Our Projects

Each year our President picks a local beneficiary organization which will benefit from our fundraising. Over the past few years we have supported the following organisations.

2018 – 2019 President Mary Genovese
Food Bank Kalgoorlie Boulder.

2017 – 2018 President Sue Morley
Friendship Bags for needy.

2016 – 2017 President Heather Lavery
Garden at Edward Collick Home
which needed some loving care.

2015 – 2016 President Diana Williams
Climbing apparatus for Full Circle
who assist families and children with Autism.

2014 – 2015 President Diana Williams
Children's games for our local hospital emergency department.

2013 – 2014 President Heather Lavery
Women's Health Centre for a massage table.

2012 – 2013 President Joan Gray
Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital Chemotherapy Unit Pamper Packs.

President Joan and members have been busy packing Pamper Packs to go to the Kalgoorlie Oncology Ward for the patients commencing their Chemotherapy. The goods are purchased from the funds raised by our Inner Wheel club and the bags to put the items in are donated by Curtain Villa. Kal Jr. was there to make sure they did a good job.

With the fabulous donation from Pat Leighton we are now able to continue preparing and donating our Pamper Packs to the Oncology Ward at the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital for a few months more. Thank you Pat.

Now with the very generous donation from the Golden Reflections we have enough funds to have the Pamper Pack Project as an ongoing Club Project which is entirely seperate from our President's yearly project.

2011 – 2012 President Mary Genovese
Fall Out Chair for the Southern Cross Nursing Home

President Mary is pictured here with Director of Nursing at the Southern Cross Care Nursing Home in Kalgoorlie Jenni Lys with resident Jean Hally trying out the new new chair which gives residents who cannot move out of their rooms independance. This special chair was donated by our club from funds we raised for local charity.

2010 – 2011 President Cherie Wallace
Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital Chemotherapy Unit Pamper Packs.

In the year Cherie was President we raised enough money for 9 Pamper Packs to be given to the Chemotherapy Ward where they are given to the members of the public when they start their Chemotherapy. Here are 8 ready for delivery in their bags that are donated by Curtain Villa and Wizard Pharmacy.

2009 – 2010 President Cathy Cudini
Seat for Edward Collick Home for the Aged
High Care Section

President Cathy Cudini (back) with Amana Living residents Brenda Steel (left) and Margaret Raven on the new bench that has been donated to Edward Collick by the Inner Wheel Club of Kalgoorlie Boulder.

2008 – 2009 President Sue Gianni
Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital Chemotherapy Unit
Pamper Packs

These packs are given to the patients who are having Chemotherapy. They contain the special things that are not on ones grocery shopping list due to the cost. This is a little way we can show them that we care.

2007 – 2008 Presidents Catherine Bishop
and Vicki Kelly
Royal Flying Doctor Service

Joan, one of our members took a photographic record of a pair of Honeysuckers building a nest and raising two babies in one of her pot plants. She turned it into a book and the proceeds of the sales were donated to the RFDS. We also gave a lot of the books to the RFDS and they put them in their shop here at the RFDS base in Kalgoorlie – Boulder and they kept all the proceeds of the sales.

Our club also supports State, National and International fund raising for selected organizations. Some of these are:

Stitches of Hope
Rightly she calls out those with very short memories in her 2 minute video.

STORY 1: Win-Win Project 2016
We have something exciting to talk about! Earlier in the year some friends of Stitches of Hope birthed an idea which would benefit under privileged women and girls in Cambodia and the countless numbers of homeless people in Western Australia.

Shipping company McClintock International Shipping offered to cover freight costs. The process of training the Cambodian staff, purchasing the requirements to make the sleeping bags and the awesome task of processing the Cambodian Government’s customs paperwork took several months to complete.

The staff have achieved excellent results in completing 500 sleeping bags in an array of fabrics which are an awesome gift to the many people both young and old who are “doing life” extremely tough, mostly through no fault of their own. People who have been made redundant from their place of employment, failed businesses, family dysfunction, drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse and for many other reasons many Australians are without a home to live in.

Distribution of the sleeping bags has been an exciting venture and with rewarding results. The appreciation shown by those without the warmth and comfort of a bed at night has been worth the tremendous amount of effort. A huge thankyou to the West Australian supporters, who include several Rotary clubs, Inner Wheel Clubs and many private donations, who donated $40 per sleeping bags to enable this project to achieve its goal.

Hundreds of bags have now been delivered to various places who work to provide support to the homeless people. Some of these include Riverview Church, Passages in Mandurah, RUAH in Northbridge, Men’s Community Support in Albany, Northreach Church Homeless Connect, Passages in Northbridge and a Homeless need in Fremantle, plus several other requests for sleeping bags for the desperate needy. Stitches of Hope would love to continue this program and would seek your support in enabling this to happen.
Kay Eva, October 2016

Days for Girls. Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. We help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits.

Maiti Nepal project, fighting against trafficking of Nepali children and women.

Sustainable Cambodia Australia. Empowering rural villagers to create self–sustaining communities with clean water, wells, ponds, pumps, biosand filters, latrines, preschool buildings, school furniture, libraries, school books and teaching aids.

Cord Blood Research

The use of cord blood is a miracle of recycling – giving life today and saving lives tomorrow. When transplanted into a patient, different types of blood cells can be produced after the patient's own blood cells have been depleted or destroyed by chemotherapy or irradiation.

Transplantation of this blood produces far less immunological complications than transplant of adult bone marrow. This means that the matching between donors and recipients is less critical, which makes it easier to find suitable cord blood donors.

