Griffith Gold Coast Programs
Teddies for Timor
 
Kids in Timor Leste will have teddies galore at their Christmas party this year.
 
Rhonda Whitton, Rotary Club of Griffith Gold Coast, has been knitting her fingers off to produce 112 knitted teddy bears, The bears have now been despatched in a container to Timor Leste via Donations in Kind (Melbourne), along with a box of pens, pencils, writing books, etc.
 
The Rotary Club of Dili organises a Christmas Party for around 500 local kids each year and the Club can find it difficult to source appropriate gifts for so many kids.
 
On a trip to Dili as part of a SewAid project last November, Rhonda met with the Rotarians and heard about their annual party. Since then she’s been knitting madly to get as many finished as possible to send so that they are received in time for the party.
ROTEM Machine
 
Following on from their successful ROTEM (a machine to measure blood properties) project, Griffith Gold Coast Rotary has jumped on board their next project to raise funds for the purchase of a Paxman Scalp Cooling System for the Gold Coast University Hospital.
 
The Paxman system allow cancer sufferers undergoing chemotherapy to use a ‘cool cap’ to prevent hair loss and reduce associated treatment burden. For women, this is especially important as it allows them to not have the indignity of going bald.
 
The need for this machine was brought home to the Club after one of their members recently underwent chemotherapy and used the system…and didn’t lose her hair. Liz Fitzmaurice describes not losing her hair as a significant factor in maintaining a semblance of “normal” while undergoing treatment for cancer, sharing her gratitude that “the mirror never shouted the cancer diagnosis at the start and end of each day”.
 
Club members have joined in the Dry July Foundation and his encouraging Rotarians to donate to this most worthy project through Dry July. Any donation is appreciated and 100% of funds raised goes to the project.