ROTARY CLUB of CLAYTON Inc.
District 9810 Victoria, Australia
Nepal Earthquake Appeal Update - 2016
Update on the earthquake project, dad has advised they have started construction. With the funds sent and also the Nepal district gave some funds...there will be able to build 3 permanent homes.
Attached pictures showing construction has started. Please share this with the club. Once there has been further development dad will provide a progress report and I shall relay this all to the club.
Nepal Earthquake Appeal Update - 2015
April 25th 2015 was a tragic day in Nepal’s history due to the massive destruction caused by the 7.9 rector earthquake. Many people lost their lives and extensive damage caused to houses were few villages were completely flattened.
In this time of immense need the generously displayed by Rotary Club of Clayton is greatly appreciated by Rotary Club of Pashupati, Kathmandu and the Nepalese people. Rajendra Rijal and the team from Rotary Club of Pashupati would like to extend their sincere thank you to all the members of Rotary Club of Clayton and other Rotary Clubs in Melbourne who has supported towards this great cause.
Currently we have received financial support of AUD 6000 from which seven galvanized iron sheet metal and iron tross temporary houses has been built which has provided shelter for 7 families and one which includes a family of 17 people under one roof.
The sizes are given below:
1) 18 ft x 12 ft = 2 houses
2) 10 ft x 8 ft = 1 houses
3) 15 ft x 10 ft = 4 houses
TOTAL = 7 houses (1120 sq ft)
These houses are built in Shankarapura (sankhu) Municipality about 5 Km north of Kathmandu. We are requesting Nepal District 3292 for matching grant to build seven more houses and they have taken this request positively. As pictures speak for itself it has truly provided shelter to those in need. We once again thank the members of Rotary Club of Clayton and all fellow Rotarians and family for this philanthropic effort and seek more support because there is a lot to do.
Thank you for your kind and generous support. Phase two plan is to build further shelters in another heavily affected village near Kathmandu.
Relief Distribution Program in Sankhu, Kathmandu - 2015
Please find some photos attached where Rajendra Rijal on behalf of the Rotary Club of Pashaputi have distributed 250 blankets in Sankhu Village, Nepal.
First photo has the temporary shelter image for your kind attention which will be built from the funds sent from the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Toilets at Sarnock Village, Laos - 2012
Greetings from Luang Prabang where the monsoon has just about worn itself out. We are now in Day 3 of the Ban Sarnock project. The logistics of getting materials from Luang Prabang to Ban Sarnock were challenging. 3 tonnes of cement of 50 kg bags, 5 tonnes of timber, 7 tonnes of cement bricks, reinforcing iron rods, roofing materials, paint, nails, plus the several tonnes of gravel and sand; all manually loaded onto boats and then manually offloaded at the village. Plus the challenges of labourers who load half the boat and then strike unless the agreed rate is doubled for the second half. Dealing with river transport is not straightforward – it is all character building. Some of the landings have been closed because of erosion and others are not available because they are reserved for tourists! However, after 7 trips, we now have all of the materials, the builder and his team, a site supervisor all on site and the foundations are being dug as this is being written. We have had a couple of dry days and this has helped. All of the suppliers and transporters have been paid. Dao has been up 3 times to make sure that materials did not stray and that there was no confusion about what the village would provide and what would be paid for. Everyone is happy – especially the teacher. I spent the day with the team yesterday. It was good to see Ban Sarnock again; one of the projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has some growth plots for teak at this village.
Mr Thongdee has been helpful and was pleased to be working with you. He has a lot of expectations from assisting a project such as this (mostly expensive). The going rate for river transport from Luang Prabang to Ban Sarnock is 120 000 kip/tonne. We paid Thongdee 200 000 kip/tonne as a way of acknowledging his help so far but he wanted a good deal more. If you are going to work further with Thongdee, I suggest that you carefully manage his expectations.
I have attached a few photos from my day with the group loading, unloading and travelling. Dao has been capturing progress on her video camera plus other photos. We expect completion date to be about 20 October. I will be in Australia 08 – 30 October and Dao and I will be communicating regularly so I will pass on news of progress as this is received.
