IT’s time to sharpen your brains and head out to be a winner.
The Rotary Club of Eaglehawk is holding a trivia night to support its Rotary Orphan Student Exchange program.
Under the ROSE program Rotary sponsors students from the Pattaya Orphanage in Thailand and from the Father Ray Foundation, a home for street kids, in Pattaya.
Selected students attend school for eight months in Bendigo with a view to returning to their homes to take on leadership roles.
Blue from Rotary’s first scheme has since graduated with honours in Thai, Chinese and English, and is visiting Bendigo on holiday.
“ROSE has given me choice,” she said.
“I can now make my own decisions in life.”
Girton Grammar student Annie is still in the program and alongside her education is learning about the Australian way.
“I am finding out about family life,” she said.
“My host family is amazing, and we’ve been to Sydney, too.”
Girton has backed the project by offering four-year scholarships.
“With three years of education you can change lives,” Girton principal Matthew Maruff said.
“We are happy to be involved.”
The fundraiser trivia night will be held at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Friday, August 31 at 7pm.
Rotary’s Club of Eaglehawk’s Howard Osborne is hoping to top the numbers from last year.
“We raised $8500 in 2011, it would be good to hit $10,00 this year,” he said.
“We had 250 attend last year, this year we’d like 300.”
Tickets are $20 per person on tables of 10. BYO drinks and nibbles. Supper is provided.For more details and to book, call John on 0419 113 065.