April 18 2019


Rotary Clubs of the Northern Beaches banded together on Saturday (6 April) for a working bee at the Aspect Vern Burnett School, for students with Autism, at Forestville. 

Rotarians scraped off large plastic transfers on sheeted glass, filled a sand pit, spread garden chips in a playground, painted the kitchen and water-blasted the pathways.
“Working together to achieve a cleaner safer environment for students and staff was fun and satisfying,” said Warren McGurgan, acting Rotary Assistant Governor.





I am writing to see if you may be able to assist The Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise in raising funds to support the purchase of a new wheelchair for Amruta Bhanushali. Amruta is almost 11 years old and attends the Hills School in Sydney. She was born with a number of chronic medical conditions that makes life more challenging for her but she makes the most of every day and brings smiles to the faces of all the people she meets. Amruta loves listening to pop music and getting out and about in the fresh air. On doctors advice, she urgently requires a better wheelchair to prevent her scoliosis worsening.The chair will cost in the order of $16,000 providing it is purchased before the end of financial year.

We have raised $2,200 towards the chair and have three pledges of $400 each, totalling $3,400, so we are 20% of the way there.

Our Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise is coordinating the fundraising efforts and we are seeking 32 big hearted supporters to each purchase a spoke at $400 each to complete the fundraising drive.

Spokes (Special Persons Of Kindness and Empathy) will be recognised on the fundraising page at

Due to Amruta’s complex medical needs she requires a customised seating system to meet all her needs, keep her comfortable and able to participate in the school environment. Due to the family’s current visa status Amruta is not eligible for funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency. Further details can be provided if your club is interested in supporting Amruta.


Kind regards,

Jeremy Carter


Rotary Norwest Sunrise





Alice is travelling throughout Australia for the year and would like to offer her services to speak at clubs and inspire people on her travels.

She have spoken at over 100 clubs over the last few years as she travels around the world. She am unable to be a member of her local club in Toowoomba due to the nature of her career. However, she loves what Rotary represents and so chose to still be involved by offering to speak. She have also spoken at a number of District Conferences over the years.

Alice is an award winning, self published author of 4 books- The Drover, The Driver and The Grower series. She was ASIA Pacific Entrepreneur of the year 2015 and has been recognised for her contribution to the Australian Agriculture and Transport Industries through a myriad of companies and events.

Often people wish to purchase copies of her books on the day, which they can. For every book purchased, she donates $10 per book sale back to the club to support the various project they are working on. To date she has donated over $10,000 back to Rotary.

Here are a couple of video links from recent news pieces. The first piece is from a presentation she gave to the Prime Minister last year at Parliament House and the second piece was on WIN a few weeks back.


 This is what people have to say about her presentations:

 WOW WOW and WOW. Every member was sitting on the edge of their seat. Alice’s photography and story is incredible, she is so talented and inspirational, so brave and confident.  Many members were heard saying they could have listened to her talk all night. What an interactive and mind blowing presentation. To think one woman could be so tenatious and driven to keep breaking down the barriers on her journey to success. Your story makes me want to reevaluate my path in life.

-       Paul- Rotary Club of Taradale NZ.


Just a quick thank you for last night. Without gushing too much just want to say how impressed I was with your outlook on life. You are one determined young lady and show maturity beyond your years and have managed to 'stay real'. You have taken adversity and turned it around ... we can all learn lessons from you.

-       Kris Stephens

President, Rotary Club of Balmoral

 Katrina Walding, 0405300713


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