Australian Rotary Health is Australia’s largest non-government funding body of mental illness research.
The spirits were high, despite the wind and rain drifts as club members provided egg and bacon muffins for morning break, and sausages and meat patties for lunch at Bob-Janes Tyre and Wheel sales on Sunday.
Gusty wind kept members battening the hatches!
Guest speaker was Jenny Potter from Alzheimer's SA. Jenny had been carer for her husband who had had early onset Alzheimers for 9 to 10 years. Ralph had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers at the age of 55, and was put on medication to slow the progress of the disease. Jenny and Ralph were accepting of the diagnosis and lived positively with dementia, hoping that a cure was imminent. The…y took the opportunity to travel overseas and in Australia, Ralph attended his daughter’s wedding and his son’s graduation and saw him play in an SANFL Grand Final, and two grandchildren were born.
Jenny gave up her work and cared for Ralph as long as she could. This caused financial loss, the loss of friends and personal freedom. The last 18 months of his life were very difficult. They looked for an aged care facility, but it was difficult to locate one. There are a lot of services with age restrictions and those aged under 65 are hard to place.
Jenny and three other people formed Team TLC (Team Tender Loving Carers), to raise funds for carers. They provide retreats for carers to have a break from arduous care. The first retreat was to McCracken for 15 carers. It was an enjoyable and empowering weekend.
Jenny quoted Mother Teresa; “We are not here to do great things; we are here to do small things with great love.”
Cyber Safety Forum
Our Club's concern for the local community was supported this year by sponsoring a forum on Cyber Bullying. Panel members at the CyberSafety Forum on Tuesday night at the Shedley Theatre. were Mick Schooley SAPOL; Peta Kourbelis, Fremont-Elizabeth City High School Principal; Josh Steicke, Headspace; Lisa McAskill, Guest MC and Convener; Kelly Noble, GLAM Digital; Glenn Docherty, Mayor of Playford ; Sonya Ryan, Carly Ryan Foundation, Key Note Speaker; Jordan McKenna, Playford Youth Advisory Committee; Crystal Vas, Salisbury Youth Council For more information about resources from the Cybersafety Forum contact Michelle Carney at email@example.com
Pictured below, Rotarian and Past District Governor John Downing manned an Australian Rotary Health Display showing the role Rotary has in supplying funds for Mental Health Research, Indigenous Medical Health Scholarships, RYWELL Rotary Youth Wellness Program and Suicide First Aid Programs at the CyberSafe Forum.
Fun Lunch – Holiday Monday
On the Queen's Birthday Holiday Rotarians gathered for a social lunch get together at one of the Rotarians homes in Tea Tree Gully.