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We place enormous
store in our many
We recently ran
a weekend training
program attended by
existing and potential
DARTs that included
a meeting with members of the DAA
board, where we examined lessons
learnt over the past five years. The role of
our DARTs has changed, and part of that
operational change is the recognition
that it has moved on from being “hands
on” to that of “project manager”
and “problem solver” in affected
communities, using their knowledge
and contacts within NGOs, government
agencies and Rotary.
The DARTs agreed that when not
directly engaged in disaster response,
they must continue to deliver “Safe Water
to Every Child” and, importantly, to train
others in the set-up, use and maintenance
of our systems, such as the Australian
SkyHydrantTM systems, the Sawyer filters
and the FlatPak Water Tanks.
We have attended many clubs recently,
including those in a “roadshow” in
NSW. The interest and support among
Rotarians continues, for which we are
most grateful. We were surprised and
delighted with a donation of $60,000 by
members of the Vietnamese community
(through the Rotary Club of Liverpool
West and others), specifically aimed at
assisting our continuing work in Nepal.
We were represented at the recent
Rotary Zone Institute in Melbourne,
and my colleagues have travelled to
Wellington ahead of the formation of
Disaster Aid New Zealand. We all look
forward to welcoming them soon to the
Disaster Aid International family.
We always welcome enquiries from
Rotary clubs about becoming a Disaster
Aid Australia representative in their
district. Contact us at
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The Rotary Club of
Sydney Cove, NSW,
marked National Hat Day
at its meeting on Friday,
National Hat Day is an
initiative of Australian
Rotary Health, one of
the largest not-for-profit
funders of mental health
research in Australia.
One hundred per cent
of the money raised
during this year’s Hat Day
campaign goes directly
to research helping the
one in five Australians
affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
To mark the occasion, a stellar line-up of speakers, led by NSW Minister for
Mental Health, The Hon. Prue Goward MP, addressed the club.
Minister Goward referred to the old African proverb, that it “takes a village
to raise a child”, to remind us all that communities have to work together in
caring for those most vulnerable.
The Minister said that the challenge for community organisations and
the government is that they need to work together as never before. She
undertook to work closely with Australian Rotary Health to achieve a shared
vision for mental health care in NSW.
She also paid tribute to the ARH National Hat Day initiative as an important
funder of mental health research.
Other speakers included the CEO of Australian Rotary Health, Joy Gillett
OAM, who outlined the work of ARH and its work in the important area of
raising funds for research, as well as other initiatives to address the issue of
mental health in the community.
Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Mental Health Commission Dr Fay
Jackson recounted a personal and emotionally stirring story of her battle with
mental disease and the key role played by Rotary in turning her life around.
According to Dr Jackson, “Rotary saved my life”.
The presentations were rounded out by National Hat Day Ambassador, Dr
Happy (aka Dr Timothy Sharp), Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of the
Highlighting the important role of Rotary, Dr Sharp said that Australian
Rotary Health was now the largest single donor toward mental health
research in Australia and had contributed over $30 million over the past 10
years to this cause.
marks Hat Day
The NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Prue
Goward, and Dr Happy (aka Dr Timothy Sharp) both
gave presentations at the Rotary Club of
Sydney Cove Hat Day meeting.
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