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Rhodo Festival Art Show - Blackheath Community Hall- Friday 25th October




On my last four rides raising funds for two great charities MND & Huntington’s I have ridden solo however this year I am both pleased and very proud to have my 11 year old grandson Tom Malcolm riding with me.

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Bob & Tom commence their ride to Melbourne at the Huntington's Annual Walk 4 Hope at Parramatta Park

Computers and Solar Energy Systems for Schools in Vanuatu

Our Club is involved in an educational project in Vanuatu.
In conjunction with TAFE we have developed a low voltage computer system which we are able to install in very remote schools who do not have power. A small Company in Riverstone have developed a plug and play solar system which has been a godsend to help us. They manufacture the systems for us at cost.
So far, we have installed systems in nine schools in Vanuatu. Travel has been once per year to different schools. The Federal Department of Education have funded students from TAFE to travel to Vanuatu to help with the installation and training of teachers and students. Unfortunately, this help finished this year and we will be looking at other methods to raise funds to cover students travel.
All computer systems are loaded with Microsoft Windows 10, Office 2010 and educational freeware. While in Vanuatu each installation is followed up to ensure they are working as well as the day they were installed.
We are always looking for funding which can be made by means of donations to a registered RAWCS project which gives tax deductibility (go to www.rawcs.org.au Project 31 2011/2012)
Vanuatu Project


MYST (Mountains Youth Services Team)- Music Mentoring

MYST is a long established Blue Mountains based Not For Profit, providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people (12-20 years). Our Rotary Club is supporting MYST to develop the musical talents of young people, by providing funding for musical equipment and recording apparatus.
‘FunKtion@theJunction’ is a mentoring project for young bands/musicians aged 16-21 in the Blue Mountains. They will be guided through the process of developing an original song, creating a demo, recording a single and performing at an event at Junction 142 where the single will be launched. They will also be introduced to marketing strategies on social media and the organisational aspects of planning/hosting an event. This project will be a prototype for a mentorship scheme supporting young people in and outside local school contexts. Bringing together experienced professionals in the community with aspiring artists - developing and investing into upcoming talent. Connects young people to community institutions, i.e. MYST, Junction 142, Rotary.
The selected novice band (NB) will be consulted by the established outlet ‘Hibiscus Biscuit’. They will share their experience to help NB in writing, rehearsing and making a demo of a song. After analysis of the demo Stu Cam (Future State Studios - Leura) will help NB to finalise their song’s arrangement. He will schedule a rehearsal plan to get them recording-ready and record the single. The NB will be trained by KFM-Media in all aspects of event organisation and execution, i.e. sound and lighting specs, required personnel and scheduling.


Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Art Show.


Each year Upper Blue Mountains Rotary provide finger food and drinks for the opening of the Art Show. We also sponsor one of the major prizes. This Art Show attracts a wide cross-section of entries and is recognised as one of the premier art events in the Mountains.

Friday 25 October – Official opening tickets – $25 per person
Join us at 7pm on Friday 25 October for the official opening of the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival and Art Show. The 2018 Rhododendron Princess will make her final appearance and the 2019 ‘Princess or Prince in waiting’ will make her/his first!
Enjoy finger food and beverages served by the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise and laid-back acoustic jazz played throughout the evening by The Steve Jewel Trio.
Don’t forget to grab a ticket (or more!) for the Festival raffle and view a multitude of artworks, which may be purchased at any time during the Art Show.
Can’t make it to opening night? The Art Show is open every day from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 3rd November – entry is $2.
More about the Art Show and Rhododendron Festival here.
Art Show