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First and Third Sundays of each Month at 7:30 pm online
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Andrew Woodward
Aug 15, 2021 7:30 PM
RAWCS CEO
Jacob Stein
Sep 19, 2021 7:30 PM
Robert Stein Wines
District Governor Lindsay May
Oct 03, 2021 7:30 PM
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A big thank you from Nepal – Serving to change lives
 
A huge shout out to the Rotary E-Club of Sydney. Without your Club’s support and David Dean as the District 9685 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2021-22, this life saving project would not have come to fruition.
 
The Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley joined forces with the Rotary Club of Rudramati Kathmandu Nepal to lodge a Global Grant application to purchase medical equipment which will relieve the distress on hospitals due to the ravages of COVID-19. The impact of the COVID-19 Delta strain saw the lack of oxygen needed by hospitals to treat highly infected patients.
 
The focus of the grant is to purchase oxygen concentrators and medical equipment for hospitals in the Kageshwori Municipality in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
We are excited to announce that Rotary International chose our application and four other applications worldwide to be the first applications to be processed under their new management system.
 
Cases in Nepal rose to over 3,000 new cases in a 24-hour period, so you can image the excitement the Rotary Club of Rudramati to be empowered to order the equipment.
 
This grant would not have been possible without The Rotary Foundation World Fund, District 9685,  and the following Rotary Clubs:  
* Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley,  
* Rotary Club of Rudramati Kathmandu, 
* Rotary Club of Gosford, 
* Rotary Club of Gosford City,
* Rotary Club of East Gosford, 
* Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney,
* Rotary Club of Epping,
* Rotary Club of Nepean.     
* Rotary Club of Macquarie Park, 
* Rotary Club of Chatswood Roseville,
* Rotary Club of Hills Kellyville,
* Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise,  
* Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond, 
                               An Oxygen Concentrator similar to those supplied 
                                                                                                              
Rotary in Action
                                                                                                               
Jan Pryor
President, Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley
RAWCS Co-Ordinator, District 9685
District 9685 Rotary Foundation Committee 2021-22
Founder:  The Didi Foundation Inc                                                                                                                          
From Alacoque and Crystal
 
 
Final Report for  Rotary Club of Lautoka Covid 19 Response Grant
From Rotary E-club Greater Sydney 2020 2021
 
This is the final report for this generous grant, and it has helped over 270 families and approximate 1200 people in the Western Division of Fiji. We are sincerely thankful for the assistance of the members of the Rotary E Club of Greater Sydney.
Fiji’s first Covid 19 case was confirmed in March and the country went into lockdown March 20 2020. Fiji did not have an Unemployment Insurance/Benefit Scheme in place and almost 50 percent of the GDP and workers made up the workforce – which then had NO Jobs and NO income. It was really a panic situation and families who generally live below or on the edge of the poverty level, where faced with starvation situations, and the Government was struggling to respond to this emergency state of being, with no end in sight.
Initially thinking 3 months of border lockdown and hygiene protocols would do the trick in ridding Covid19; now has turned into 15 months of economic crisis. Now with a recent outbreak of the more contagious strain in April 2021 (after 355 days of community covid free), and rapid infection rates and deaths – the grants funds that we held back have assisted families in surviving with some dignity and assisted in creating a more peaceful, violence free country.
We started with a target group of individuals working or connected to the tourism industry, and then issued a 2nd and 3rd essentials food parcel. The first round had vegetable seeds and garden tool assistance, to motivate the concept of self-sustainability beyond aid programs. There was some investigation into building greenhouses, however, the logistics of building and monitoring we such that we decided as a club not to do this. Fiji can grow vegs without greenhouses, and we focused on immediate needs.
During this time, our members struggled with their own job losses and sustainability, and some logistical challenges with deliveries occurred. Members experimented with the best way to source and pack the food parcels – sometimes packing themselves, and other times having the supplier put the packs together for us with the items we listed.
Community partners assisted in identifying candidates, and in delivering to families (Lautoka Rate Payers, Friends of Rotary). We obtained quotes for best rates and products and worked with 2 main suppliers: Punjas family and RB Patel Group Lautoka.
The tracking was a challenge with several members keeping names and receipts and there was a change of directors; however, it has come together now with efficiency at the end.
This Rotary year has been the greatest challenge for our small club with very new members. It was one of the worst Tropical Cyclone seasons on record with the 2020/21 season bringing in 2 level 5 cyclones within 6 weeks of each other, then a TC level 1. With Covid 19 among us and travel and volunteer restrictions, we were all stretched in looking after ourselves plus responding to aid in different Islands and communities in Fiji. From clothing collection and deliveries to communities with no roofs, clothes or and food; to School Uniform drives for those children who lost all uniforms in storms, or whose parents could not afford the new uniforms for back to school; to Covid 19 24 curfews and lockdowns recently where the government was terribly slow to respond with emergency rations, particularly in the rural towns.
Proud, and exhausted we managed to grow our club from 8 to 15 members this Rotary year. We have implemented online club meetings and board meetings, held in person meetings when we could, and just all did ‘what we could, when we could’, in a safe manner.
We were able to deliver the 2020 food parcels in person, however, the to ensure safety of Members and recipients and abide by the Fiji Covid Lockdown and curfew rules, we decided to issue Food Vouchers for the final round of food and sundry aid for this project. The vouchers only allowed for food and house sundries at the RB Patel in Lautoka and the store manager was greatly helpful in confirming identification and having a signing system at the store. With the lockdown of the Lautoka Hospital in May, over 400 patients and staff were left with not enough. We tailored several of the packs to provide adult diapers and newborn baby and mom supplies with the grant funds – and so grateful for the ability to respond. Without these generous funds our club and members would not have the ability to help and feel despair.
Hundreds of photos have been taken and many posted on our Facebook, however, the confidentiality of some had to be respected. We are hoping you were able to see these posts and will share more as we distribute the final round of aid from this project.
We have attached the financial reporting summary and receipts for your records. Please ask for any clarifications and accept our apology for the late reporting. Note. Receipts in Fiji tend to fade quickly due to the ink used, so some are faint. With unexpected covid lockdowns and curfews, our members have been separated from work, computers, and documents and have not had reliable internet service etc.
There is so much more to say about the experience we have had during this Covid 19 virus pandemic and Tropical Cyclone events of 2020 and 2021 – it has been the challenge of this Presidents’ life. On behalf of our club members and our community – BULA VINAKA- THANK YOU SO MUCH. Bless you all for your generosity!
Yours in Rotary, Crystal Bouchard
President - Rotary Club of Lautoka Fiji 2020/21
For full details see in Read more
The Big Red 100 Bus.  Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand
 
