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Five Peaks Challenge is our next big event - 29 April

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Five Peaks Challenge 2018 flyer  

Charity Virtual Race Night was a great success

On Friday 23 February we held a fun night of punting with free play money, silent auctions and dress up for fashions on the field.

 Race NIght crowd  Race Night crowd enjoying themselves
 Giving prize to fashion winner  Race Night winners grinning

All proceeds go to charity:

  • This year we are supporting MyHome in Canberra to assist them to provide supported accommodation for people with enduring mental illness.
  • Last year we bought an electric-assist trike for Araluen Village so that residents again feel the ‘wind in their hair’.


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Fine Wine and Friends

We had a great event on Friday 17th NovemberWine glass image

Attendees (over 80 of them) ate the food provided and sampled some beautiful wines presented by:

 Woden Rotary Club will use all proceeds to support of My Home In Canberra
– that will provide supported accommodation for people with enduring mental illness.


Our Tri-shaw now in CanberraPhoto: Tri-shaw in Canberra

• We have purchased a trioBike taxi from Denmark (that's it in the photo) using funds raised from the Charity Vitrtual Race Night in April 2017 and the Five Peaks Chalenge 2017 bike ride.
• It's a ‘a couch on wheels’ – see it in this video.
• This is the third tri-shaw for Cycling Without Age in Canberra – the others are at Kangaga Waters residential aged care facility in Belconnen.

We need pilots
We are training people to become pilots and take residents for rides in the tri-shaw – out and about, to the shops, to the lake or wherever.

If you can ride a bike and have a desire to help others, then there is plenty of space for you. Our pilots are everyone from directors and senior citizens to students. You won’t need much practice before you are on the road (or the bike path).

Our motto is: ‘Hurry up slowly – turn softly’.

We will train you to become a pilot (it's a simple process) and advise you of the booking procedures so you and residents get together for a fun ride. There are no commitments as to your availability – you decide when you can ride and then your services are offered to residents. Or you can have regular passengers. It’s up to you and the residents.

Expressions of interest to

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Clothing to Wesern Desert Dyalsis from St Anthony's Primary School, WanniassaLetter from WPNWPT CEO

The primary school changed its badge and thus had some surplus second-hand jumpers and other clothing available that they offered to Woden Rotary. We passed them onto the WDNWPT (Western Desert Dialysis) aboriginal cooperative with whom we have a close relationship having, amongst other things, constructed some dialysis centres and nurses quarters in remote communities for them.

Child wearing donated jumperToll IPEC kindly transported the jumpers to Alice Springs free of charge. Here is the letter of thanks form WDNWPT and an image of a student in one of the donated jumpers.






Rotary Rides Five Peaks Challenge -- was last on Sunday 14 May 2017

Five Peaks Challenge logo

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It's a non-competitive cyclo-sportive event that provides a great challenge to ride the six peaks of Canberra – Mount Stromlo, Red Hill, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain and Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum). It is historically named 'Five Peaks Challenge' but since 2015, when Dairy Farmers Hill (in the Arboretum) was added, it has six peaks for you.

There are two ride lengths (118 km or 83 km) within which you have the option to choose which peaks you climb and which ones you by-pass. Take on all six peaks for a total elevation gains of about 2,000 m on the longer ride and 1,500 m on the shorter ride – but you can bypass the peaks if necessary for less climbing. And there are food stations and support available available on course.

The event is a major fund-raising opportunity for Woden Rotary and their supported charities – Cycling Without Age and ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children).



Cycling Without Age trishaw

Everyone had a fun evening and we raised raised money for charity with betting with play money (no real money) on horse, dog and pig races projected onto a screen. No attendee has seen the races before. A customised race card and a wad of 'play money' is given to all attendees. And there will be fashions in the field and silent auctions.

This year's charity project helped Araluen Retirement Village in Fisher acquire a trishaw electric assist bike to start a Cycling Without Age program - so residents again feel the ‘wind in their hair’ (image left).

It's on again next year on Friday 23 February 2018.

View images of the 2017 event


Woden Rotary bought a Hansa 303 Wide sailing boat for Sailability ACT

The new Hansa 303 Wide sailing boat was named 'George' and handed over to Sailability on Sunday 26 February 2017 in the presence of Woden Rotary members, the ACT Minister and Shadow Minister for Disability and the local MLA

After the launch everyone present was taken for a sail.

MLAs addressing those present at the launch

The MLAs addressing those present -- Elizebet Lee, Rachel Stephen-Smith (Minister for Disability) and Bec Cody

 Sail livery

Sailability ACT welcomes all people without regard to age, ability, gender or socio-economic status as sailors or volunteers and sails Hansa 303 Wide two person boats (and smaller boats). They cater for people with disabilities who wish to experience 'freedom on the water' and has facilities and resources to teach people to sail and allow them to broaden their horizons.

Sailability ACT is based on Lake Tuggeranong located and sometimes sails on Lake Ginninderra and Lake Burley Griffin.

Woden Rotary recognised by Rotary International President

for achieving the highest growth rate of female members in our Rotary District 9710

Horses racing

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Last modified JW 28 February 2017