Soap Aid

Soap Aid

Did you know today across the globe over 2 billion people lack adequate sanitation? As a direct result, it is estimated that 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year due to hygiene related illnesses. This equates to 6,000 deaths each day. These needless deaths could have been prevented through simple measures such as handwashing with soap. A small bar of soap with improved hygiene practices can reduce over 40% of diarrhoea cases, reducing the spread of infectious diseases and saving lives. Everyday thousands of hotels around the world discard millions of bars of soap. Unfortunately this soap often ends up in already overflowing landfills. Soap Aid has developed a unique ‘Hotel to Hands’ model and through its partnership with Rotary International collects, sorts, cleans and produces hygienic bars of soap that are delivered to communities along with education on improved hygiene practices. Handwashing with soap has a dramatic impact through saving lives and preventing death and illness caused by diarrhoea, trachoma, worm infection, chronic malnutrition, swine flu, pneumonia, SARS, sickness in AIDS patients and general neonatal mortality. In 2016 our club began working across Phillip Island and San Remo with accommodation providers to collect clean used bars of soap for recycling. We are proud to be supporting Soap Aid to save...
Cambodian School

Cambodian School

Koung Tonle Kroum Secondary School, Cambodia In 2013 Rotarian Stevie O’Reilly began the implementation phase of the project she had been raising money for, for some time; building a Secondary School in partnership with George Hendry from Bryn’s School in Cambodia. Using local labour, supported by Australian volunteers and funded by our Club the project took about 2-3 months to complete. These 4 photos show the initial building of Koung Tonle Kroum (KTK) Secondary School. As with most large projects there are always hic-ups and just prior to one of the visits made by Stevie to assist with construction, KTK experienced damaging floods. Our Club provided assistance to the village via a donation and whilst Stevie was over there she organised the delivery and distribution of 4 tonnes of rice that was given amongst 400 local families. The families were invited to the special “rice giving ceremony” and waited patiently all day until their name was called out and they were then given a sack of rice. It was a great day for celebrating and the village people were made very happy indeed as these pictures clearly show. Once the school building was completed Stevie, with Club support started the process of applying for a Rotary Matching Grant to supply and install computers and classroom furniture into a designated computer classroom within the new school building. Due to lack of any electricity in this village, the project members planned to set up solar power panels on the roof to power the computers and office equipment of printers and an overhead projector for classroom instruction. All computers and furniture was...
The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, the Rotary Foundation tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. The Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo along with every Rotary Club around the world raises funds from members via a collection box for The Rotary Foundation. Members are encouraged to donate loose change at every meeting and this money supports the global work of The Rotary Foundation. In addition, each project may seek a “matching grant” from the Foundation to achieve its aims. There is a rigorous process members follow to apply for these grants and our Club was successful in attaining a grant to assist the implementation of “computers into classrooms” in 2014 as part of our building a secondary school in Cambodia. Find out more about The Rotary Foundation here. The Rotary Foundation Goals are:  Eradicate polio, our top priority Build a sense of ownership of our Foundation among Rotarians through their contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, the Permanent Fund, and our Rotary Peace Centres Continue our progress on the Future Vision plan and align our service projects with the six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/ resolution Disease prevention and treatment Water and sanitation Maternal and child health Basic education and literacy Economic and community development...
The Centurion Club

The Centurion Club

The Centurion Club of the Australian Rotary Foundation is one of the vehicles in which individual members can make a difference to the projects within and across Rotary worldwide. Our Rotary Club has been a strong supporter of the Foundation over many years and several of our members are members of the Centurion Club. To be a member of the Centurion Club, members commit themselves to contributing $100 each year, for as long as they feel financially comfortable about doing so. In addition to individual Centurion Club members our Club also supports worldwide programs and in 2015 alone our Club has provided $3500 to the Foundation for the Polio Plus program. We also provide further donations that we request are directed to the ‘Annual Programs Fund’ which supports great humanitarian programs such as ‘Matching Grants’ and ‘Group Study Exchange’, ‘Ambassadorial’ and ‘Peace’ scholarships,...
Interplast

Interplast

Interplast’s intentions are simple. They exist to repair bodies and rebuild lives. In a nutshell, Interplast is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the quality of life for people with disability who are disabled as a result of congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures. They do this by sending fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. Our Club donated $45,000 in the Rotary 2014-15 year to totally finance an Interplast team. This enabled a complete medical team to do vital work in the South Pacific which changed the lives of many people that otherwise would have been ostracised or severely disadvantaged by their disability. The aim of these medical teams is to do them selves out of a job by focusing heavily on facilitating medical training and mentoring for in-country medical personnel and supporting and building the capacity of local health services. Quite simply, they provide life-changing surgery today and sustainable health systems tomorrow. Rotarian Graeme Hudson, from our Club, has been working with Interplast for many years and has recently retired from its Board. We totally support the good work of Interplast and intend to do so for the longterm. Interplast changes lives. You can learn more about this incredible organisation and the partnership with Rotary in the June Week 1 Bulletin or...
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