In 2000 the Rotary Club of Morialta met June and her son Damien at a Christmas Party for CARA (Community Accommodation and Respite Agency) at Woodville, where the Club was providing a BBQ. The Club heard that June was going to start a Disco for young people with disabilities and their families and offered to assist by paying for a DJ and the cost of hiring a venue.
The first Disco was held in January 2001, followed by another in November 2001. There was one held every year and the Club provided the ever popular sausage sizzle as well. 2009 was the tenth Disco and we’re are all very proud to have been involved.
Fifty people attended the first Disco this then increased to 200 at future events.
June and her family and friends spent months sourcing and preparing prizes for the raffles which everyone looked forward to. The sale of tickets for these prizes enabled the project to be run at virtually no cost and sometimes at a profit. June has also spent time negotiating new venues when required and decorated the hall each year with decorations she has made herself. All this while responsible for the care of her now adult son Damien who lives with her.
June promoted the Disco and Rotary through her son’s school and among the many people she knows who also have a family member with a disability. Many of these people donated prizes and assisted with preparation on the night. The Club assisted with the cost of items such as tea, coffee, milk, hall hire, DJ and BBQ.
The 2008 Disco had about twelve volunteers from the Rotary Club. Three of June’s friends helped put together the prizes. Alistair and his wife Robyn donated donuts and Alistair spent the night as a clown giving out gifts that June collected throughout the year. Another young lady called Emma (who June has met through the Disability Day Options program) also assisted as a clown. It was quite easy to become involved by just by meeting June, just ask her hairdresser and local bakery!
Five young people came as Star Wars characters as they also did the previous year. They were very popular and they enjoyed the evening themselves. Great to see these young adults spending their Saturday night for the benefit of others.
Cakes were donated by Farmhouse Bakery at Holden Hill (arranged by June). Four of June’s friends worked in the kitchen serving out the sausage sandwiches, tea, coffee and cordial. They also helped with setting up the hall and cleaning up afterwards.
The raffle raised about $1000. There were 40 large baskets of donated gifts with several smaller ones.
Unfortunately we had the final Disco in November 2010 and we now assist STAR Volunteering run their own disco.
Rotary Club of Morialta were proud to award June a Paul Harris Fellowship.