The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-04-11T05:36:22Z Launch of a new guide book about the stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk at Sydney Cove 2014-04-11T05:36:22Z launch-of-a-new-guide-book-about-the-stories-behind-the-sydney-writers-walk-at-sydney-cove Sydney Writer’s Walk Honoured in Pros Friday 11 April 2014, Sydney NSW – The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove today announced the launch of a new book that reveals the man stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk. Written by Roger Cherry, “Sydney Cove Writers Walk Plaques – The Guide” has been timed to coincide with the upcoming International Rotary Convention, which is expected to attract over 18,000 visitors to Sydney from 1-4 June, 2014. A distinctive feature of the Sydney Cove foreshore, the Writers Walk comprises a series of 60 large brass plaques located around Circular Quay between the Opera House and the International Passenger Terminal. Each plaque commemorates the life and works of a prominent writer who has influenced the Australian literary scene, including such luminaries as Dorothea Mackellar, Manning Clarke, Banjo Paterson and P.L. Travers. Cherry began researching the plaques out of personal interest and said he decided to write the book to share what he learned. “I first noticed the plaques while wandering around the Quay after attending a performance at the Opera House and was curious about the stories behind the tributes. Once I began researching the different authors, I was fascinated by what I discovered and the book developed from there,” he explained. Originally launched with 49 plaques in February 1991 by the then Minister for the Arts, Peter Collins, the Walk was extended with an additional 11 plaques in 2011. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove plans to promote the book during the upcoming Rotary International Convention, with all sales from the book going to support the Club’s various initiatives and causes, including projects to feed the homeless, support sick children and disadvantaged youth, eradicate polio and bridge the digital divide. Club President, Jeremy Wright, said the book was an opportunity to provide a deeper insight into one of the lesser known attractions of Sydney Cove at a time when Sydney is about to receive a significant influx of tourists for the Rotary International Convention. “With thousands of Rotarians and guests about to visit Sydney for the International Convention, we hope to use Roger’s book to raise awareness of the Writers Walk while also raising money for our important charity work,” he said. The book’s cover features an original painting of Sydney Harbour by renowned local artist, Ken Done, who donated the artwork to the Club in recognition of its many contributions to the community. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ###   Sydney Cove Rotary - Wheel Chair Race 2012-02-01T03:10:21Z sydney-cove-rotary-wheel-chair-race While most Australians took the opportunity to sleep in on Australia Day, 30 members of the Sydney Cove Rotary Club were up early to act as volunteer safety marshals for the annual Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Race around the Rocks. The race, which was won for the 8th consecutive year in record style by Australian Kurt Fearnley, operates on a 10 kilometre circuit along Hickson Road and Circular Quay. For Club President, Deborah Homewood, volunteering at the Oz Day 10K race is a family tradition started by her father, Malcolm Webber 16 years ago. A former member of Sydney Cove Rotary, he was a regular volunteer at sporting events around the city for many years, including both the Oz Day Wheelchair Race and the Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open. Ms Homewood has been personally involved in the wheelchair race for the past four years and this year brought along her daughter, Sarah, to share the experience. “This is a great way to start Australia Day. Being based at Sydney Cove, this race is right in the heart of our community and we see it as a privilege to come along and support the athletes both as safety marshals and to cheer them on,” she said. “This is what Rotary is all about. It’s about community, about participating, having fun and meeting great people. “Watching the wheelchair athletes was simply inspiring. It doesn’t matter what challenges you face or how you’re different – you can still participate in life. This race reminds us that we can overcome any obstacle and live a full life, regardless of our circumstances.” It was a family affair for the Homewoods. While Deb and Sarah were marshalling the wheelchair race, Deb’s husband Mick Ash was competing in the Australia Day Harbour Swim off the Opera House steps. Deb is currently training to compete in the annual Sydney triathlon, to be held in April this year and has put together a team of Rotarians and Rotaractors to participate in the race.The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information on Rotary Club of Sydney Cove visit www.sydneycoverotary.com or contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ### Rotary Charity Regatta Sets Sail for the Sydney Children’s Hospital 2011-10-28T03:27:20Z rotary-charity-regatta-sets-sail-for-the-sydney-children-s-hospital 31 October 2011, SYDNEY - Nearly 35 companies will take to the water on Friday 11 November to compete in the 17th annual Rotary Charity Regatta in support