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E-Club of Greater Sydney

Service above Self

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Sundays at 7:30 PM
We meet using ZOOM
Please email secretary @ rotarygreatersydney.org
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Online, NSW
First and Third Sundays of each Month at 7:30 pm online
Upcoming Events
June 2021
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Member Birthdays:
  • Rojal Shrestha
    June 13
  • Margaret Dean
    June 17
  • Dave Rickards
    June 19
  • Barbara Parkins
    June 30
Join Date:
  • Dudley Mercer
    June 24, 1992
    29 years
  • Maurice "Maurie" Schokman
    June 30, 2005
    16 years
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On May 22 a volcano in Goma, a city of 2 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo, erupted. Lava flows and earth tremors caused thousands to flee to neighbouring Rwanda and other havens. https://www.facebook.com/135002153217459/videos/293293472459849We We are happy to report that our colleague, Dr Muller Mundenga - the only Congolese emergency medicine specialist in Goma - is safe and has re-opened his emergency department at HEAL Africa Hospital.
HandUp Congo has facilitated RAWCS project # 47 / 2015-16  “Building a Healthy Congo” which has included training at HEAL Africa Hospital by Sydney-based emergency medicine specialist Dr Vera Sistenich. Vera leads the Building a Healthy Congo initiative and works closely with Dr Muller to mentor the medical community in the DRC about what is a new discipline in that nation of 90 million people. Vera served as a catalyst to found the DRC Emergency Medicine Association www.amurdc.org. HandUp Congo is a project partner and helps develop continuous medical education online.
To learn more about this initiative and how you might get involved, contact Lucy Hobgood-Brown on handupcongo@gmail.com or go to Emergency Medicine — Handup Congo.
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
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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
RI Great Britain & Ireland
News from Margaret Blowey
RC Manchester Breakfast UK
 In the last twelve months in RiGB&I we have had some really good webinars, all of which can be found on the Youtube site. The Together Talks have been great, one every two weeks, with some great speakers. Here are some links

Foundation Support Session – Peace Centers with Jill Gunter & Sarah Cunningham
This was another excellent event with two wonderful speakers explaining how the Peace Centers work, and how the candidates are chosen.
Peace Seminar last month If you weren’t able to attend, here is the link to the recording. https://youtu.be/S7cBp1aiqs4
Please consider donating to our Club-Sponsored Projects
The E-Club of Greater Sydney is proud to sponsor a variety of projects around the world through Rotary Australia World Community Service.
These are managed and supported by our own club members.

Spread Joy by Donating to Our Projects

sewAID to developing countries Worldwide
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
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 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)
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 (RAOAF)
To supply funding & medical equipment to The United Mission Hospital, Tansen, Nepal
To Donate, Click Here
Mama Wimbi Buntings for Independence and Education, DRC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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