Welcome to the Rotary Club of Essendon

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We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:45 PM
Windy Hill Function Room
cnr Napier & Brewster Streets
Essendon, VIC 3040
*************************** ONLY 2 MEETINGS per MONTH **************************** 1st Tuesday of the month 6:45 PM & 3rd Tuesday of Month 6:45 PM
Walk the Homeless Scene
A journey with the nurses of Youth Projects
Wednesday the 22nd, a balmy evening, two Essendon Rotary Club members accompanied Nathan, Peter and nurse co-ordinator Teddy from Youth Projects on their regular mission to roam the streets of central Melbourne from 7:30 to 10:30 pm to mingle, fraternise and consult with the homeless. The Rotary Club of Essendon partners & supports Youth Projects.

The major purpose of the evening was to befriend and offer help if needed with food packs, hats, clothing and sunscreen lotion. During conversation they offered the street dweller to attend their newly renovated premises, The Living Room in Hosier Lane where they could shower, relax in the lounge room, use computer facilities or have a meal. They could also see a general practitioner, physiotherapist, dentist, podiatrist and have nursing care of wounds and other ailments dealt with. Unfortunately The Lounge Rome cannot offer accomodation.


 Our first port of call was behind Federation Square where The Big Umbrella, a food relief organisation going on for 13 years, catered for over 60 with an extensive array of delicious meals from food salvaged from stores and cooked in a professional kitchen. They even managed to create a birthday cake for one of the ladies at short notice which was delight for all. Behind the scenes however our nurses were in continuous discussions with particular clients about their wellbeing, mental health and the administration of medicines.



The team then meandered to Flinders Street Station and up Swanston Street to the State Library amid throngs of pedestrians commuting and attending the numerous Asian food establishments at the top end. Along the way we engaged with those squatting on footpaths or in a wheelchair with their meagre belongings. Conversation was established and some accepted our handouts. Heading down Russell Street further encounters were made and goods distributed before before returning to base in Hosier Lane.

The experience was humbling with the prevalence of homeless poverty seen in the streets but also by the compassion and caring nature of the nurses from Youth Projects.

Any help with money or goods donation will go a long way.
Youth Projects is a registered charity https://www.youthprojects.org.au
Project Rainbow - Creating a Place of Healing for Child Survivors of Trauma is an exciting project that will be implemented by funding received from Rotary Club of Balwyn Centenary Grants supported by Rotary Clubs of Essendon and Leeton Central, in partnership with Filipino children’s rights organization, Bahay Tuluyan in a rural community in Batangas, Philippines.    
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