The Quota Club of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta decided to do something in our community that was not a fundraising event, but a service project. The idea came to have a display of Poppies at our local Returned Soldiers League (RSL) for World War One Veterans. To honour the RSL, we asked the President if we could create the display at their Remembrance Day Service on 11/11 at 11 am. We were greeted with open arms.
It was then time for us to knit and crochet the poppies. Quotarians started the project, and soon after we were joined by friends from our exercise and quilting classes who wanted to lend helping hands with knitting. Most of the helpers even turned up to view the display on the day. In the end, we made 1,327 poppies.
On Remembrance Day we joined nearly 200 returned soldiers for a two-course lunch funded by the Twin Towns Service Club. The RSL Sub Branch President, was so impressed that we were asked to do a similar display on Anzac Day in 2016 this is to be discussed.
Our club was very happy with our result, and this project opened up the opportunity for us to speak with locals and visitors about Quota International. This project started when one member had an idea and shared it, so let us all display the meaning of the word Quota and “SHARE.”
Submitted by Janet Ahrens, Region 11 Director
The Quota International South Pacific Area Scholarship recipients show that the benefits of the scholarship reward local communities, and reach far and wide.
The Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship was established by Quota International clubs in Australia and New Zealand many years ago. Chosen by the trustees and a dedicated committee and supported by donations from clubs, a scholarship is awarded annually to persons working/associated with speech and hearing development. Two previous recipients attended the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Symposium and presented on behalf of the Hear & Say Centre. The Centre enables families in Australia to give their children with hearing loss the resources they need to be successful. The recipients of the Scholarship use their expertise to produce innovative research that supports the deaf and makes a difference in the lives they touch.
To understand and appreciate what a difference the Scholarship makes in the lives of the recipients report on their achievements, observations and aspirations. The 2015 recipient, Alexandra Crosbie, is a Habilitation Manager at The Hearing House, a charity that provides cochlear implants, hearing aids, and auditory-verbal therapy free of charge to children with hearing loss.
Learn more about Alexandra and her work on the Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship website.
Submitted by Denise Rowell,Committee Member, Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship
Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at: www.quotainternational.org/.
The Hearing House is a charity for deaf children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Our mission is to enable deaf or hearing-impaired children to listen and speak like their hearing peers. We aim to give deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids the ability to fulfil their potential and live an independent life in a hearing and speaking world. The Hearing House serves the needs of hundreds of hearing impaired children and their families from Kaitaia to Turangi. Learn more about how cochlear implants are changing the lives of deaf children all over the world by visiting: www.hearinghouse.co.nz/.