STAR Thrower Beach Retreat is a joint project with the Rotary Club of Bendigo and is designed for rural women of Central and Northern Victoria who would benefit from a few days by the ocean, away from the stresses of living daily with the effects of natural disasters…. droughts, floods, and bushfires. We know many rural women are doing it tough, and we want to make a positive difference. One rural woman at a time will stay in the home of another woman in the Queensliff/Point Lonsdale area. Our rural women guests will have a caring, pampering experience, choosing from a variety of relaxing options for 3 days and 3 nights. Rotarians want to contribute in a personal, meaningful, positive way beyond the very necessary financial support.  We want to demonstrate, in a practical way, that we have empathy for what rural women are going through.
Why STAR Thrower?
 
The STAR Thrower Beach Retreats Project was inspired by a story by Loren E Eiseley. This is the essence of the story:
 
Thousands of starfish had been washed onto a sandy beach and a boy was picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.  Eiseley observed for a while and then asked the boy why throwing a few back into the ocean would make any difference whatsoever when there were thousands more on the beach.  
The boy picked up a starfish and, as he threw it back, said “It’s going to make a lot of difference to this one”.
Obviously inspired by what the boy was doing, Eiseley spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish back into the sea.