Partnership with Scouts, Guides and Interchange Inner East

A partnership was launched in February 2015 through our Rotary Club of Canterbury sponsoring a moonlight cinema evening for Interchange Inner East in Canterbury. Two hundred people enjoyed a barbecue tea, supplied and cooked by the Rovers. This was followed by the movie, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’, provided by Twilight Cinemas.

Interchange Inner East is a not for profit organisation that provides quality respite services to families who have a young person with a disability living with them.

Respite means ‘having a break’. Interchange Inner East provides assistance in your home or through supported activities in the community, to ease the ‘caring’ burden for parents and families of a child or young adult living with a disability.

Carers encouraged the kids to dance enthusiastically to video music before the movie. The Rovers supplied everyone with free ice-creams. Rotarians served the dinner, marshaled the traffic, and helped to set up and pack up. The movie was a hit and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

Rotarian, Brett Riley, with Rover Scouts from the John Gardiner Crew
Rotarian, Brett Riley, with Rover Scouts from the John Gardiner Crew
Gerry Cross showing the scale of the massive cinema screen
Gerry Cross showing the scale of the massive cinema screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

A meeting with the Girl Guides set the foundations for a productive partnership between the Guides, the Scouts and our Rotary club. We plan to work together to raise awareness of our organisations in the local community and to work cooperatively on service projects. Initially we are working together to support Interchange Inner East. This organisation is located in Canterbury, to offer top quality, affordable specialist children’s and adolescent respite/recreation support to local families. Our club was able to sponsor the first event in 2015 with income from the donation we received from the Maling Road Business Association, as a result of the assistance our club members provide each December to the Maling Road KristKindl Festival.

When Rotary partners with other organisations, we can achieve so much more than we can on our own. It is also very rewarding to meet like minded people and share stories while we are running activities that are so much appreciated by the recipients.

People can join Rovers when they are between 17 and 25 years old. Usually they are looking to get involved in the outdoors, making friends for life, as well as service to the community and Scouting. Typically Rovers enjoy helping others, having a great time and taking on new challenges.

The fantastic volunteers who made the event possible
The fantastic volunteers who made the event possible

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In February 2016 a second very successful Interchange Inner East Twilight Cinema was held. The evening was a beautiful calm and warm one, the sausage sizzle and ice creams, pre-film entertainment included face painting and game activities. The Disney film ‘Inside Out’ was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees. It was great to have some of the Glenallen school people and their families come along to enjoy the event.

The next Twilight Cinema event will be on 17th February, 2017 with more details on this link.

We are a hands-on Rotary Club. Our members like to be involved with our service projects. If you ever needed a justification for becoming a Rotarian, all you needed was in the delight on the faces of those kids who attend these events with their families.