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International activities include:
• A new school for 400 children in
Western Nepal completed last
November. The new school will double
as a community centre, and model for
the many schools still needed in Nepal.
• Eye Care camps in Nepal and Mongolia
enabling over 8000 people to see again
through minor eye operations (mainly
cataracts) and/or the fitting of second
An eye surgery is being established in
Mongolia after a container load of donated
equipment through the generous
assistance of a Mittagong business.
• Following the spate of overseas natural
disasters Rotarians, Rotaractors and
members of the public have funded 48
Rotary ShelterBoxes. These have been
deployed to many countries including
Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, Indonesia,
Pakistan and China.
• In December, 27 beds, an operating
table and some smaller goods donated
by the Southern Highlands Private
Hospital, and some wheelchairs and
crutches were transported to Fiji.
• Funding was provided for the School of
St Jude in Tanzania,
• Rotary's major worldwide project is End
Polio Now. For over 20 years Rotary -
with the World Health Organisation
(WHO), UNICEF and the US Centre for
Disease Control, and more recently
with exceptional financial support from
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- has seen the incidence of polio reduce
markedly. In 1985, more than 125
countries were polio endemic, and at
least 1000 children were paralysed
Rotary has led the Global Polio
Eradication Initiative immunising more
than two billion children.
Now there are only four countries still
polio endemic with less than 100 cases
being reported, notwithstanding the
recent outbreak in The Congo when
Rotary swung into action overnight.
• Through the Rotarians Against
Malaria (RAM) program, protection
against this disease has been provided
by local and many other Rotary Clubs
contributing to the cost of making
and distributing mosquito nets to
remote villages in Papua New Guinea
and elsewhere, Africa in particular.
A child dies of malaria every 30
seconds, according to WHO. In Africa,
one in every five childhood deaths is due
A donation of AUS$1000 will provide
treated mosquito nets lasting five years,
for a village in PNG or elsewhere.
So how many sausages do Rotarians
cook to meet the costs associated with
the activities listed above?
Bear in mind that the list is not
Funding of Rotary and Rotaract
initiatives comes principally from local
resources. Hence the sausage sizzles, film
nights, bucket collections, donations from
the public, fines and raffles, golf days,
cabarets, fun runs, trivia nights,
occasional local sponsorship and grants
from The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
The Foundation is a not-for-profit
corporation supported solely by voluntary
contributions from Rotarians and friends
of the Foundation who share its vision of
a better world.
Bowral optometrist, Grant Hannaford fits glasses to a young
patient in Mongolia.
Dream Cricket at Bradman Oval.
The Rotary School in Nepal
So how many sausages do Rotarians cook to meet
the costs associated with their activities?
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