Rotary was involved in the formation of the United Nations.
 
 
Here is an Utube recording of a webinar connecting Rotary and the United Nations.
It is 3 hours long but judicious moving through the presentation is advised.
 
Some facts:
Rotary has a seat in the General Assembly of the United Nations in recognition of the efforts of its membership to foster goodwill and peace across national boundaries. Rotary is the world's largest Non-Government Foundation providing educational and humanitarian aid.
 
We should be so proud of our place - we should let everyone know of our unique position in the UN.
 
For details of our involvement click here
Please consider donating to our Club-Sponsored Projects
 
The E-Club of Greater Sydney is proud to sponsor a variety of registered projects around the world through
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS).
These are managed and supported by our own club members.

Spread Joy by Donating to Our Projects

sewAID to developing countries, Worldwide - (RAWCS: 22-2006-07)
 
To offer selected poor women in developing countries the opportunity to sew &
also provide them with machines, equipment & skills they need to start a small home business. Micro loans are provided to recipients who require them.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
School for Life, Uganda - (RAWCS: 7-2009-10)
The School for Life Foundation(previously known as United Future Foundation), focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty
through education and the construction of Katuuso, a combined primary school and vocational training centre in Mpigi Uganda
To donate, click here
 
Medical Equipment for Hospitals,  Worldwide - (RAWCS: 47-2009-10)    
 
Worldwide project to fund the supply of Ultrasounds, Foetal Heart Monitors & other new medical equipment for hospitals in countries with limited resources.  
 
 
To donate, click here
 
 
 
Reproductive Health in Karen State, Thailand - (RAWCS: 26-2019-20)
 
The Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) was established in 2006 in response to the increasing number of children on the Thai-Burma border who required complex
medical treatment that was simply not available. Many thousands of complex surgeries have been provided since. BCMF has also branched out into direct activities in
Karen State, including dissemination of Reproduction Health information in schools and communities in jungle regions of the State. This project will train community
health workers and provide RH information and services to all relevant persons in the Ler Per Her districts (approx. 15,000), together with providing wheelchairs &
training in expanding & maintaining the chairs. Wheel chairs will be donated by Wheelchairs For Kids - Project set up by RC of Scarborough WA.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
The United Mission Hospital, Tansen, Nepal - (RAWCS: 78-2018-19) 
 
 
To supply funding & medical equipment to The United Mission Hospital, Tansen, Nepal
 
The Hospital has a capacity of 169 beds, and in 2020, over 400 staff treated 113,246 patients in clinics, 17,381 emergency patients treated, 12,721 admissions (79.48% bed occupancy rate), 1,952 deliveries, 6,265 surgeries, and 8,522 town clinic visits. Over 2,000 visits require treatment paid by charity or are given credit. The Medical Assistance Fund (MAF) provides charity to the poorest patients. Each year the Hospital is seeing more and more patients in need of assistance, hence reducing funds to purchase much needed equipment. (2020 Newsletter).      http://www.tansenhospital.org.np/
 
The Hospital, founded in 1954, is located at Tansen, 1,350 metres above sea level in the mountainous Palpa District serving an area of nearly a million people. “The hospital is placed in a beautiful area crowded with poor people struggling to survive”.
 
