Knitted Bears for students
Guest Speaker – Our member Kate shared her recent Cambodian trip. Travelling with three school friends including Past President of Moonah, Charmaine White, they were able to visit the two schools and village that Anne and her husband support through their charity Raise Cambodia. The country is still recovering from the Pol Pot genocide in the seventies. Most of the middle class intellectuals were murdered, leaving a “Brain Drain” and the encouragement of education is much needed to alleviate the generational poverty that still exists. Taskor village is across the river from Phnom Penh city, often floods and has no fresh water.
Family living in Dump Community
Raise has installed a water pump to bring fresh water from the underground spring and a toilet, which has to service 50O homes. The SALT School is run by a married Cambodian couple and twenty of the 100 students live at the school and are cared for by this amazing couple. RAISE funds this school since the organisation that originally built the school withdrew its support. The School of Hope in Phnom Penh is a small school run a young Christian couple to provide basic education to the local children that live and work in the Dump Communities. These families scavenger through rubbish for salvage to sell. Parents are slowly allowing the children to attend the school a few hours a week. The children enjoy the interaction and many are encouraged to continue on with education. It was a busy week and included a visit to the amazing Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. However, without doubt the highlight was the interaction with the beautiful Cambodian children and seeing what great work Raise is doing. Our suitcases were full of donated uniforms, knitted bears and the much needed educational items. Many thanks for the support of the Club with a $200 donation to Raise. It will be used wisely and with much gratitude.
President Barry cooking the Xmas Snags
Another year comes to a close and of course Xmas means Carols by Candlelight. Community Carols are now held at Ogilvy High School and again this year we happily provided the BBQ. A good crowd attended enjoying the entertainment and Xmas festivities. Many thanks to BBQ Queen Glenyse for her year long efforts and the volunteers who help her.
The Club’s Xmas celebration was held at Cooley’s Hotel. Lunch and laughs were enjoyed by members and partners along with an amusing end of year inspiration by our President Barry. Looking forward to another active Rotary year in 2019.
On the 23rd October 2018 Glenyse attended the Safe Communities Young People Awards run in conjunction with the Glenorchy City Council and Rotary Club of Moonah. This was held at the Montrose Bay High School involving 68 students from 13 Northern Suburbs Schools. The children are nominated by their School to acknowledge their good work in the School and Community. This event has had a name change from the Junior Neighbourhood Support Program and has been running for 12 years. About 130 proud parents and friends attended, coming along to support their children. Moonah Rotary is proud to be the major sponsor for this important event.
Dg Ross and Penny Carlyle with President Barry and the club’s food donations
A warm welcome to District Governor Ross Carlyle and First Lady Penny for their first visit to our club. The DG gave a very informative Power Point Presentation addressing the important issues for Rotary. It is currently undergoing significant change as it seeks to become more relevant to contemporary society and attractive to the next Rotary Generation. His wife Penny has been running a Food Drive for the City Mission. Over the last year 4 million Australians, many of them the “Working Poor”, have needed help from Charity Organisations. It is a credit to Penny and the many Rotarians who have already donated over 3000 food items. Another example of ROTARY – PEOPLE IN ACTION
The Planting with PIP Ian Riseley
Rotary International World President Ian Riseley’s 2017-2018 presidential theme involved environment and sustainability. He said “the time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern – it is, and must be, everyone’s concern” President Ian’s challenge to all Rotary Clubs of Australia was to plant a tree for each Rotarian. Many clubs have involved local schools as a reminder to students of the importance of caring for the environment. Our club decided on a Magnolia tree to be planted on behalf of the whole club at Kennerley Childrens Home(KCH) in recognition of nearly 150 years of service to children in the community. It was great timing as Ian was in Hobart attending the Rotary Australia/New Zealand Conference and was able to do the honor of planting the tree. The rain let up and members and friends gathered with Club President Barry Titmus, Past District Governor 2017 -2018 Tony Colman, the Chairman of KCH Robin Jacques OAM and General Manager KCH Andrea Sturges. As the Magnolia grows and flourishes it should be a continual reminder of our need to protect this precious environment of ours for the future generations. Rotary again being the Inspiration.
PP Ted Burton with Barry demonstrating the SkyHydrant
Our Guest Speaker PP Ted Burton was introduced to talk about Smart Aid and the Safe Water Program. Smart Aid is an initiative of Disaster Aid Australia which was established to provide emergency relief aid. Tents were provided for shelter but eventually the tent cities became a problem. Smart Aid was then introduced to involve the affected community in the solution to their needs and then responding accordingly. Building supplies etc are sourced locally giving the locals a sense of purpose and supporting the local economy. Safe Water Solutions: Ted gave a fascinating demonstration as to the use of the SkyHydrant Water Filtration system. Australian made, the SkyHydrant is a proven sustainable method of removing all bacteria and dirt, produces 1000 litres of safe water an hour and will last 10 years. Villages using them have a proven decrease in dysentery. 120 schools in Bhutan have been identified as needing safer water to prevent widespread illness. Costing $5000 to provide each school, the project is needing to raise $1 million dollars and Disaster Aid is looking for sponsorship from clubs and organisations. Muriel thanked Ted for making the long journey down from Youngtown to update us on another wonderful humanitarian project initiated by Rotary.