Thank you from BayCISS - one of Rotary Club of Brighton's Charities

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Making a difference in Bayside

The Rotary Club of Brighton are very proud of the financial support and volunteering expertise we are able to provide local and international charities. The primary program that the Rotary Club of Brighton funds is the BayCISS Education Support Program which helps disadvantaged families in the Bayside area by helping fund essential school expenses.  Our Club has recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from BayCISS...But some of you might ask, "Who are they?" and "What do they do?"...

Bayside Community Information & Support Service (BayCISS) is a registered not for profit community charity that provides a range of services for community members living in the Bayside and Kingston Local Government areas. Established in 2006, BayCISS provides information and support including counselling, legal advice and tax help to all community members in the Bayside and Kingston local government areas. They also provide advocacy, referral and emergency relief to low income and vulnerable clients in these areas. BayCISS is now the only government funded provider of emergency relief based in Bayside and the northern section of Kingston and looks to how it can continue to provide quality and effective services into the future.

BayCISS operates a Community Information Service in Hampton East and the Castlefield Community Centre and Neighbourhood House in Hampton. Their services are free or low cost to enable access to all community members. 

Brighton Rotary have received the pictured Certificate of Appreciation. Not only have we been able to help with our FUNdraising, but our volunteers* have been recently involved with the Bayside Family Christmas Event hosted by Hampton RSL and Brighton Rotary which was held with great success, with a fabulous combined effort as a joint venture by several community groups BayCISS, Family Life, Hampton Rotary, Bayside Council Youth Services and some of Bayside’s finest from VIC Police.

Some of Bayside’s less fortunate families (Kids and carers) were invited to take part in some festive cheer. Due to the extreme heat, lawn bowls were exchanged for carpet bowls inside, Jenga and Snakes & Ladders. Fun for young and old with everyone getting into the facepainting and some amazing art classes before a traditional Christmas Dinner.

Santa (or some may know him as Bayside Citizen of the Year 2018) gave all the good girls and boys presents. Big thanks to Eddie McGarry did an amazing job sourcing some from Moose Toys, and some donations from Bunnings, but the majority came from money donated. Over 200+ kids in Bayside, found something extra in their stocking with surplus toys left over donated to BayCISS and through Bayside Police Taskforce Alexis to families who are largely victims of domestic violence.

* Certificate of Appreciation - is an acknowledgement for the financial support, volunteer expertise and a big shout out to all Santa’s Little Helpers from Brighton Rotary - Eddie McGarry, Jan Eriksen and Wendy Davis who have been doing amazing things and working tirelessly behind the scenes and supporting Jo Kwok (Project Manager). Also Alan Jarrot, Barry Hickman and Sally Hoffman, Bill and Stuart who braved the heat to come and lend a hand on the day.

Want to get involved?

Brighton Rotary run a number of iconic events in the Bayside area - the Great Australia Day Swim, The Bayside Art Show, Night of Stars and the Brighton Lunch. These events contribute to the significant FUNdraising efforts that Brighton Rotary undertakes. On many of these events the money supports named charitable organisations (such as The Les Twentyman Foundation, Maddie Riewoldt's Vision, Australian Rotary Health, RCD Foundation plus many more) but funds raised also go to supporting other Rotary Club of Brighton charities such as BayCISS. The forementioned events are all run by volunteers, and supported by sponsors, donors and participants. It's a great way to promote your business through sponsorship or by donating to our events. If you're interested in how you might get involved, please contact Jo on

The next upcoming not-to-be-missed Brighton Rotary events are  Night of Stars and the Brighton Lunch. Click on the link for more info or to get tickets!

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