World Refugee Day  20 June 2021
To mark this important annual event, the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise joined with the ACT Government’s Multicultural Hub to provide a bbq for local soccer teams.
It was a bitterly cold yet brilliant June day in Canberra, and lots of fun for those members of our Rotary Club- Margaret Aitkin, Ray Livingstone, Bruce Osborn, John McKenna and his grandson Christian, Ian Sayers and Suzanne Howarth, We appreciated the opportunity to watch some great soccer players, and at the same time to learn about the experiences of these players and their families, who are now living, studying and working in the Australian Capital Territory.  We are now actively seeking another opportunity to serve our community in conjunction with the ACT Government’s Multicultural Hub.
We are a small and motivated breakfast club with members drawn from a wide range of vocations. Our goal is to serve our local community with a strong focus on youth. Our two primary activities are the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) which is an event for high school students held annually at the Museum of Australian Democracy and DreamCricket, which provides opportunities for primary school children with disabilities to play cricket. We enjoy the friendship and fellowship associated with Rotary service.
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Thirty three members of Canberra Sunrise, Canberra Sundowners and friends worked together over about 6 hours to pack 600 birthing kits destined for overseas regions where proper facilities for giving birth are not readily available.  As well as providing the people power to pack the kits, $3,000 had been raised to purchase the items, including a $500 donation from corporate sponsor Keane Consulting (  Birthing Kit Foundation Australia ( will ship these units to where they are needed, making a tremendous impact on the ground for women in need of them.
The event also provided an opportunity for a number of friends of club members and the Keane Consulting team to participate in one of our community service events, and was a lot of fun.
Last year our club welcomed our first Corporate Sponsor – Keane Consulting.  Since that time, the company’s Director, Owen Keane, Melinda Keane and Sean Wood have been regular participants at Canberra Sundowner meetings and community service activities.  Both Keane Consulting and the Canberra Sundowners are finding real value in this relationship. 
For Keane Consulting, the relationship is an important string in the company’s social ethos and values.  Owen and Melinda have stated: “We are really “keen” to live our values, and this means more than simply providing financial support to those organisations we sponsor and/or donate to. This means being active members of our local, Canberra community. We want Keane Consulting to have a social conscience.”  For more information on Keane Consulting, check out their website at
For our club, the value is in having additional hands-on support (Keane’s team were involved in our Vinnies sorting day and our Street Library construction activity).  This has been supplemented by a recent $500 contribution to our forthcoming Birthing Kit packing event.  The community is the real winner out of this relationship.  
If your company has a focus on supporting the community and you would like more information on how to turn this into a reality, contact the Canberra Sundowners through Facebook: or emailing the club on
 Please advise visitor attendance or member non-attendance to Peter McDermott before 12.00 noon Tuesday every week
Graham Smith
Jul 29, 2021
"Against the wind"
Club Assembly
Aug 05, 2021
Club Assembly
Dr Maria Maley BA (Syd) PhD (ANU)
Aug 12, 2021
Ministerial advisers - the role of
Aug 19, 2021
NO MEETING as visit to National Film...
Aug 26, 2021
Club Assembly
Sep 02, 2021
Club Assembly
Sep 09, 2021
NO MEETING as Changeover later event
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Club Assembly
Oct 07, 2021
Club Assembly
Oct 14, 2021
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Oct 28, 2021
Other location (for John’s workshop visit)
Nov 04, 2021
NO MEETING (in lieu of Dream Cricket)
Club Assembly
Nov 11, 2021
Club Assembly
Nov 18, 2021
Nov 25, 2021
AGM & Club Assembly
Dec 02, 2021
AGM & Club Assembly
TBA last mtg CC 2021
Dec 09, 2021

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