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Shared experience: Patterson River Secondary College students Laura Mahoney, left, and Emily Hibberd, teach dental hygiene to primary pupils at a school at Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Students can enrol for ‘trip of a lifetime’ ROTARY’S Alternative Schoolies trip to Cambodia is leaving on 26 November and is open to students graduating from year 12. The cross cultural visit will take the students to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap where they will volunteer for various projects. Rotary past president Judy Rebecca said funds from a 2014-15 schoolies trip provided money for a classroom to be built, and toilets and running water installed. Student also teach English and dental hygiene, help with gardening or whatever jobs are needed. Students also experience all of the South-East Asian country’s cultural highlights, as well as such sombre realities as the genocide museum and the killing fields, where they learn about Pol Pot’s regime and gain an understanding of

the recent history of this poor country. They also visit the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, enjoy the local cuisine and have a lot of fun. The Rotary Club of Frankston Long Island has been running this alternative Schoolies program since 2010. It has now amalgamated with the Rotary Club of Frankston Peninsula 2.0. Ms Rebecca described the annual trip as “a fantastic life changing experience”. The $3600 cost “includes everything”. “Our past students are only too happy to talk about the impact these trips have had on them,” she said. “It has changed their lives.” An information night will be held at 7pm, Monday 24 April, at Langwarrin Community Centre in Warrandyte Rd.

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standalone or non-aligned VFL club and offered an important gateway for young players – especially from Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula – to enter AFL ranks from their local clubs. “The chances of young players getting a game each week with us is much greater than at the aligned clubs, such as Sandringham or Casey; we offer 23 positions each week.” “We have got all of the Mornington Peninsula and south-east Victoria – it’s a huge catchment but we will have to fight hard for it,” he said. “Kids playing junior footy, say in Frankston or the Mornington Peninsula, can go on to play for the Dandenong Stingrays but, after that, there needs to be an elite level of football – which we say is the Dolphins. “That will be part of our presentation to the AFL.” Buckenara said the south-east region of Victoria had the highest football participation rate in Australia. He said the Dolphins had produced 240 VFL/AFL players – more than any other club. Those to have gone on to become big names include John Coleman, Leigh Matthews and Dermot Brereton, as well as Bulldog’s premiership coach Luke Beveridge and players Matthew Boyd and Tory Dickson, Tiger Sam Lloyd and Essendon’s Mark Baguley and Michael Hibberd.

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Continued from Page 1 The Dolphins debt has been brought down to a more manageable $410,000 over four years “which gives us a fighting chance”. The club is aiming for 1000 members by the time of the AFL presentation – up from 350 now – which he believes would be the largest of any VFL club. “That would give us something to crow about and would certainly turn heads,” Buckenara said. He said “a lot” of commitments from sponsors for 2018 depended on getting the playing licence renewed, and that the Frankston Council had approved a naming rights sponsor for Frankston Park to be announced on 31 April. “We offer fantastic opportunities for sponsors and anyone can get their name linked to the club.” He hinted that Frankston-based South East Water would be an ideal fit, given its presence in the town and links to supporters. Buckenara, who lives at Rosebud, said the club’s strengths were based on having a stable nine-member board, with AFL life member and long-time football administrator Ian Dicker, of Mt Eliza, acting as an advisor. “We have put the past behind us and are going forward as a new entity,” he said. He said the Frankston Dolphins were the only

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