A Rotary District 9810 initiative, MASH took on the leadership of this project in 2012 and with the Rotary Club of Doncaster and Whitehorse & Monash Rotaract, we plant seeds in December/January and then travel to Beaufort in late August early September to plant the seedlings. Students from the Interact Clubs at Koonung Secondary College and Ashwood Secondary College have also assisted with the planting. Beaufort Rotary coordinate with Landcare and find us a suitable farm location where we plant up to 2500 seedlings and place guards around the trees to protect them from rabbits and the wind. Click here for our tree planting video.
Beaufort Rotary’s interaction with MASH – the relationship with Beaufort is not all one way as Beaufort members have also travelled to Melbourne and been hosted by our members to assist with fundraising efforts in the local community. This includes helping out at our annual Antiques, Retro and Collectables Fair. Students of Beaufort Secondary College have been sponsored by our club at Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) and we expect this to occur again this year.
This year we continue to support rural initiatives in the areas of Defying the Drift, Tree planting, MUNA and the Beaufort show and look forward to assisting our country Rotarians in Beaufort with these projects.
Over the years the involvement in these worthwhile projects has produced a strong bond with the Rotary Club of Beaufort and our club looks forward to continuing our friendship.
The Beaufort Show – Members of our club travel annually in November to assist Beaufort Rotary Club with parking of horse floats, judging competitions, coordinating the shearing competitions and admission duties. Beaufort Rotary host our members and also an evening meal on the Saturday night where we can get to know one another and enjoy Rotary fellowship.
Defying the Drift – This program commenced in 2010 and is available to Victorian secondary students (years 9-11) considering a career in agriculture and related industries. It is an initiative of Rotary District 9780 which includes around 60 Rotary Clubs located throughout Western Victoria and into South Australia, and is run in partnership with Marcus Oldham College at Waurn Ponds, with the objective of promoting careers in rural related industries and halting the drift of young people into the city and commercial type roles.
Careers include everything from hands-on farming to high-end research and many options in between, and there are also great opportunities in the many professions, trades and vocations needed in every rural community.
The Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills has been involved, via our rural association with Beaufort Rotary Club, in assisting students to fund their course.