of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick.The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, which organises the event, is predicting a record turnout for the race of 50 yachts, each of which is sponsored by a local business.Club President, Deborah Homewood, said the lion’s share of funds raised on the day will be donated to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick to help establish the first 24 hour paediatric operating theatre in NSW. “Last year’s event enabled Sydney Cove Rotary to contribute $91,000 to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick’s Diabetes Service to pay for insulin pumps for children suffering from diabetes,” she said. “This year we hope to raise even more so that we can fund the purchase of essential equipment for the hospital’s new operating theatre.” Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network CEO, Elizabeth Koff, said the money from this year’s Rotary Charity Regatta will be used to purchase a new operating table and a diathermy machine. “This critical apparatus will enable us to furnish a full time operating theatre, the only 24 hour paediatric surgical service available in NSW, revolutionising the care we can provide to our children,” she said. Since its inception 17 years ago, the regatta has raised over $2.8 million for various charities, of which more than $1 million has gone to The Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. Many of Sydney’s biggest companies are lining up to sponsor a yacht and set sail this year, including AAPT, Allianz Australia Insurance, Captain Cook Cruises, Centennial Coal, Checkpoint Software Technologies, Jones Lang LaSalle and PacNet, to name just a few. They and their guests will be hosted on some of the best yachts to call Sydney home, including Wild Oats X, Brindabella, Loki and Vanguard. Each yacht comes equipped with a working crew, enabling the sponsoring companies to choose between playing an active role or just sitting back to enjoy the race at their leisure. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is grateful to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in RushcuttersBay for providing its expertise in running the race, which will begin at 3.00pm. The event will conclude with the annual trophy presentation at the club that evening. Among its many charity initiatives, Sydney Cove Rotary Club also supports the CYCA Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trust, donating $15,000 from the proceeds of last year’s regatta. The SOLAS Trust was established after the tragic events of the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to assist the needy families of those lost at sea during yacht races, provide assistance to search and rescue organisations, and foster research and training to improve safety at sea. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information on Rotary Club of Sydney Cove visit www.sydneycoverotary.com or contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ### Women Drive Results at Sydney Cove Rotary Club 2011-08-31T02:37:21Z women-drive-results-at-sydney-cove-rotary-club At a time when Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world in relation to female representation on boards and in executive management, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is showing how it’s done. The Club’s new President, Deborah Homewood, is no stranger to leadership. The CEO of PACNET Australia New Zealand, she has also held senior roles in AT&T, Telstra and Motorola, as well as winning the NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award in 2005. As President, Deborah oversees the Club’s various activities and projects to maximise the value of its contribution to different charities and community events. Women also head up the Club’s Administration, Service Projects, Membership and Public Relations divisions. Ms Homewood said she is proud to lead a team that enjoys a more equitable gender spread. “When you consider that in corporate Australia last year, only 8.4 per cent of board positions were held by women, then the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is way ahead of the curve,” she said. “As a worldwide organisation, Rotary only opened its doors to women members in 1987, so to have women hold six of our 10 current board positions shows a real willingness to embrace changes that benefit our members and the community.” Meeting on a Captain Cook Cruise boat at Circular Quay (Pier 6) each Friday morning for breakfast, the Sydney Cove Club boasts a strong business membership of over 90 active members. Being one of Australia’s highest performing Rotary Clubs, Sydney Cove supports a wide variety of charities and contribution projects ranging from Polio Eradication and the Sydney Children’s Hospital through to work with the homeless, providing Internet Cafes in Australia and overseas, along with support for major sporting and community events like the ABC’s Wrap with Love project. The Club’s marquee fundraising event is the Regatta held each November, in conjunction with the Cruising Yacht Club, that has raised over $2.8 million since its inception in 1993. At last years Regatta, the Club raised $181,000 for charity projects, from which it contributed $91,000 to the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information on Rotary Club of Sydney Cove visit www.sydneycoverotary.com or contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ###