As the Member for South Perth and also a member of the Royal Perth Golf Club, I am very proud that the club has supported SIDS and Kids Western Australia with $25,000 in funding for a new Community Room and teleconference equipment in the SIDS Kensington facility.
The RPGC holds an annual charity golf day at which it raises funds to assist local community groups. This is yet another example of those funds being put to a very worthwhile cause.
In Western Australia, every year 270 babies are stillborn, 63 babies die before reaching one month of age and 14 babies die before seeing their first birthday. The staff at SIDS and Kids work tirelessly with the aim of saving the lives of babies and children throughout pregnancy and after birth and to support those families who are grieving over the loss of a child.
The new Room will offer the community free access to a loss library, healthy pregnancy and baby library, a children’s corner and training room facilities.
The new teleconference equipment will enable SIDS and Kids to have the capacity to provide education and support to rural and remote communities and hospitals in Western Australia. This will significantly impact their program to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death in Aboriginal communities, where they previously only had capacity to visit remote communities every 1 to 2 years.
I congratulate the Royal Perth Golf Club and SIDS and Kids for working together to make the new Community Room possible.
As inaugural Patron of the Manning Men’s Shed I was pleased to attend and speak at the official opening this week. I have been fortunate to be involved early on in the project that started three years ago as an idea by Hilary Peters, then secretary of the Manning Senior Citizens Centre.
I am proud to be Patron of a place for men in in my electorate to come together and spend their time post-retirement in a social and productive environment. The Shed will be a place where men can work on meaningful DIY projects, form friendships and get support from other men.
I congratulate the Manning Senior Citizens Centre and the City of South Perth for working together to see this idea become a reality. I also commend Lotterywest, who provided a grant for the Shed’s construction, and other community organisations in my electorate that generously provided funding and support to the Shed, including the Royal Perth Golf Club, City of South Perth RSL Club, Southcare, IGA Preston Street, Rotary Club of Como, Manning Lions Club and South Perth Lions Club. Como Secondary College also allowed a group of volunteers to use the College facilities to work on small projects including the renovation of donated tools and equipment.
I encourage all men in the electorate to get behind the Manning Men’s Shed.
I was delighted to attend the Rotary Club of Como’s 2014 Change-Over Dinner at the Royal Perth Golf Club.
Congratulations to Lindsay Brown on taking over as president and well done to John Garmony for his fine efforts in the position for the past year. Lindsay has big shoes to fill but I am sure he will do an excellent job.
Highlights of the night included Sue Griffiths Sandra Perry being made honorary life members of the club. Barbara Dodman and Marielle Sloss were made Paul Harris Fellows in recognition of their outstanding effort as volunteers.