Laos Trip - 2011
John and Gaye Barnes recently spoke at our club of their recent visit to the Sarnak village on the banks of the Mekong river about 40 minutes boat ride north of Luang Prabang, the old capital of Laos. They visited this village back in November 2009 and saw the fairly “ordinary” circumstances in which these Hmong, Khmer and Lao people live in very tribal conditions. The only clothes the children had were those given to them by tourists. They saw the school attended by about 50 children who had nothing in the way of books, pencils etc and the school was in very poor condition. The teacher came by boat each day when weather conditions were suitable. They had only 6 good desks, the others were broken beyond repair. They left behind enough money for 4 more desks and these were built by the men of the village.
John and Gaye went back to this village with their family in June this year and with the help of funds donated by our Cub and some individual Rotarians were able to go to a local market and spend around $1000 on clothes, school books, pens, pencils etc as well as 50 sets of 4 reading books from Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang – probably the first reading books these children had ever owned. They also left money for another 2 new desks.
Theywere taken through a pictorial coverage of their trip to this village showing many excited children receiving clothes and books. The local villagers then held a Baci ceremony in their honour to say thank you. John thanked the Club and the individual Rotarians for their generous support in changing the lives of these young children.
In partnership with the Rotary Club of Epping (D9680) it is hoped to build a toilet and water storage at this school. Our Club has already earmarked $1000 from last year for this project and hopefully a little more can be raised this year.
"A for a Life" - March 2010
"A for a Life" was started in 2008 by Honorary member Gaye Barnes in her role as District Governor Partner. This was to initially be in lieu of flowers at the 51 Official visits but grew into much more.
This project supports the Helen Keller International organization in providing Vitamin A supplementation to the children of Guinea, West Africa.
Lack of Vitamin A in their diet causes blindness, and in turn leads to the death of 70% of these young children.
For the cost of $1 per child per year, their sight can be saved, and, as a consequence their lives.
The response from clubs and Rotarians was outstanding, and it is great to see the Rotary Club of Clayton continuing on with the programmed this year and raising $2500 from a Garage Sale at Safety Beach late last year.
From its inception, over $30,000 has been raised. That's a lot of flowers)
At the District Conference this year, the club had a stand in the House of Friendship and some $1000 was raised from items all hand sewn and made by one member Jean Cochrane. (Quite outstanding) Thanks Jean!
The Rotary Club of Dingley Village also had a stand with hand made jewellery also made by club members, and a donation from this will be presented next Wednesday night. Their continuing support is also very much appreciated.
The Rotary Club of Boronia is donating $25 per speaker via a certificate to the speaker recognizing a donation to "A for a Life" on their behalf.
So far the Rotary Club of Clayton and it's members have contributed $10641 (quite overwhelming) - thanks to everyone for this outstanding support."
Exchange Student from Osaka in Japan - May 2009
Our guest speaker on the 25th May was Aiko Terui who is an Exchange Student from Osaka in Japan. Aiko gave an excellent presentation on what she has achieved since being in Australia. During her presentation she showed slides of her family and friends back in Japan and also showed slides of places she has visited in Australia. Aiko will be heading back to Japan in July. Also during her time in Australia one of her projects was to collect funds for Shelterbox.
Every year approximately 7,000 students ages 15 to 18 go abroad under the auspices of the Rotary Youth Exchange program for one academic year.
Rotary Youth Exchange students live with a host family in a country other than their own. They may learn a new language; they will learn a new way of living and a great deal about themselves. Exchange students are part of the ambassador team of Rotary International. The object of the program is to bring the world closer together.
Photos from Aiko's visit to our Club.
Attached is a copy of an e-mail received from AG Keith Maxwell with regards to Aiko’s visit:-
Thank you on behalf of the District Youth Exchange Committee for the opportunity to have Aiko speak at your Club.
It allowed for her to further develop as a student in this country and provided her with a good experience.
