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Thank you for Rocking Around the World with us!

Rock Around the World 2020 was nothing short of ambitious. A lap of the world raising funds to support 8 local charities was never going to be a walk in the park. In fact, the RATW movement had to step, rock, roll and run in the park to make it happen. 

And happen it did. With the other charities, we traversed a lap of the world and raised in excess of $190,000 which will keep society’s most vulnerable supported through this time.

187 registrants came from LSC&PH, which accounted for 44% of total registrants. We have been blown away by the support, which has resulted in a fundraising total continuing to grow past the $61,000 mark. This incredible team effort guarantees those effected by Covid-19 will remain included in our programs, regardless of financial situation. The Spirit of Somers is clearly alive and thriving from a distance, and we never take it for granted.

There was plenty to learn from Rock Around the World. 

It turns out we love to be out and about on two wheels, with 18 of the top 20 cyclist’s from LSC&PH. The Olds and Bolds, who have been the gatekeepers of LSC&PH’s mission for many years, demonstrated how much LSC&PH means to them – clocking in as the event’s top fundraising team. 

On the big day, we had the chance to chat to many of our finest contributing kilometres or supporting from home on the live stream. This platform would never have been possible without the extensive technical support from Jake and Jono at Moo Motion, as well as our favourite hosts Tom & Olly, who all graciously volunteered their time to help us celebrate this huge accomplishment.

 

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COVID Cleaning

Lord Somers Camp has been accredited through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, subsequently the Quality Tourism Framework (QTF), since 2014. Quality Tourism accreditation is a national business development program that ensures businesses have met a standard within their business operations, and strive to maintain and improve ethical and professional standards set and agreed to by the industry. The QTF is owned by Australian Tourism Industry Council and managed in Victoria by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC). VTIC is the peak body for Victoria’s tourism and events industry.

Lord Somers Camp was awarded status as a COVID Clean Practicing Business through the QTF on 5 June 2020, and is now eligible to use the COVID Clean Practicing Business logo to signify their commitment to upholding the standards of this accreditation module. Meeting these standards entails daily, weekly and monthly cleaning and disinfecting of all aspects of the below areas of the property, in line with Safe Work Australia guidelines, and enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices to reduce the risk of infection and minimise the risk of transmission. A COVID-19 specific risk register for the business has also been developed and approved.

  • Common Area
  • Public Bathroom
  • Accommodation
  • Reception/Office
  • Kitchen
  • Food and Beverage service area
  • Vehicles
  • Shared Equipment

Comment from Grace, Industry Development Coordinator from VTIC:

“I have no hesitation in recommending Lord Somers Camp for this grant. They have been committed to upholding the accreditation standards for the last six years and will apply the same diligence to maintaining the COVID Clean requirements.”

 

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Community Outreach Initiative project submissions open!

The Community Outreach Initiative is a volunteer-led annual working bee, often described as ‘The Block for social good’. Volunteers from Lord Somers Camp and Power House (LSC&PH) come together to donate their time and give back to our own communities who are at need. Typically the project will include work on a specific renovation, improvement or clean-up project for a youth or community focused organisation based in Victoria.

As with all of LSC&PH programs, to run COI in 2020 we need to be adaptable to the new environment and the unique challenges facing communities. Our volunteers are still primed to direct their energy into something meaningful, so we are on the hunt for local projects that require a hands-on approach.

 

Expressions of interest are now open for projects, just click the button below to head to the application form and provide us with as much information as possible about your project. If you wish to discuss the project further you can contact our team on 03 9510 7066 or by email at [email protected]

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Quarterly Connections Luncheon: at home!

This June we are unable to host our regular Quarterly Connections Luncheon, this event brings together Lord Somers Camp and Power House members and friends to reminisce about previous programs over lunch. Quarterly Connections give all members the opportunity to meet and enjoy some good food, good fun and good fellowship. In lieu of our regular luncheon, one of our program conveners John Waite prepared a short video to reflect on the years of good food, good fun and good fellowship.