Each year our club holds a stall in Saint Barbara Square and sell items to raise money for Cord Blood Research. This is the Inner Wheel of Australia's National Fund.

Our International fund is the Hamlin Fistula Hospital of Abbis Ababa in Ethiopia. This is run by an Australian, Dr. Catherine Hamlin. She and her husband Reg who was from NZ went there over 50 years ago and sadly Reg has passed away, but Catherine still operates and she is well into her 80's. Our club holds an International night each year with fun and games while raising money for our International fund. We also have money boxes in which we put our spare coins and this also goes to the international cause.

Hamlin Fistula Hospital, read the story
This is the only authorised Australian site for Hamlin Fistula Hospital HFE (A)

A Little about Dr. Catherine Hamlin.

Dr Catherine Hamlin, who is literally an Australian living treasure, named as one of 100 such treasures by the National Trust.

Dr Hamlin, then Miss Hinkelson, graduated from medicine in 1946, starting her career at Sydney's Crown Street Women's Hospital, whose medical director, Dr. Reg Hamlin would become her husband.

Together, they founded a hospital in Ethiopia to treat injuries caused during childbirth. Now in her 80s, Dr Hamlin continues her work in Ethiopia with some assistance from AusAID.

We were very touched by their plight. The sorrow and the sadness that these little girls were suffering from. We were replacing a gynaecologist that had been there, and she said, "These girls will come to you and they'll break your hearts because there is very little you can do for them." She didn't actually say how many there were. We didn't know. We got one or two to begin with in the first few weeks or the first few months. And then of course as we cured them, more and more came.

In 1959 Dr. Catherine Hamlin arrived with her husband and 6 year old son Richard in Ethiopia. As gynaecologists and obstetricians, they saw a move to Africa as a chance to make a difference.

We thought we were going to found a midwifery school, and we were able to do this for the first few years and then the Government said, "This is too expensive for us to fund and we'll have to close it." We were working in the government hospital. And by that time, we had begun to get the fistula patients coming down from the countryside. And of course we hadn't seen an obstetric fistula before, and they really did break our hearts. Their need was so great. We just couldn't walk away.

To give a young woman a new life who's been perhaps suffering for months or even years of rejection from her society, a husband leaving her, family rejecting her, not from cruelty, but because they couldn't cope with a woman leaking urine in a small house – in a country houses are poor, perhaps only one or two rooms. And so there was nowhere for her to live with the family because of her offensive nature of her injury. So she's put somewhere alone in the village, perhaps in a shed somewhere, or just a lean–to made of sticks even. And she will languish there till death.

It was the Hamlin's early work in Australia that prepared them for the medical challenges they would face in Ethiopia. Catherine Hamlin's first job was at Crown Street Women's Hospital in Sydney. It was there she met her future husband, Dr Reginald Hamlin. Together, they shared a passion for helping women.

My husband was an enormously compassionate person and he was so touched by the plight of these girls. I was too. But he was the driving force that – he was the one that really set up the hospital we founded in the end.

They responded to an advertisement in the Lancet medical journal calling for gynaecologists to work in Africa. They didn't know it when they first arrived, but they would specialise in obstetric fistulas – injuries sustained by women during childbirth.

A fistula is an opening between an internal organ and the outside of a body. The fistula we're treating is between the bladder and the birth passage or the vagina and 20 per cent of our patients have a hole in the rectum as well, between the rectum and the vagina.

Nobody realises that these women in Ethiopia, think it's from some practice that goes on to give them the fistula, but it's not. It's due to a small pelvis or a malposition of the baby inside the uterus. Fistulas are common in developing countries because women often have no access to help during childbirth. From early on, the Hamlins made it their mission to help as many women in Ethiopia as they could. And there have been thousand who've been cured.

Catherine Hamlin was awarded the highest award International Inner Wheel presents, The Margarette Golding Award in June 2002.

Update on Catherine Hamlin.
Now, Sydney-siders travelling on her namesake ferry can continue to be inspired by Catherine, who has dedicated her life to ensuring the health and dignity of Ethiopian mothers who suffer from preventable and treatable childbirth injuries.

Upon hearing the announcement from NSW Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, Dr Catherine Hamlin AC said, "I am so grateful. It really is lovely to know that so many people have tremendous love for our work and for our patients. I hope that this will help draw the attention of the world to this great need in Ethiopia for maternal healthcare. I want to help these women. I know you would all be touched if you could see them in their plight. Thank you for your support."

Carolyn Hardy, CEO, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Australia said, Catherine has dedicated almost 60 years of her life to Ethiopian women, working tirelessly to eradicate the most horrific type of childbirth injury, obstetric fistula. She has transformed the lives of more than 50,000 Ethiopian women and most importantly has restored their dignity.

Catherine was a Sydney girl. “The Catherine Hamlin” ferry on Sydney Harbour is a wonderful way to celebrate this inspirational woman. Catherine will turn 93 in January and continues to live on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. Sydney siders will begin riding on the ferry in 2017.

Dr Catherine Hamlin had an extraordinary year in 2017. She was named 2018 NSW Senior Australian of the Year. She now progresses to the National Australia Day awards, to be announced on 25 January (the day after her 94th birthday). Earlier last year, a Sydney Harbour Ferry was named in her honour. Catherine was also awarded Ethiopia's prestigious 'Good Person of the Year' award for 2017. She continues to receive accolades such as these in her usual humble, gentle way.

In June this year, Dr Catherine Hamlin’s niece and great-niece, both also named Catherine, had a very special visit on the 'Catherine Hamlin' ferry. Given Dr Hamlin lives on the grounds of the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa, it was wonderful to have her family and namesakes represent her at the ferry viewing in Sydney.

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