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HELMETS FOR KIDS
LIVES IN BANGKOK
Rotary Club of Matilda Bay, WA
Students and teachers from Prathom Taveetha Pisek
School, Bangkok, Thailand received 597 high-quality
helmets at a recent special ceremony in the Yai District
Support for the Helmets for Kids project was provided
in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay,
WA, the Rotary Club of Srapathum, Bangkok, and the
Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Group, one of
Australia’s most trusted road safety advisors. ARRB also
provides research, consulting and information services to
the road and transport industry in Australia.
The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay has been working
with the Rotary Club of Srapathum for many months, in
association with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation
(AIPF) to support the Helmets for Kids project.
Previously, the AIPF trained all teachers and students of
Prathom Taveetha Pisek School on important road safety
messages and reminded students to wear their helmets
In South-East Asia, there are over 1.3 million annual
road fatalities, and Thailand ranks the worst in the region.
Only 7 per cent of children who ride on motorcycles
wear helmets, so there is a clear need to provide helmets
in deprived neighbourhoods, raise public awareness
and contribute to generating public support for law
enforcement on road safety rules and regulations.
“Roads in the Asia Pacific region are among the
most dangerous in the world. Children are particularly
vulnerable as pedestrians or riding on powered and
unpowered cycles. Helmets for Kids translates technical
expertise into real lives saved. They are proud to have
delivered crucial work over the past four years in Vietnam
and Cambodia, and now in Thailand,” Paul Hillier of the
ARRB Group said.
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• Clubs working together
• Securing PR that works
• Partnerships that have helped build
• Modernising club meetings
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Student at Prathom Taveetha
Pisek School in Bangkok, Thailand.
(Photo: Eliza Huber, Asia Injury
Prevention Foundation, Thailand)
VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
Rotary Club of Croydon, Vic
Following district governor David Tolstrup’s address
at the District 9810 Conference last year in
relation to domestic violence as a focus of Rotary
in Australia, the Rotary Club of Croydon, Vic,
approached the Safe Futures Foundation to
determine how Rotary could assist.
From a small halfway house in the outer
eastern suburbs some 18 years ago, to one
of the largest family violence organisations
in Victoria, Safe Futures Foundation provides
more than 130,000 nights’ refuge to women and
children in over 70 properties each year.
A world-first program initiated by Safe Futures
Foundation provides additional safety through the
use of a personal alarm called a SafeTCard. Chief
Executive Officer of Safe Futures Foundation, Janine
Mahoney, says women in the outer east who have
suffered at the hands of their violent partners are
feeling safer as a result of this innovation.
The SafeTCard device is worn by the user and
can be activated in case of an emergency, providing
the security company and police with the wearer’s
location, as well as recording and relaying a live
audio of the situation.
After a meeting at which Janine Mahoney spoke,
the Rotary Club of Croydon’s board approved the
donation of two cards and 12 months’ monitoring
cost, valued at $1080 each. Two members then
agreed to jointly fund the cost of half an additional
card. These cards are being donated in memory of
Carlie Sinclair, the daughter of a member who was
tragically killed as the result of family violence.
A letter was sent to Rowan Alexander, manager
of the Mooroolbark branch of the Bendigo Bank,
seeking support for the project. The bank agreed
to this request with a donation of $2700 and as
a result five women who were at extreme risk will
now be sleeping easier at night.
This is a wonderful example of Rotary partnering
with the community.
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