Rotarians Are People of Action
On Saturday 26th November 2023, one of the walks against domestic and family violence was held at Penrith at the Tench Reserve.
Rotarians were joined by the Police and numerous community groups to reinforce this campaign.
District Governor Christine Owen and AG's Michele Ellery and Paul Rogers were accompanied by Rotarians from Rotary Clubs from the Blue Mountains, Nepean and Hawkesbury areas.
It was an amzing dedication to the fight against violence with the weather cooperating to provide an outstanding day to undertake
this walk. This was one of a series of events taking place during the 16 days of activism against domestic and family violence. 
STOP the violence, END the silence
Join us to "Say NO to domestic and family violence and YES to respectful relationships."

Rotarians across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have joined together to spread awareness, provide assistance, and offer resources to combat family and domestic violence. By working together, we can make a significant difference in reducing this pervasive issue, across our District, from Sydney Harbour to the top end of the Central Coast and west to the Blue Mountains. We share the common goal of supporting individuals who have experienced abuse and violence within their homes.
What you and your club can do!
By participating in this campaign you can help raise awareness and demonstrate your commitment to this cause and our shared values.
Each Rotary Club can determine its own project or fundraising activity. 
To assist your preparation for this District wide campaign, below are several links to acquaint you with various tools to support your initiatives.
Community Walks: Walks will be held in each cluster, linking Rotarians with others in the community standing together against domestic and family violence and for respectful relationships. 
The campaign is centred on the United Nations 16 Days of Activism – from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November to 10th December 2023, Human Rights Day but events may be held at any time.
Link to calendar of walks.
Projects: Clubs are creating their own projects and events to support the campaign. A link to the progressive list of projects with clubs and contacts is attached - here
Education: Rotarians may like to educate themselves on domestic violence.  A Link to a 4 minute animated - video
Raising Awareness:
Communications: All Rotarians need to share the same message. Consistency of wording and graphics are vital.
Use this community letter and media release to engage with your local community to gain support for this important social issue.
The links to the Community letter, Media Release, and T-shirt order form can be found below.
T-Shirt order form (click on the Rotary logo)
For further information contact

This month's theme is Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution Month

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Rotary creates environments of peace

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 

Visit the Rotary International Promoting Peace page and help us make a difference…In the mean time, click on the image below to play the video. 
On Friday, 3rd November, the award of the Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year 2023 was presented at a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. A hugely successful event organised by Joint Chairs Trina Phillips (District 9685), and John Given (District 9675). Over 400 people attended the awards ceremony and entertainment was provided by NSW Police Band. The successful Rotary NSW Police officer of the Year 2023 awardee is Det Insp Hassan El-Khansa.
Any profits from this event were donated to The Rotary Foundation and NSW Police Legacy (equal share).  $900 was also raised for the Rotary “Say No to Domestic Violence”  campaign by the sale of a Rotary Police Awards cake. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Macquarie Park and Rotary Club of Sydney.
Click on the image below to see the work that he has done.
With your help, the Rotary Foundation has been able to do great things and has transformed countless lives!
Click on the video below to see what your generous donation has achieved.
If you are interested in leaving a Bequest to the Foundation, please complete the Codicil - click on this LINK to view the document, or this LINK to download a Word copy

Lindsay May OAM Past District 9685 Governor
District 9685 Governor
Christine Owen


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