 

To our regular attendees and luncheon first timers,

I do so hope you enjoy the wonderful Quarterly Connections Virtual Lunch presentation so beautifully organised by John Waite. John says he had great fun putting it all together but it seems to me it was a mammoth job and I would like to thank him publicly for all his hard work.  Going through all the photos since Quarterly Connections Luncheons began and trying to make sure every attendee was included was no mean task!!  John noted that not all attendees are included as a number were obviously camera shy thus no photographic record of them. So apologies to those of you who do not appear.  Make sure you smile at the camera next time!!

It is such a shame that we cannot be together on Wednesday but hopefully we will meet again over lunch at William Angliss in November.

We, the Committee, hope you are all keeping well and have found how innovative you can be over these challenging months.  We hope you have been keeping in touch with each other and have found much of the technology available useful.  It has been fun seeing many of you on Zoom especially those joining the Malvernvale lunches every second Tuesday.  If you haven’t joined us yet, give it a go!!

Take care everyone and enjoy the Quarterly Connections display.

Thanks again to John.

Jenny Riedel

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Rock Around the World Leaderboard: Week 4

Have you heard about Rock Around the World yet? Follow the image below to find out how LSC&PH along with 7 other charities are coming together on June 21 to virtually step, roll or rock right around the world benefiting our community’s most vulnerable.

To say THANK YOU to each of our fundraisers, each week we will be offering out 5 entries each to the top 5 LSC&PH fundraisers who will have a chance to win a days support from the Slush. The Slushie King and Slushee Queen promise that the lucky winner will get some well deserved help from a group of Slush to finish off those odd jobs around the home (social distancing restrictions allowing).

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to sign up and start Rocking Around the World!

THANK YOU to our top fundraising participants this week!

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Be Deadly recognised in HART awards!

Congratulations to Isaac and Be Deadly for being the recipients of a HART award with Reconciliation Victoria!

The HART Awards (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together), launched in 2014, recognise initiatives by local governments and community organisations that are advancing reconciliation in Victoria. Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association work in partnership to present the awards.

The Be Deadly program is a great milestone for our organisation as we continue to work toward reconciliation and greater outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What is Be Deadly @ Somers?

Lord Somers Camp and Power House (LSC&PH) through a partnership with the Be Deadly organisation, runs the Be Deadly Camp initiative. This program is focused in the development of the skills of young Indigenous children in order to enable them to achieve new heights in their lives. LSC&PH Camp Leader and “Be Deadly” founder, Isaac Young, founded the program after identifying a need in the community to foster a greater connection to Aboriginal culture.

The Be Deadly Camp program aims to strengthen our participant’s personal, social and community connection to their own culture while using their own culture as a framework for learning. Run by Indigenous leaders, the program is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers who provide meaningful community engagement for the children, while enabling them to grow their peer support network.

Our volunteers at the Be Deadly program come from an array of both Indigenous and non- Indigenous backgrounds and all contain a passion and enthusiasm for engaging our kids in Aboriginal culture. Helping run the program are experienced teachers, nurses and Indigenous educators who are dedicated to providing the best experience possible for everyone.

As many young Indigenous people face innumerable hurdles in order to succeed in life, LSC&PH and the Be Deadly program focuses on delivering outcomes of reconciliation. As a result of our programs, many attendees report a fresh connection to their culture and Aboriginal heritage.

Our leader Isaac’s strong ties to the Indigenous community and previous work at the Jindi Woraback Reconciliation Groups has given him a wealth of experience when it comes to the hiring of experienced and conscious minded volunteers. Through his leadership we have increased numbers of Indigenous heritage volunteers participating every year.

LSC&PH and Be Deadly are committed to increase Indigenous representation and participation in the organisation. The program’s target audience represents Indigenous Australians at a School level of years 7 and 8. Many of these young people participating at the Camps maintain a strong involvement with the organisations, taking part in the future Camps LSC&PH has to offer and in the future become Camp Leaders and volunteers themselves.

