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Each day, updates from ShelterBox
International appear in my e-mail; by
filling the gaps through social media I
better understand current needs.
Displaced children are victims, losing
critical years in their nurture, education
and being part of cohesive communities,
often without family support. The long-
term impact on social development,
educational achievement and health
outcomes is huge. Some generations
may never recover.
In disaster, shelter and delivery of
safe water is critical, each essential for
survival. ShelterBoxes contain state-
of-the-art tents and water filtration
units that will meet the needs of box
recipients. Other components are
tailored to meet specific needs in the
disaster area. Added extras include
SchoolBoxes, to give children some
tools for their education, Shelter Kits
to repair damaged homes and liners to
winterise tents – the list goes on. You
name it, we have it and deliver it. Your
generous support allows us to do this.
There’s no easy answer to the
dislocation of refugee children, but by
understanding their needs, and meeting
even a fraction of them, we will make a
difference. Every little bit helps.
We and our ShelterBox affiliates have
been challenged in the past year to
meet the needs of the deserving in Syria
and its neighbours, the dislocated of
Typhoon Haiyan and the needy affected
by many other disasters.
Those needs never cease; we are still
active in the Philippines and the Middle
East and are most grateful for the
support of Australian Rotarians in giving
us record returns.
Again, we are promoting Christmas
gift donations in the name of
friends and families; a gift that
will keep on giving. Please visit
Rotorua rides to rid
the world of polio
A Rotary Club of Rotorua, NZ, cycling team has completed a gruelling ride to
raise $2000 to help the worldwide Rotary campaign, PolioPlus, eradicate polio.
The six-member “Kwik Kiwis” team, led by president Russell Dale, competed
in the 210 kilometre Round the Bay cycling event in Melbourne on Sunday,
October 19 in the run-up to World Polio Day on October 24.
The Kwik Kiwis team consisted of Russell Dale, his daughters Jodi and Anna
Dale, son-in-law Josh Pederson, and friends David Russell and Janine Speedy.
The team finished Australia’s largest cycling event in nine hours, and team
members and sponsors raised the $2000 contribution that, with the 2:1 matching
funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is enough to vaccinate
10,000 children in the last few countries where polio still exists.
Polio cases have been reduced by 99 per cent and total eradication now
depends on eliminating the disease from the last three countries where it is
endemic – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – where there have been 182 new
cases in 2014, up until September 24. A further 19 cases in seven countries have
been caused by “imported” virus strains from the endemic areas.
“From an estimated 387,000 polio cases in 1985 when PolioPlus began, the
world is now so close to being polio-free,” Russell said.
“The Kwik Kiwis’ contribution and donations from many others will help
eliminate the last one per cent of cases and ensure no child anywhere will be
disabled by this crippling disease.”
For more information on World Polio Day visit www.endpolio.org
Kwik Kiwi cyclists Janine Speedy, left, Anna Dale, Jodi Dale and Josh Pederson.
RAWCS facilitates Rotarians to help needy people, the
children, the aged, the disabled, the poor, the homeless
and the ill in countries recognized by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade as developing countries.
Rotary volunteers are supported through RAWCS to
build, repair or refit hospitals, orphanages, schools, community centres ,birthing centres, provide
clean water or replace homes lost or damaged by natural disasters.
The RAWCS network ensures you have the know-how you need for your club’s projects.
Through RAWCS, your supporters’ get tax deductions for their donations.
Through ROTARY AUSTRALIA
WORLD COMMUNITY SERVICE
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