Playground Project at Verdant Reserve, Wynn Vale.
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds
Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds
Our guest speaker tonight was Erfanullah Abidi from Rotary Club of Adelaide, he shared a very moving story of his and his family escape from Afghanistan.
Erfanulla was an interpreter in Support of Australia and NATO missions in Afghanistan. He is an experienced Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working with Afghanistan government and different local and International NGOs. He is skilled in Corporate Security, Security Operations, Legal Translation, Project Control, and Investigation. A strong military and protective service professional with a Bachelor’s in Law & Political Science.
Erfanulla Abidi is one of the lucky ones. He and his family were able to escape Afghanistan as it fell to the Taliban in August 2021.
Erfan recounted his harrowing and life-altering experience of escaping from the Taliban controlled Afghanistan.
Sharing us the story of how he was able to pass through different challenges and dangerous stages by taking serious risks to himself and his family in order to reach safety for his family.
Our club was very touched to listen to Erfan’s personal perspective on such a major world event. It was an emotional story to hear and it will stay forever in our hearts. We hope Erfan and his family find a new home in Adelaide.
Our Club would like to THANK EVERYONE who attended our 1st Christmas Fundraiser Dinner. It was a fantastic night filled with cheer and generosity!
We are thrilled to announce that the proceeds from the raffle tickets, auction sales, and donations we raised $4,665! An amazing result that exceeded our best expectations and we look forward to the good our club can do with it.
We love to give Thanks to all our special guests and our Guest Speaker, Damian Leach a Rotary Youth Coordinator.
The 14 silent auction items and 30 raffle prizes, we raised over $4,500 for our youth programs and awards.
A Special Thank You to our generous donors and of course the great group of 53 attendees who came willing to support a great cause.
Our auction and raffle donors are:
Charity Auctions Australia
The Purple Penny
Glenelg Art Gallery
Hon Michelle Lensink MLC & Hon David Speirs MP
Rhiannon Pearce MP
Olivia Savvas MP
Drakes Foodland Golden Grove
Bunnings Warehouse Australia
Garden Grove Supplies
Tony & Mark’s Golden Grove
Hon Blair Boyer MP
Cr Kristianne Foreman – Hillcott Ward, City of Tea Tree Gully
Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC
OPSM- North Adelaide
plus several private donors.
🎉Elijah H. from King’s Baptist Grammar School is our overall Winner for 2022!
Elijah has been an outstanding prefect at King’s Baptist throughout 2022, demonstrating a servant heart in all of his interactions, as said by a head of the senior school who nominated him for this award.
He has been a regular constant in terms of service throughout his time at King’s, however, here are some areas he has served in 2022.
Elijah’s selection as a prefect was grounded on his many years of service at King’s – his servant work in 2022 is not a one off, this approach to life is at his core. He has completed the many tasks of being a prefect in a thorough and reliable manner and set a wonderful example to those who will follow.
Escape is a boys mentoring group Elijah helps lead. Between 15 and 20 Year 7 boys attend each Thursday at lunchtime. There are formal and informal elements to this program but the purpose of the group is to provide our middle school students with some senior mentor for them to feel connected to and to help them navigate the challenges of that age.
Elijah helped coordinate the school’s contribution to the Ping-pong-athon event which raises money and awareness for those suffering from human slavery and trafficking. As part of this event Elijah played a key role in establishing the online registration process for participants and also helped coordinate the major BBQ fundraiser for this event
Elijah volunteers at Clovercrest Baptist Church as a youth leader.
Elijah is a regular volunteer at Quench Café
Elijah is an active member of the Church worship team as a drummer. This involves not only weekly ‘performances’ at official services during the week, there are also planning sessions with the wider worship team that Elijah commits to each week. This is a great way to volunteer within his Church community and connect with a wide range of people.
Pathways Community Centre
Elijah volunteers at Pathways Community Centre which is a not for profit centre that supports the local community in a number of ways and is financed through the ‘Op’ shop it has on its premises. In addition to the shop front, other work includes providing food for those in need which is delivered to members of the community, in partnership with local businesses, schools and churches.
🌟The award running ups are Daniel M. from The Heights School and Grace G. from Golden Grove High-school.