At the Association of Service Organisations Premier’s Awards, many Service Clubs and Rotary Clubs in our District were recognised at a ceremony and awards presentation on 25th October. See who won the Awards ............
 
TEAM AWARD, for a co-operative project between two or more Service Clubs 
  • Rotary Club Of Prospect I-KAN (RIGHT-ON-WALLS) ~ Winner $800
I-KAN (RIGHT-ON-WALLS) was funded by Prospect Council and was a collaborative effort of four service clubs (Rotary Club of Prospect, Kiwanis Club of Prospect, Lions Clubs of Prospect & Blair Athol, and Soroptimists Torrens) who prepared and painted two plain brick walls.  5 emerging artists were mentored and brought to life the prepared walls with murals representing the users of the buildings. 
 
  • Rotary Club Of Henley Beach KICKSTART FOR KIDS ~ Equal 2nd $200
The Rotary Club of Henley Beach worked with other groups on the KICKSTART FOR KIDS project, which entailed funding, making and distributing cheese & Vegemite sandwiches to registered Primary Schools to help feed students who do not usually get breakfast before school.  The other groups included local Probus Clubs, West Lakes Bendigo Bank Staff, grange Bowling Club members and other local volunteers.  Western Hospital provided the use of its kitchen facilities. 
 
HEALTH AWARD
  • The Rotary Club Of Prospect  PIT STOP – HEALTH CHECKS FOR MEN ~ Winner $800
PIT STOP – It is known that Australian men seldom visit their GP until it is possibly too late.  The purpose of this event was to make men more aware of their health and to show them it is largely within their means to keep on top of health problems.  But this simply won’t happen unless we first help shift their attitudes and approaches on the way by educating men about their health behaviours.  A display of Vintage and Classic Cars and Bikes at St Helens Park, Prospect created the attraction for visitors.  The “Pit Stop Area” was a large marquee that became a focus for people to participate in the Health Check Stations.  TV personality, Graeme Goodings was MC for the Event and 116 registrations were received.  Of these 43% passed and 57% failed, with eight people given referrals to their doctors for further checks.  Rotary received a massive coverage on TV and in the local papers.
 
THE FOLLOWING  ROTARYCLUBS, ALTHOUGH NOT WINNERS, WERE RECOGNISED AND CONGRATULATED FOR THEIR WORK IN OUR COMMUNITIES:
 
 
YOUTH AWARD, for a project to assist youth or children.
  • Rotary Club Of Regency Park ~ A collective of projects that supported youth. 
This small club is big on Serviceand has many project which assist youth and children
 
 
EVENT AWARD, for an event which provides funds to assist the community. 
  • The Rotary Club Of Regency Park COROLLA CAPERS “Up The Darling”.  Members of the Regency Park Rotary Club have been trekking off into the Australian Desert for many years, this year travelling from Adelaide up to the Darling River via Renmark, along many towns and eventually through Goodwood Station and Broken Hill and back to Adelaide. Nine days of severe off roading in Toyota Corolla cars pre-dating 1978. Members for other clubs join them putting the fun into fundraising with a difference.
 
  • Rotary Club Of Prospect ANZAC DAY – Community Service Event
Under cover of a large marquee, sandwiches, tea and coffee are served to the marchers and onlookers as they sit and rest. All members of the club and many helpers make this day a great community service day.
 
  • The Rotary Club Of Barossa Valley (co-hosted with Soroptimist of Barossa Valley) ~ The Australian Girls’ Choir visit to the Barossa Valley.  Help with transport and billets.
 
  • ALLAN SLOAN YOUNG CITIZEN COMMUNITY SERVICE PRIZE
Arman Abrahimzadeh, nominated by Soroptimist International of Adelaide.  In 2013, after the criminal trial and sentencing, Arman was nominated to become a White Ribbon Ambassador and spoke at the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast.  Since then he has been passionately advocating for better policies, procedures and legislation to protect women and their children.
 
ACSO Committee Member Bev Gum provided the following background details:
In 2009, after years of living in domestic violence, Arman’s mother and sisters left this violent relationship and began to rebuild their lives.  In March 2010, Arman’s mother Zahra was murdered by his abusive father at the Adelaide Convention Centre in front of hundreds of people.  This left Arman to become a parent to his sisters and to continue their mother’s many battles including the Family Court matter. 
 
In 2013, after the criminal trial and sentencing, Arman was nominated to become a White Ribbon Ambassador and spoke at the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast.  Since then he has been passionately advocating for better policies, procedures and legislation to protect women and their children.   
 
In March 2015 Arman was part of a panel on the SBS national program Insight “Inside Violent Families”, has described domestic violence as a disease that has infected our communities.  He believes, just like an illness, domestic violence can be prevented and has shifted this responsibility not only to men (as the majority of perpetrators) but to the whole community, including the corporate sector.   Arman, his sisters and other stakeholders within the domestic violence sector, have established The Zahra Foundation Australia, to honour the memory of their mother.  This not-for-profit organisation, with community and corporate support, assists women in crisis, and empowers them with an educational and financial literacy skills program. 
 
As a young man, Arman Abrahimzadeh has demonstrated outstanding, ongoing leadership and commitment to resolving domestic violence, through tackling it at the crisis end and through advocating the primary prevention campaign through this White Ribbon Ambassadorship.  All of his work is voluntary. 
 
Arman also enjoys giving back to the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Charles Sturt Grange.
 
 
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