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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 25th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 26, 2009 11 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Rotary Club offers grants for projects DRUMMOYNE Rotary Club has set aside $10,000 and is inviting Inner West community groups to apply for a share of the kitty. Drummoyne Rotary president Dr Dale Larsen said local sports, cultural, school or other non- profit community groups are eli- gible to apply. ''We are a major contributor to many local community groups that do not get regular funding or recognition,'' she said. ''It is projects like providing comfort quilts for the elderly in nursing homes or a shade tree for the Abbotsford Long Day Care Centre, that people never hear about and that's what Drummoyne Rotary is all about.'' Last year, Abbotsford Long Day Care Centre received an $850 grant to landscape the centre's front garden and purchase a shade tree. Some of the other community groups that have benefited from the grants include Abbotsford 12 Foot Flying Squadron, Inner West Neighbour Aid and the Stitching Hearts Charity Group, Cabarita. Groups seeking funding need to write a short summary (no more than two pages), outlining what they do, why they need funding and what it will be used for. A committee of Rotary mem- bers will decide which projects to fund. Entries close on Friday, April 24, and applications must be posted to: Drummoyne Rotary, PO Box 10, Drummoyne, 2047. Blind biker's world vision SHIREEN KHALIL To see a sneak peak of the famous motorbike and the interview with Ms Birchall go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au We had issues crossing the Iranian border from Turkey because they wouldn't issue Bernard with a visa. One minute they liked him, then they didn't, then they liked him again' ' -- Blind motorcyclist CATHERINE BIRCHALL Catherine Birchall is travelling around the world on a motorbike with Bernard Smith. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP257850 IMAGINE travelling the world on a motorbike. Now imagine doing it blind. Catherine Birchall is the first visually-impaired woman to ex- plore the world on two wheels and so far the Englishwoman and her fiance Bernard Smith have knocked off 18 countries, includ- ing China and Russia, and an amazing 20,000km. ''The intention of the journey is to raise awareness of visual im- pairment and to let people know that being vision-impaired does not mean it's the end of the world, but it means with a bit of help you can fulfil your dreams,'' Ms Birchall said. The courageous woman, who suffers from retinitis pigmatosis, dropped into Enfield's Vision Australia last Wednesday as part of her journey. She said she also hoped to raise over $250,000. ''We have travelled from England to Australia and will be going all around the world, and during the journey we have been visiting various organisations in different countries which deal with vision impairment,'' Ms Birchall said. She described the journey so far as being fantastic, with some interesting experiences. ''We had issues crossing the Iranian border form Turkey be- cause they wouldn't issue Bernard with a visa,'' Ms Birchall said. ''One minute they liked him, then they didn't, then they liked him again. ''We also had issues with the motorbike -- in Perth and in the middle of nowhere, we blew the oil gasket. ''In Malaysia the alternator went and in Adelaide the exhaust blew and we had to order the parts from England.'' Although the couple have ex- perienced some terrifying mo- ments, such as the driving con- ditions in India, they have met some inspirational people and can't wait to hop on their 1990 BMW motorbike and continue their journey. Their next destination is Chile. For more information on some of Ms Birchall's experiences visit www.worldtour.org.uk Get a great price in the Inner West. Love the Inner West? Well, we're making it even better. NRMA Insurance is offering great prices on Car Insurance to those lucky enough to live here. You can even save an additional 12.5% on both your Car and Home Insurance when you combine them with our CTP Greenslip and NRMA Motoring & Services Membership*. To unbreak the bank, speak to us today. Visit us or call 132 132 NRMA Burwood 34 Belmore Street (near the RTA) Insurance issued by Insurance Australia Limited trading as NRMA Insurance. When making decisions about the product you should consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from NRMA Insurance. For existing policies, discount applies from the date of next renewal. *NRMA Membership is provided by National Roads and Motorist's Association, trading as NRMA Motoring & Services, which is independent from NRMA Insurance. Excludes ClubCare, Taxi and BusinessWise memberships. NRMA0397/UCI/IWW Un-e xpensive CAR insurance.
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