Posted by Alex Marshall
Community Services has been very busy throughout lockdown. At the moment it is involved in projects such as Camcare, 27ForParkinson's, RIMERN and the Bread Run. A description of these activities are described below.
27 For Parkinson's
We are now halfway through October and many thanks to those members who have contributed to this cause. We have now reached a little more than $2000 in our quest to donate $3000. Further involvement and any contribution would be very welcome. Access to the website is straightforward via the highlighted link in the recent Glenferrie Rotarian.
As many of you are aware we have supported Camcare for many years. They have a marvellous kitchen garden on the property and require removal of a small tree, rubbish, an old garden shed and a concrete slab. There are plans to plant a few fruit trees in this area. They've had quotes for $1500 and it seemed reasonable for us to do this job. We would  need 5-6 people for a few hours but a date has not been set, as the transfer station in Riversdale Road remains closed. Please contact me if you would be able to help. Anyone with a chainsaw and an angle grinder would be most welcome.
Many of you will have heard Susie Cole, Prahran Rotary Club speak about RIMERN (Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network) on a Tuesday evening a few weeks ago. This program is now operating from a warehouse in East Brunswick and is providing all manner of household items to people emerging from situations of need, eg prison, homelessness, etc. At its October meeting our board decided to commit financially to RIMERN for the next 3years and we are the 14th Club to sign up. There is no obligation for our members to be involved but there is the opportunity to provide on-site assistance with like-minded Rotarians. In summary our involvement will initially be ad hoc but may evolve over time. Geoff Widmer and David Fallick have offered to represent our club on the committee of management.
Many thanks to all those members who have volunteered for the Bread Run. Your response has been marvellous. Unfortunately we are unable to collect sweet and savoury items for The Salvation Army. Usually 4 - 6 bags of unsliced bread, and one bag of large rolls are required.
Please feel free to contact me with suggestions, comments and any questions.
Best wishes
Alex Marshall
Community Service Director