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small NGO started by
continues to lead
the way. Our work
in areas like Vanuatu
has been ongoing,
with three disaster
deployed over the past two months. In
the Philippines, we continue to deliver
aid – primarily life-saving water filtration
systems. And in Manila, Rhett Butler,
chairman of the Australian SkyJuice
Foundation, and I attended the Rotary
Presidential Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH) Conference before more than
800 Filipino Rotarians.
Of course our response to the horrors of
Cyclone Winston in Fiji saw our DARTs on
the ground working with local Rotarians
and villagers. It included provision of
Home Repair Kits to nine villages. All
materials were purchased locally, with
Fijian Rotarians negotiating excellent prices
for timber, galvanised iron and tools.
The comment by DART Peter Hazel in
his report from Fiji, says it all.
“Without wishing to blow our trumpet
too loud, we are the go-to NGO for
government officials; we are the only
NGO stating its clear intentions, our area
of operation and skillsets, and providing
exactly what is being requested by those
in need. And working with Rotary has
made all the difference.”
Thanks for your support, in particular
with our response in Fiji. We can do more,
so if you can help our efforts it will be
* Disaster Aid Taiwan was launched recently
and is another member of the DAI team.
More about that and our participation in
a Rotary District Conference in Colombia,
South America, in our news updates and
We always welcome enquiries from
Rotary clubs about becoming a Disaster
Aid Australia representative in their
district. Contact us at
and follow us at
Getting ready for the big debate in District 9640: Katie Hodder (Glen Innes High School),
left, Elyra Neluschi (Trinity Lutheran College), Victor Greenfield (Tweed Heads High
School), Uno Kakegawa (Trinity Lutheran College), Keisha More (St Mary’s Catholic
College) and Haydon Bowen (Banora Point High School).
MUNA can be life
Words by Rhonda Whitton, Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, Qld
Photo by Ingrid Jewson, Rotary e-Club NextGen, District 9640, Qld
We all know about National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), Rotary Youth Leadership
Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), but mention
MUNA in some districts and you’ll see a blank look on Rotarians’ faces.
MUNA is the Model United Nations Assembly – an impressive title for an
impressive Rotary youth program. This international youth program is aimed at
encouraging young people to learn about the workings of the United Nations
General Assembly and increases students’ understanding of international affairs,
while students get the chance to develop debating and public speaking skills.
Rotary first conducted MUNA in Canada, and it was first held in Australia in
Students compete in small teams, with each team representing a UN member
country. The teams research their country’s politics and culture to prepare
themselves for the lively and sometimes heated debate. They speak from the point
of view of that country, and most get into the spirit of the Assembly by adopting
their country’s national dress.
A “Secretary General” controls proceedings and the student delegates soon
engage in a rhetorical war of words over the recommendations under discussion.
But the benefits for students can extend beyond debating on the day. So
powerful was the MUNA experience for Jamie King when he participated in 2001,
2002 and 2003, that he changed his career aspirations.
“MUNA was amazing and changed my life. After MUNA I was so inspired that
instead of following science as a career, I went on to do international politics.”
Jamie graduated with a Masters in International Economics and Politics and now
lives in Prague.
Winners from Australian district MUNAs represent their Rotary district at the
national MUNA in Canberra each year in August.
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