Rotary adds a little razzamatazz to kids' lives

Members of the Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow are proud to announce that this year’s Razzmatazz shows will be held at the Woonona-Bulli RSL during the next school holidays on Thursday, April 19.

There will be three sessions held on the day and community groups are asked to put the date in their calendars now.

Community groups are issued with tickets, however, for those not receiving tickets to one of the shows please email: secretary at secretary@fairymeadowrotary.org.au.

Sponsorship by local businesses provides free tickets for hundreds of local children who are always thrilled by the antics of the international entertainers performing their magic, clowning, juggling, balancing, puppetry, acrobatics and exceptional comedy routines.

Many of the audience have to deal with illness, physical disability, emotional trauma and/or severe financial difficulties daily.  This annual outing really lifts their spirits bringing them much needed joy and laughter.

Proceeds from this year’s event go to:

Fairy Meadow Demonstration School Sensory Garden Project.

The school has been developing a sensory garden along the Princes Highway fence line over the past few years. Children with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders find challenges with socialisation, communication, play and imagination.

Sensory play playgrounds attract children, encourage exploration, discovery, and provide a "just-right" experience for those seeking sensory stimulation. The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow will be providing Astro-Turf for the next phase of the project whilst looking forward to being a long-term partner with the school and other sponsors.

Imagination Library

Rotary Clubs in the Illawarra have been sponsoring many children in the 0-5 years age group with a free age-appropriate book each month for some years now.

The Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow is expanding the reach to include children who have arrived as refugees in this country and are being supported by Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families (SCARF).

School of St Jude

At 22 years old Gemma Sisia travelled to Uganda to volunteer as a teacher, where she taught girls science and sewing. This experience led to a fervent belief that a free, high-quality education should be the right of all children in the world.

Upon returning to her native Australia, Gemma fundraised to invest in the education of East Africa’s poorest children. Along with the gift of a small plot of land in Arusha, Tanzania, Gemma began to build The School of St Jude with the help of friends, family and Rotary groups.