Baucau Hospital needs our support Improving health care in developing countries is one of the Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus and is a project that all Rotarians are urged to consider supporting. In Australia we are lucky to have a wide range of medical equipment and supplies donated to the Donations In Kind Stores. All that Rotary Clubs need to do is find the funds to pay for the freight. East Timor is a country that deserves special consideration. It’s a new country working hard to overcome its turbulent beginning and is the poorest country in our region. Its part of an Australian District and we are the best location to service their needs. Many Victorian Rotarians are supporters and make regular visits. It is unique in the Rotary World having a Rotary Liaison officer based in Dili. The West Footscray Donations In Kind Store is the main shipping point for Australian Rotary Club shipments and there is no limit on the volume that can be shipped. We are the best location in the world to identify and service their needs.
Every child has the right to a good education, but sadly for many this is only a dream. 70,000,000 children will receive no schooling this year. Two of the key elements needed to provide education are well equipped classrooms and the things that students need. In Australia we are very fortunate to be able to replace items before they wear out and discard goods that would be very valuable in developing countries. We are working with local schools and students to donate all of the reusable material they no longer require, to be given to the teachers and students who lack these resources and who deserve our help. There are three donation areas of particular interest • Recycling the library books no longer require • End of year collection of the items students and the school no longer require • Recycling equipment that is being replaced Last year the West Footscray Donations In Kind Store shipped 45 x 20’ containers of goods overseas, the cost was $220,000+ and almost all of this was funded by Rotary Clubs. Our Club is a strong supporter of this great operation. Much of the material being collected would have become landfill if we did not provide this much better alternative. Sadly unless some without help with donations for shipping there will continue to be times when we can’t collect valuable material because there is no room to store it or funds to ship. In other states Government contributes to the shipping cost, but in Victoria we have to rely on the Community. It only cost $4 to ship a chair so a little makes a big difference. If this is an area that interests you we hope that you will join with the Rotary Club of Keilor and be partners in this great project
In East Timor there are 100,000 children without desks or chairs
This school was fully equiped with donated equipment and the Rotary Club of Keilor paid for the shipping
The Rotary Club of Keilor is proud to be an active supporter of a highly effective recycling operation managed by Donations in Kind store at West Footscray. For 50 year Rotarians have been involved in hands on projects, working overseas on Rotary Australia World Community Service Projects (RAWCS) for more information www.rawcs.org.au Our Club has been involved in many projects over the years and we are currently in the planning and fundraising stage for a project in Timor Leste. Early projects highlighted how useful surplus material in Australia could be and Rotary Clubs now have a multimillion dollar recycling operation in every state run by volunteers. In the past 10 years over 300 containers have been shipped from the West Footscray Store to all corners of the globe containing goods valued at greater than $20 million. The goods are gathered by Rotarians with support from organizations who understand that their donated goods will go to people in genuine need, regardless of country, race, politics or religion. They are also impressed that Rotary covers the cost of the total operation including funding the freight. If you have goods you feel may be suitable please contact us. The Rotary Club of Keilor helps by providing material and volunteers who sort, pack and ship the goods. We also support the Store financially contributing to the rent and running costs which exceed $40,000pa. Much of the material that we send overseas for our Club Projects is supplied by the Store. Our Community Mobility Aids Project uses store material and is an excellent example of community recycling.
DIK Standard Opening Times are 9.00am -3.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, other times by appointment.
Contact Laurie Fisher 0428 550 574, or David Dippie 0408 174773
Postal Address: PO Box 4139 West Footscray VIC 3012 Telephone: 03 9689 0946 Mobile 0428 550 574 Email: email@example.com
The Rotary Club of Keilor, together with a number of other Rotary Clubs in Melbourne’s west, is commencing a program to facilitate the placement of donated second hand mobility & lifestyle aids into the community where such placement is endorsed and requested by a health, allied health, aged care, disability service provider etc as meeting a need that cannot otherwise be met in a reasonable timeframe because of its urgency, lack of access to funding etc.
2 Diabetes – Prof. Lily Stojanovska Msc,
PhD, School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Victoria University
Disease – Kathryn “Chook” Taranto,
Heart Foundation Ambassador.
Cancer – Robin Curwen-Walker, North
Tucker – Manager, Family Violence
Services, Women’s Health West
light of the extensive lead up promotion and advertising which
occurred via health, community and Council affiliated groups across
the community, and in local newspapers delivered to every residence
in the municipality, the attendance was very poor. This poor
attendance, in part at least, tells us something about how most
Australian’s see their health – and that is, “it’s
not something to worry about until it really is”.
Such an attitude of indifference represents a massive challenge for
the health industry and for government – and it is, to some degree,
a factor contributing to the escalating rates of a range of medical
conditions, including type 2 diabetes, in our community.
that disappointment, the feedback from attendees was overwhelming,
both in relation to the quality of the speakers and the information
presented. The consistent comment was “those
who weren’t here don’t know what they missed”.
The new games room will provide another fun / activity element to the Camp and will be built at the same time as the Mini Golfcourse. The first stage was to refurbish one of the old nissen huts which required major structural work. The insde was gutted and the remodeling is progressing well. The electrical work and repainting is complete and it is now time to work on the detail. We need to continue to raise funds and would weclome help with the building work.
If you would like to help contact Harold Simpson 0418 587477
Ainaro is a large district in central Timor with the capital, also called Ainaro, being approximately 5-6 hours away from Dili, the capital of Timor Leste. It is a mountainous region south of Aileu that includes the highest parts of Timor-Leste that extends right down to the south coast. Maubisse where the Bendigo Clubs are involved in a major school rebuilding program is part of the district.
Christmas Bags for the Royal District Nursing Service
In the lead up to Christmas for the past four years, the Club has supported the local Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in bringing some Christmas cheer to that service’s most housebound, restricted and isolated clients.
The project normally involves the provision of up to 100 Christmas Shopping Bags into which we packed Christmas “goodies” (primarily small food items and personal grooming products) for distribution by local Royal District Nurses.
In February 2010, with the support of a Community Grant from the Brimbank Council, the Club undertook a three part Community Health Project.
Part 1, on Sunday 7 February, saw fourteen health information provider organisations participate in a Health Expo at our monthly Market.The Keilor Hotel generously made its Functions Marquee available and this allowed us to give the high quality displays a very professional appearance - something which helped attract many positive comments on the Expo.
Part 2 of the project, on the evening of Wednesday 10 February, took the form of a Men’s Health Forum