Please thank the club members for the way in which they hosted her and Miyuka Sato. It was a very good experience for them both and I was very proud for you of how your club members responded.
Assistant Governor, District 9810
Fundraiser for Mandeville Hall - November 2007
This year the Loreto year of Justice, the year 12 Councillors of Loreto Mandeville Hall chose to direct their annual September Feast Day celebrations towards rasing funds for education in Kenya against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.
Sr Dr Ephigenia Gachiri IVBM is a Loreto sister based in Nairobi who has worked for many years campaigning against the wide spread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya and East Africa. Her programmes aim to educate these communities and in particular the leading Elders, about the consequences of FGM in order to overcome many long held cultural beliefs. Her work is of vital importance in the broader picture of the improvement of woman's health in our world.
Sr Ephigenia leads the "Holistic Growth & Research Centre" and has particularly requested that funds be raised towards the purchase of a tractor for the centre which will help to achieve planned sustainability into the future through self sufficiency.
The girls fundraising has been outstanding successful and to further assist in reaching their target, Tom & Angela Portelli kindly offered their home to host a dinner which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clayton. $7,000 was raised on the night.
Interplast Eureka Tower Event - October 2007
On the 14th October, DGE John & Gaye Barnes along with nearly 300 surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and supporters of Interplast were involved in the Interplast Eureka Tower Event. The task was to climb the 92 floors of Melbourne's Eureka Tower to raise awareness and funds for Interplast. The sun was shining and everyone agreed the view was absolutely worth the climb. The day was a great success as $114,000 was raised. Our club was involved in the day by sponsoring one of the floors for $1,000. Attached is a photo showing John & Gaye Barnes at the top of the Eureka Tower. The Eureka Tower is Melbourne's (Australia) tallest building and the worlds tallest residential building. The building also has a Sky Deck which they call "The Edge", which is a glass tube that projects 3 metres out of the building with you in it, suspended almost 300 metres above the ground.
To learn more information and about the wonderful work Interplast performs visit their website.
International Night - January 2007
An International Night was held on 20th January at Bill Sides home where the members of the Rotary Club of Clayton sampled the cuisine of various counties and had a bit of fun too. Guests were asked to bring items of interest from abroad. So many interesting things appeared and were explained. We had a lump of concrete from the Berlin wall with an East German guard’s hat, Chinese and Russian hats and various other items of International apparel. Bill and Dianne Sides promised a surprise and they delivered that by Bill wearing a kilt and carving up a steaming Haggis to the sound of skirling bagpipes and reciting the Ode of the Haggis, it being Robbie Burn’s birthday. No guest had dared to taste a haggis prior to this night as the main ingredients are offal cooked within a sheep’s stomach! Most took care initially but then went back for more finding it very tasty indeed, so the rather large Haggis was quickly eaten. Haggis of course is the national dish of Scotland. This was followed with our Italian Member Ralph Zuccaro cooking up huge pots of pasta which nobody but an Italian can master. Bill’s wife Dianne, made the matching sauces. We also had fantastic cakes from Greece, nibbles from Japan and other tasty items from abroad and they were all washed down with Ozzie wine. Of course there was a modest charge and the funds raised went towards Clayton’s International work which has recently included provision of Shelter Boxes, Anti-Malaria Nets and educating Indonesian orphans. The night was full of good fellowship.
RAM Adopt a Village
One of the projects this year for the Rotary Club of Clayton was to be part of the Adopt a Village program for Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM). For the past two Rotary years, under the guidance of Chairman Jackie Gleeson, District 9810 has been very active developing a database of volunteers and preparing information for clubs. The major focus has been the "Adopt a Village" program for the Gulf Province of PNG where many clubs and other organisations have contributed sufficient funds to provide mosquito netting in some 20 villages to reduce the incidence of malaria. Over $70,000 was raised for this program in the past two years and the program is continuing this year. Over 100 villages have been provided with bed nets so far. The village we have adopted is called Himaul and is in the New Ireland province. Where is New Ireland province, I here you ask? Click here and find out.
