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8 Issue 566. October 2014
The Umoja Orphanage Kenya Project,
sponsored by the Rotary Club of
Bundaberg Sunrise, Qld, is now in
its third year. It is already making
a difference in the community
surrounding the 15-acre site at
Ukunda near the south-eastern
coastal border of Kenya.
Since completion of the land
purchase by founder Cathy Booth
in 2012, there have been four
volunteer tours to Kenya and the
site is now completely secured with
a 14-line barbed wire fence and
steel gates. There is a caretakers
cottage, cowshed, well with pump
and tank stand and toilet and shower
facilities. The past few months have
seen the completion of the internal
brick security fence to secure the
accommodation units once built.
Umoja’s strategic plan is to create
a self-sustaining orphanage to house
70 children and their carers. It will
also include a primary school for the
children who will then go on to local
secondary and tertiary education.
The project is engaging local
contractors and villagers in all
projects, providing critical income
and skills designed to assist them in
everyday life. The site will ultimately
produce excess food, which will be
supplied to the village.
The site now contains a large
greenhouse and the cowshed houses
two cows and a recently born calf.
In addition, volunteers and local
villagers have planted a living fence
containing ornamental and food
plants around the entire site and
fruit trees throughout the site, which
already had cashew and mango trees
growing on it.
The latest volunteer group headed
to Kenya in September to build the
chicken shed and complete additional
plantings, with the help of villagers.
Plans have been approved for the
first building, which will house 10
children, their carers, kitchen and
administration and visitor centre, with
building commencing in September.
One of Umoja’s major fundraisers
last year was the World’s Biggest
Dinner Party, which saw almost 50
dinners held around the world. More
than 600 attendees donated $20
each to the orphanage. In all the
event raised $15,600 for Umoja.
This year’s World’s Biggest Dinner
Party will be held on October 25. Any
Rotary clubs wishing to get involved
can register with Wayne Limbrick
on 0402 869 304 or email wayne@
All registered dinner parties
will receive a resource pack that
includes a DVD with photos and an
address from Cathy Booth covering
the history and vision for Umoja
Foodie fundraiser for Umoja Orphanage
On December 5-7, the largest
gathering of Rotarians for some
time will meet in Wellington,
NZ, for the Rotary Zones 7B
and 8 Institute and District
Attendees will have the chance
to meet RI president elect Ravi
Ravindran and hear from a host of
top speakers, including doctors,
actors, polio survivors, speakers
from ROMAC, Interplast, Books
in Homes and Peace Scholars, as
well as Rotary success stories from
around the globe.
On the Friday morning a
Forum has been organised by
the Rotary Club of Wellington to
which the public is invited. Those
registered for the Institute or
District Conference can attend this
event at no extra cost. “Issues in
Survival and Thriving Models”
has attracted top political and
On Saturday morning, up to 140
people will hear past RI president
Bill Boyd speak about leadership
at the Rotary Leadership Institute
breakfast, followed by international
and local panellists’ updates about
Rotary Leadership Institute initiatives
and successes around the world.
All of this is being held at the
Michael Fowler Centre which has
the capacity to hold over 2,000.
Organising committee chair Pat
Waite and governor Anthony Scott
have a goal to not only fill the
venue, but to have Wellington join
with Rotary. Events being organised
by Wellington clubs include a
Jumbo Tennis tournament in the
Civic Centre, a Polio Walk around
Wellington, a Box Cart derby and
displays in the MFC foyer for the
public to see Rotary in Action!
To register go to www.
The excitement is mounting
The Weta Cave Workshop Tour could be a
highlight while in Wellington.
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