 
 
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
Mama Wimbi Buntings for Independence and Education, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - (RAWCS: 103-2017-18)
 
DRC is one of the few countries which does not provide its citizens with ANY free education, even at primary level. Paid employment is in very short supply and is often so underpaid that even teachers who work 6 days a week survive by begging. We plan to establish an export business to enable mothers to support their families using the sewing skills that they already have. We plan to teach local people the skills to manage international marketing via the internet so that the business will become independent of outside support.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supporting Disadvantaged Children and Community of Siem Reap, Cambodia - (RAWCS: 1-2016-17)
 
To provide educational, vocational and outreach support for the disadvantaged children and community of Siem Reap serviced by Feeding Dreams Cambodia.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Building a Healthy Congo,  Democratic Republic of Congo - (RAWCS: 47-2015-16)
 
To support the development of quality higher education and medical care in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Université Protestante au Congo and selected
educational and medical institutions.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cararoo Foundation in partnership with Rotary Community Corps Manggahan Merville, Philippines - (RAWCS: 29-2005-06)
 
To educate & train the poorest of poor communities to be self-sufficient. Working in partnership with Rotary Club Makati Dasmarinas to educate the community in good
health, dental as well as HIV, Drugs and family planning.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lotumbe Community Development Project, Democratic Republic of the Congo - (RAWCS: 20-2013-14)
 
To provide sustainable improvements to existing health and education services for villagers, and the well-being of women in Lotumbe, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rotary Australia World Community Service and other project partners, work with the Lotumbe community on a wide range of capacity building projects. These include sustainable beekeeping, women's micro credit, duck eggs and fruit sales that help pay for orphans' schooling, and agriculture. In spite of being accessible only by canoe or forest paths, Lotumbe is a rural hub, with K-12 schools (approx. 1000 students) and a reference hospital. A population of 87,976 accesses these social services.
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kisaru Nkera Initiatives (KINI), Trans Mara, Kenya - (RAWCS: 72-2012-13)
 
To help Masai children and their communities to a better life through education, health care services and community programs at Trans Mara, Kenya
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maternal & Child Health Project (MACH), Worldwide - (RAWCS: 17-2014-15)
 
To provide funding for programs to provide Maternal & Child Health projects in Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, PNG, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia and Bangladesh
 
To Donate, Click Here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sustainable Villages Project, Oecusse, Timor-Leste - (RAWCS: 50-2011-12)
 
To assist villages in the Oecusse area, Timor-Leste in environmental challenges impacting on health and livelihood.
Specifically reducing the incidence of infant mortality & disease by improving food supplies, water, sanitation & the environment.
 
To donate, click here.
 
 
 
Refugee Mental Health Initiative program (RABS) - (RAWCS: 85-2020-21)
Refugee Mental Health Initiative program provides support to minimize the impacts of post-traumatic stress, isolation, financial stress, domestic violence and marginalization in the community.
Support is provided by GLAPD (Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development) agency providing case workers, employment assistance, driving lessons, youth sports programs, seniors’ outings,
food pantry, learning English, literacy & computer skills.
 
 
To donate, click here.
 
 
The Gift Project, Nigeria - (RAWCS: 96-2020-21)
To help Nigerians suffering from extreme poverty and under- privileged members of the communities who find it difficult to access medical treatment. Combining the provision of donated
medical equipment with the training of local health care workers to enable local Nigerian communities to be able to have access to quality medical facilities. Assisting with the provision of
equipment to maternity and Neo-natal wards will improve maternal and child health and help reduce the infant mortality rate. Providing a steady and regular medical outreach in rural
communities will help to identify members of the community who have serious medical issues and need urgent medical attention. Surgical interventions will also be organized for more
serious issues.
 
 
To donate, click here.
 
 
 
 
Our club also conducts service projects in the Greater Sydney area, primarily to assist students and young adults with leadership and development projects.  These projects do not qualify as tax deductible activities, but your support would be gratefully received.
 
To make a contribution, please click here.
 
For more about Rotary Australia World Community Service, please watch this short video!
 
 
 
 
 
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