A tower of giraffes at Werribee Zoo
Levi Karschimkus - Ambulance Victoria

Levi is an Advanced Life Support paramedic working for Ambulance Victoria. He is particularly passionate about continuing professional development, paramedic education and social media.



The Tishbox Rally

The Tishbox Rally is a car rally with a difference. It challenges teams to drive cars worth less than $1000 across some of Australia's toughest roads, all in support of cancer research.

The rally was founded by James Freeman in 2009 after he lost both of his parents to cancer 12 months apart. It was a dark time, and James needed something to excite him and help him to make a difference.

The event now occurs twice a year in Australia and once in NZ. It has now grown to a total of 250 teams, plus support crews. So about 550 people are involved. In the last 10 years, it has raised $17 million.

But the rally itself is only part of the project. Teams work for many months on their fund-raising efforts.  Their hard work is rewarded by the rally itself. Other positive aspects of the project include:

  • The camaraderie and mate ship that is built over the 7 days of the rally
  • The record breaking amount of funds raised
  • The positive impact they have on local remote communities
  • The enjoyable experiences of the rally teams and the great sense of satisfaction that they are doing something for a worthy cause 

Our presenters, Tim Astengo and Daniel Paproth, are two young happy-go-lucky adventurers who first met at a RYLA camp in 2013. Daniel was sponsored by our club. They enjoyed the experience so much that they spent the following two years volunteering on the same camp in the kitchen, whipping up three meals a day for the hungry 80-odd participants.

They joined forces for the first time in the 2016 rally which travelled from Mackay to Hobart. And they're doing it again in October 2019, when they will share the driving from Melbourne to Townsville, a journey of 3614 kms over 7 days. 

Their team name is LOOK, A TREE which is based on Tim's gregarious nature and his insightful observations of the landscape during a trip. And, if there is nothing else to talk about or to see, he will say "Look, a tree". If you wish to donate to their team, click here.

Click here to visit the Tishbox Rally website.



Our club is one of 8 west suburban Rotary clubs that play a lead role in the management of WERN (Western Emergency Relief Network) which provides essential household goods to needy families in the west. 

To date, Joe Cumbo has been our main representative. But we are looking for a few more volunteers to support Joe. Your involvement would be to attend the new warehouse in Derrimut about once a month and help to sort and catalogue the various items and to assist those who are seeking necessary goods.

If you can help every now and again, it would very much appreciated. Please discuss further with President Brian or Joe Cumbo.



We are actively progressing the establishment of an Interact Club at Wyndham Central College.

Last week President Brian, Kim Deneys and Graham Roper attended the school and met with teachers and students who are keen to get the program off the ground. The club is expected to commence within the next few months.



With the footy tipping comp done and dusted and everyone suffering withdrawal symptoms, we are now introducing a new competition. It's related to horse racing but you don't need to know anything about horses.

We only require 25 contestants but you had better hurry because places are filling fast.

Click here to learn about how the competition works.

Contact Ian Hovey as quickly as possible if you would like to join.



The Community Committee has agreed to run a Monster Book Sale during this Rotary Year.

We are probably looking at June 2020 during the school holidays.

We need to have the support of all members to start the process to collect about 15,000 books. As we get books we will store them in the various categories for the big day.

If you know anyone with old books, let the Community Committee know so we can arrange to pick them up.


After a good season, the Werribee Football Club has made it to the finals of the VFL competition. They play against Box Hill Hawks this Sunday at Port Melbourne Oval starting at 2pm.

So forget everything else (including Fathers Day) and make your way to Port Melbourne to see Werribee's premier football team battle it out against the Hawks.

IN BRIEF........
  • Bunnings BBQ - Well done to the team who worked hard at last week's BBQ to raise $564.

  • Cut Giggle & Sew No 1 -  A great session was held at the home of the Daddy's last Saturday. Thanks to Therese for her hospitality.

  • Cut Giggle & Sew No 2 - An alternative mid-week session is being organised for ladies who can't get enough of it or who can't make it on the weekend. These sessions will be held in the craft room at Federation Village in Railway Avenue and the first one will be on Wednesday 5th September from 10am to 1pm. For more details please send a text to Micki Hovey on 0413 864 341. Geoff Smith has promised to supply tea and scones.

  • District Conference Bendigo 27-29 March 2020 - Brian has booked rooms at the Quality Apartments Lakeside. Let Brian know if you want to put your name to a room.

  • Bingo - we made $540 profit last night.

  • Ian Knight - Ian has been released from hospital after being given the all clear after being diagnosed with a staph infection. However, he still has to have an intravenous drip as a precautionary measure. 

  • Club Membership - For those who haven't paid their annual dues, these dues are now due. So it would be appreciated if you could duly pay your dues.

  • Golf Day - The date for the 2020 Werribee Rotary Golf Day has been set for Friday, 28th February. Ross Conley and his team will be working hard to make it another successful fund-raiser for the club.

  • Footy Tipping - The comp is all over for another year. Congratulations to runaway winner Graham Roper who took top prize after tipping 135 winners for the season. Second was Anne Smith with 132 winners and Ian Hovey came in third with 131.

  • Congratulations to Anthony Pante whose business Aqua Tap Plumbing won the Wyndham Business of the Year Award. Here's a photo of Anthony and his team accepting the award.

  • Congratulations also to Marty Vaina's business, Casabene Excavations and Drainage for winning the Mayoral Award. Here's a happy snap of the Casabene team with the Mayor Cr Mia Shaw. Hope Marty was wearing socks!
Breakfast Club Roster Term 3

President Brian Ahmed



4 September 2019

6:30 for 6:45pm

Italian Sports Club Werribee

601 Heaths Road, Werribee



Geoff Smith


Colin Muir

Graham Roper


Peter Sandlant



If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Kim Deneys
0407 512 750
Sep 03, 2019
Ambulance Victoria
Sep 10, 2019
Plans for the City of Wyndham
Sep 17, 2019
Building a School in Vanuatu
Sep 24, 2019
A Life of Personal Challenges and the Collingwood Football Club
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Member Birthdays
Adrian Burt
August 14
Ross Conley
August 27
Roland Wade
August 31
Spouse Birthdays
Barbara Purdy
August 14
Christine Evans
August 25
Carole Cumbo
August 31
Tino Ballan
Robyn Ballan
August 1
Join Date
Enzo Maddalon
August 1, 1989
30 years
Adrian Burt
August 2, 2016
3 years
Lyn Fava
August 12, 2008
11 years
Ian Knight OAM
August 16, 1968
51 years
Tino Ballan
August 16, 1968
51 years
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