Honey fundraiser gets group off to sweet start

By Vanessa Wiltshire

OUR town has a new service organisation — Kiwanis Heathcote. It is part of a broader network called Kiwanis International. The focus of the movement is to empower communities to improve the world by making a lasting difference in the lives of children.

Heathcote Kiwanis is led by a team of young passionate change-makers, including president Jaclyn Doley, president elect Milind Tayade, secretary Aish Bannagare and treasurer Alicia Malavisi.

All are under 32 years of age.

Since its inception last month the club already has 25 members.

Kiwanis board mentor Sandra Slatter said she was proud and pleased to see younger community members stepping up for new challenges.

“They are ready and they are keen to help make a difference,” Sandra said.

Jaclyn Doley said that she was excited for an opportunity to give back to her community.

“I am a young mother and was raised in Heathcote myself,’’ she said. “ I am nervous as this is new. But we have some fantastic mentors to guide and support us.’’

The Kiwanis vision is to provide a positive influence in communities worldwide so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and give them the support they need to thrive.

Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Division 7 (Kiwanis Bendigo) Brin Pedetri is thrilled to sponsor this new vibrant club.

“We look forward to supporting them with some of the exciting initiatives they have planned,’’ he said.

Kiwanis Heathcote already has its first fundraising activity up and running: selling honey from the Bee Good company.

Made in the pristine Tasmanian Tarkine region, the honey has numerous health benefits and will be available at Bunbunarik Children’s Hub, plus other locations in Heathcote.

“We know that Heathcote residents love their honey,” Sandra Slatter said.

“Come and try it for yourself. You’ll be helping our local children in the process.”

“Honey sales are just one way the Heathcote Kiwanis will raise funds for some exciting initiatives,” Sandra said.

“Overall Heathcote Kiwanis is making a difference in the lives of our children,” Jaclyn said.

‘‘Why don’t you come along to see what it’s all about?’’

To find out more contact Jaclyn Doley at [email protected]