International Night - August 2005
On the 6th of August 2005, the Rotary Club of Clayton enjoyed a fun night with a few surprises. The first being that the guys were given aprons then had to prepare Okonominyaki, Gyoza and Sushi. Sky then presented chicken and seafood Jumbalaya, a Cajun favourite, washed down by Saki. This was followed by sweets, a mixture of delights of Sue Hilliard’s Pavlova and Lesley Zuccaro’s Italian Pastries and Japanese Ice cream, although we had to point out that Pavlova was Aussie not Russian. Many intriguing curios were present ranging from part of Napoleon’s coffin to British yachts, Scottish fiddles, International shopping bags and Egyptian papyrus with explanations given of each. A pleasing aspect was the many nationalities represented amongst those present. An International search and find around the house tested imaginations and knowledge and kept people busy too.
Approx $450 was raised to assist our club’s International commitments. All present would like to thank Bill and Dianne for their hospitality and our cooks. Reiner, Karen, their mother Terry and District Ambassadorial Scholar Kayoko prepared the Japanese food and Ambassadorial Scholar Sky prepared the Cajun food.
The Rotary Club of Clayton extended an invitation for year 11 students, Rifat and Kimberley to attend MUNA or Model United Nations Assembly on the weekend of 14th & 15th of May at the Victorian Parliament.
"We were taken to the City early each morning at Westall Secondary College by a Rotarian lady called Kelly and Mr. Gesthuizen. We entered the Victorian Parliament building, clutching our research folders.
Westall was to represent South Korea and like the other 35 countries, we were dressed in a splendid costume. Iraq was represented by students from Yarra Valley Grammar School. All three of the representatives (delegates) from that country were hearing impaired and did a fantastic job.
We had ten resolutions to debate on Saturday and each country had the option of writing their own resolution to date on the Sunday. The resolution put by Mexico to the assembly was to merge the U.S.A and Canada to avoid confusion. This resolution took all day Sunday and was not passed. What we did pass included a resolution to make genetically modified foods available for the third world countries.
Later we had a tour of the amazing Victorian Legislative chamber. The room had gold trimming to represent the 1950’s Victorian gold rush. We learned that the Royal family never walks on the green carpet, they are only allowed to walk on the red carpet.
It was a great weekend, and we earned a lot about how the United Nations actually works. I’m pleased that we had the chance to represent Westall and Rotary, even though I was really nervous because I don’t usually participate in debates."
By Kimberley Ellis VCE year 11
McDonalds Drive Thru Challenge - October 2004
On Friday the 29th of October 2004, McDonalds along with Rotary ran the Drive Thru Challenge with all proceeds going to ROMAC (Reaching Overseas with Medical Aid for Children). Four members of the Clayton Rotary Club attended at the McDonalds store in Clayton and gave away balloons in the driveway of the drive thru. McDonald were donating $1 for every purchase made in the drive thru during the hours of 6:00 to 7:00 PM. During this time they served 113 cars and raised $113 for ROMAC.
Ampang Stroke Rehabilitation House - April 2003
This is a commitment we have long had, it was held up while waiting on permits etc but the way is now cleared. Ampang is a suburb of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. This is a joint project with our sister club, The Rotary Club of Ampang. They are working with us and a number of other clubs to buy/build a house specifically to assist stroke victims. Our club has just donated US$ 1,320 along with two other clubs (Rotary Club of Hong Kong City North & Rotary Club of Panchiao East). The official launching of this project is tentatively planned for 25th of April 2003. After the official launch we will provide more details and photos. (Update from the Rotary club of Ampang. The official launch date was on the 12th of June 2003.)
As part of our fundraising over the last few years we are currently running a opportunity shop on Clayton Road, Clayton. The use of this shop has been kindly donated to us by H&R Block, which we use in the tax off season. So far we have raised approx $5,500 which will be donated to Interplast. See pictures below showing the shop from the inside and outside. if you get the chance come in and take a browse. The Rotary shop is now closed again and during our last three weeks we raised $5000.