidence of somebody 14-15 years of age who is struggling at school. Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a day for students in Year 10 and introduces them to experiences and knowledge which can help them make better choices when they get a drivers licence. A simple action which can save injuries and lives.
Simple actions can have powerful outcomes. A simple action like giving the Mayfield Scouts a hand by serving on a fund-raising BBQ can help raise just a few more dollars to get scouts to a Jamboree – a significant experience for any Scout. Giving the Kooragang Volunteers who work consistently most days of the week to plant and protect our important natural heritage places right here in the estuary of the Hunter River a hand running a BBQ at the Welcome Shorebirds event in November at Stockton Bridge is a simple action which provides lunch for visitors – many of them from overseas because Newcastle is a Hot Spot for migratory shorebirds.
For years the Club has presented the World Festival of Magic show each year. Local businesses are contacted and buy tickets to a world class magic show. The tickets are then donated to disadvantaged people who could not usually afford to see a top class stage show. That simple gesture of generosity by businesses, with the help of the Rotarians, gives many people in Newcastle and Maitland enormous pleasure. We know because they tell us.
The Rotary Club of Newcastle Enterprise welcomes anyone who wants to know how they can be part of taking simple actions with powerful outcomes.