On Monday 23rd October Attadale Rotary President Colin McCulloch welcomed Guest Speakers Dr Alice Domenichini and Fabienne Vonarburg as well as Associate Professor Debbie Trinder who were all respresenting the Spinnaker Health Foundation. The annual Rotary Charity Golf Day run by the Attadale and Fremantle Clubs supports two major beneficiaries, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Spinnaker Health Research Foundation.
The Chairman for the evening Rodney Rate introduced Fabienne who showed a video of the work being done through the Foundation. She then explained that the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation proudly supports innovative health and medical research across the whole of the Perth south metropolitan region, including Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals and in collaboration with universities and research institutions in WA. Spinnaker aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our community through research.
Dr Alice Domenichini is a recipient of one of our grants and is joined by Assoc Professor Debbie Trinder. She is studying the effect of too much iron in the heart. Iron has brought significant changes to life for all, over the years. It is an essential nutrient for all organisms. However, in conditions where there is an excess of iron, such as hereditary haemochromatosis, it can have detrimental consequences as more iron is absorbed from the diet and deposited in vital organs such as the liver and heart, inducing progressive tissue damage. Hereditary haemochromatosis and secondary iron-overload conditions, like thalassaemia, are some of the most commonly inherited disorders world-wide, especially in populations with European ancestry. The mechanism of iron-induced heart damage in iron overload diseases, especially hereditary haemochromatosis is still largely unknown.
The research project will examine in detail the effects of too much iron in the heart in a laboratory model of human hereditary haemochromatosis. The outcomes from this study will provide new insights into the role of iron in iron overload disorders.
Pictured from Spinnaker Health Research Foundation are Associate Professor Debbie Trinder, Fabienne Vonarburg and Dr Alice Domenichini with Attadale Rotarian and Chairman Rodney Rate and the President of the Attadale Rotary Club Colin McCulloch.
On Monday 16th October President Colin McCulloch welcomed Guest Speakers Michael Cockram and Jean Mackenzie along with the partners and visitors who had come to the meeting to hear an extremely interesting presentation.
Michael Cockram is a former Rotarian and a retired Lawyer. In 2005 he started a Restorative Justice Course which involves taking victims of serious crime into prisons to meet with unrelated offenders over a period of two months to discuss what has happened and together to seek a way forward. He has just started his 33rd course and he explained how it is that both victims and offenders seem to find levels of healing in this counterintuitive process. Michael's topic for the evening was "Reach for Life - grasping the snake that bit you". Michael was assisted in his presentation by Jean Mackenzie, a graduate of the program, who described her own reactions. In the late 1970's in Apartheid South Africa, Jean had suffered the loss of her eldest brother to a vicious assault and subsequent death.
After many dark times and significant pain the family migrated to Australia. After her own family got older Jean began working with an agency dealing with long term offenders, assisting them reintegrating into society. That is when the Restorative Justice program came to her attention. She came into contact with Michael Cockram and began to attend a number of information events. When Jean agreed to participate in one of the programs at Karnet Prison Farm and shared her story she realised she had been suffering all those years from 'survivor guilt'. Jean felt one of the most valuable gifts the program gave her was a sense of closure about her brother's death all those years before.
In 2009 Michael was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in this area. Reach for Life is a Not for Profit organisation dedicated to re-empowering people who (directly or indirectly) have experienced life changing events such as:- Homicide, Domestic and other forms of Violence, Sexual Assault and Intimidation. The Reach for Life programme is run once a week for 7 weeks inside a prison where victims of crime (including indirect or secondary victims) are brought together with unrelated offenders to share and discuss their stories and to explore some solutions. The reason for doing it is that just as an offender may be in a physical prison, a victim may be in a psychological prison inflicted by an offence. Reach for Life seeks to free victims from this prison through understanding, empathy, compassion, truth and the restoration of personal power. For any further information on this program or to contact Michael details are as follows:- Website is www.reachforlifeaustralia.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Smoje from DIME Customer Service was the Guest Speaker at the Attadale Rotary Club meeting at Tompkins on Swan on Monday night. Chris is a professional Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator who definitely knows his subject. He has spoken to 38 Rotary Clubs in the past 41 weeks. Quite an amazing effort. Chris is a dynamic speaker who is well versed on the subject of 'Customer Service'.
In a first for our Guest Speakers, Chris said he was paying all those present to listen to him, and he did. All members received a payment of 1 American Dime which forms the basis of his Company ethos:-
DIME - 'Deliberate Interactions Memorable Experiences' which is exactly what Chris gave on Monday.
A great presentation with a strong message on Customer Service.
Pictured are Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch with Guest Speaker Chris Smoje and Chairman John Sharp, and Acting Sergeant for the night Rodney Rate and Rotarian Garth Curran.