Be Deadly @ Somers was launched in 2018 with the second Camp running in October 2019 with primarily 80 young people aged 13-15 years old from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and 100 young LSC&PH volunteers.

The program promotes social connectedness and creates a sense of belonging and identity to help all participants strengthen their personal, social and community connection to culture. These benefits will extend to friends and families of the 160 program participants and their broader communities. The program also promotes friendships and mutual understanding amongst multicultural youth and volunteer staff which in turn leads to greater tolerance and social cohesion.

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Rock Around the World Leaderboard: Week 3

Have you heard about Rock Around the World yet? Follow the image below to find out how LSC&PH along with 7 other charities are coming together on June 21 to virtually step, roll or rock right around the world benefiting our community’s most vulnerable.

To say THANK YOU to each of our fundraisers, each week we will be offering out 5 entries each to the top 5 LSC&PH fundraisers who will have a chance to win a days support from the Slush. The Slushie King and Slushee Queen promise that the lucky winner will get some well deserved help from a group of Slush to finish off those odd jobs around the home (social distancing restrictions allowing).

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to sign up and start Rocking Around the World!

THANK YOU to our top fundraising participants this week!

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Rock Around the World Leaderboard: Week 2

Have you heard about Rock Around the World yet? This event has been created to bring together 8 Victorian charities working harder than ever to provided much needed services to our community.

Through this one day step challenge we aim to stay connected and have some fun, so on Sunday 21st June, join the thousands of Victorians will be coming together to virtually step, roll or rock right around the world benefiting our community’s most vulnerable.

To say THANK YOU to each of our fundraisers, each week we will be offering out 5 entries each to the top 5 LSC&PH fundraisers who will have a chance to win a days support from the Slush. The Slushie King and Slushee Queen promise that the lucky winner will get some well deserved help from a group of Slush to finish off those odd jobs around the home (social distancing restrictions allowing).

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to sign up and start Rocking Around the World!

THANK YOU to our top fundraising participants this week!

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The Journal goes digital

The Journal is a quarterly publication of Lord Somers Camp & Power House that has been an integral part of our association for a great many years. We very much enjoy bringing you quarterly updates on what’s happening at LSC&PH, and our intention is to continue this as always.

However, following the COVID-19 closure of Somers Camp and our resulting drop in income, the LSC&PH Board has been reviewing all overheads with a view to reducing expenditure wherever possible. With this in mind, the Board has decided to temporarily replace our printed Journal with an electronic PDF version.

In addition to reducing costs, this move will increase available funding to run our programs and activities. Of course, there are also considerable environmental benefits of reducing our carbon footprint in this way.

Members will begin receiving The Journal digitally to their email inbox from our next edition in the coming weeks. Our priority is to remain connected with our members, so if you know a member who does not have email access please contact us at [email protected] with their contact details so we can make a special effort to keep them informed through the mail through this time.

We will continue to provide further updates on this topic and hope to be able to do so soon. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding of our need to adapt in these unprecedented times.

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Rock Around the World leaderboard

We have created Rock Around the World to stay connected and have some fun, so on Sunday 21st June, join the thousands of Victorians will be coming together to virtually step, roll or rock right around the world benefiting our community’s most vulnerable.

Lord Somers Camp and Power House has connected with 7 other Victorian charities and united to create this virtual fundraising challenge which enables everyone to contribute and make a difference, without even leaving your home. In addition to counting Steps (walking or running), participants can also Rock (dance, wriggle or move) or Roll (wheelchair, cycle or skate) while tracking progress via fitness tracking apps. Together we’re aiming to lap the world, with 50 million steps, rocks or rolls collectively.

 

 

To say THANK YOU to each of our fundraisers, each week we will be offering out 5 entries each to the top 5 LSC&PH fundraisers who will have a chance to win a days support from the Slush. The Slushie King and Slushee Queen promise that the lucky winner will get some well deserved help from a group of Slush to finish off those odd jobs around the home (social distancing restrictions allowing).

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to sign up and start Rocking Around the World!

THANK YOU to our top fundraising participants this week!

 

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