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Volunteers are like Angels on Earth

Posted by Amritpal Singh on 14 March 2019
Volunteers are like Angels on Earth

Twenty (20) of us gathered on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Southbank to hear Warren Sparrow talk about Angel Flight and how they assist in transporting rural Australians to medical appointments in major cities. Warren Sparrow (Earth Angel) retired from Air Traffic Control in 2010 and has been volunteering with Angel Flight for 10 years. He has completed over 300 missions and also volunteers as driver for a local Doncaster community health group. He shared some stories where patients he helped in transportation were grateful and blessed to have people like him and it goes a long way in being a giver than a getter

     

Angel Flight is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distance. All flights are free and may involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia. Angel Flight pilots do not carry aeromedical staff or medical equipment so do not act as an alternative to the Royal Flying Doctor Service or Air Ambulance in that capacity. With its current resources Angel Flight can coordinate up to twenty flights per day and complementary ground transport from and to airports. It was launched as an Australian charity in April 2003, is the initiative of Bill Bristow AM a successful businessman, experienced pilot and very proud winner of the Australian of the Year Award Queensland 2005.


 
 
Lucy Gondwe from Entertainment Book came along to talk about collaborating to fundraise like how the other Rotary Clubs' (Rotary Club of Eltham, Rotary Club of Keilor, Rotary Club of Bentleigh/Moorabbin Central, Rotary Club of Lilydale and others throughout Victoria and Australia) are doing at present. She explained to us that the one Entertainment Book Fundraiser is both and rewarding:
 

  1. No upfront cost - Memberships are provided on consignment, so you pay as you go. The Melbourne Edition sells for $70, and you keep $14 per sale.
  2. Easy to sell - The Entertainment Books practically sell themselves, as the average household saves $1,000 a year with their Entertainment Membership! It's the product people purchase year after year.
  3. Marketing materials and support - All materials are provided free of charge. 

Entertainment Book invites us to join them to celebrate the launch of the NEW 2019-2020 Entertainment Memberships where we will get the first chance to see what's new this year, mingle with fellow fundraisers, and win prizes - be sure to RSVP by clicking on the image below. 

We also celebrated the formal nomination of Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) Dale & Maureen Hoy from Rotary Club of Brighton as District Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary calendar year - fifteen (15) days after the nomination was announced on Monday, 25th February 2019. Not forgetting, we also welcomed Rotarian Victor Augusteo from Rotary Club of Cupertino, California, USA (District 5170) who is here on a short visit and he works for Apple, USA! You can check out Victor's website for more information and perhaps you can try to Apple perks from him.

     

We like to acknowledge the visiting Rotarians & Guests that came:

  • Guest Speaker
    • Warren Sparrow (Angel Flight)
       
  • Entertainment Book
    • Lucy Gondwe
       
  • Rotary Club of Brighton
    • Assistant Governor (Batman Cluster) / District Governor Nominee-Designate Dale Hoy
    • Maureen Hoy
       
  • Rotary Club of Gisborne / RAGMSA
    • Past President Martin Taurins
       
  • Rotary Club of Cupertino, California, USA (District 5170) / Apple USA
    • Rotarian Victor Augusteo
       
  • Guests
    • Jaqui Clark (Allianz)
    • Dr. Ashwinna Asair (Past President of Melbourne University Rotaract Club, Melbourne)
    • Dr. Jieyun (Jay) Zhou

Remember to keep the following dates free and to RSVP on our website:

 

Author: Amritpal Singh
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