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Twelve months ago the world’s
youngest Rotary President and
Rotary Club of Crawley, WA (ROC)
scholarship awardee Holly Ransom
won the 2012 Western Australian
Then in January 2013 ROC
scholarship awardee Akram Azimi
was named by the Prime Minister
the 2013 Young Australian of
Last month ROC scholarship
awardee Michael Sheldrick won
the 2013 Western Australian
What an amazing achievement
from a Rotary club that is less
than three and a half years young.
We mentor, we coach, we assist,
and we proudly market our brand
within the community.
Michael was not at the award
ceremony last month as he was
doing what he does best.
He was in Kenya working with an
Australian project called “So They
Can” taking children out of poverty
and giving them a home in an
orphanage and sending them to a
school operated by the project.
I had the honour of accepting
the award on Michael’s behalf.
This remarkable young man now
works in New York for the Global
This same young man two years
ago asked our Prime Minister
face-to-face for the Australian
Government to give $50,000,000
towards the eradication of Polio.
The rest is history as she made
that announcement at the CHOGM
conference in October 2011.
Rotary Club of Crawley, WA
A letter of thanks
In 2011 the Rotary Club of
Karrinyup, WA , sponsored two
young people to go to a special
RYLA Peace Conference in Turkey.
One, in particular, has kept in
contact with us and continues to
help out at club events. Following is
a recent email he sent to his contact
at the club.
To the Rotary Club
I have mentioned it before, although
wanted to reiterate how significant
the 2011 RYLA trip to Turkey was
In terms of life changing events,
it was on top of the list. I had been
searching for a new direction and
that trip gave me the perspective and
slight shift in attention that allowed
me to find the clarity I needed.
At the Peace Conference, I met
some amazing people with whom I
am regularly in contact and who I
continue to see and catch up with
(in Istanbul, Germany, New Zealand,
Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth). They
are now some of my closest friends,
and the basis of this friendship was
formed on that trip.
I will be heading to Turkey in July
for my fourth time. All of the people I
am seeing will be from that first trip
and the subsequent friends I have
met because of them.
My decision to start my BA in
International Relations (with history
as a second major) was solely due to
that trip, as was my desire to travel
and live overseas. It was that trip
that exposed me to the concept of
working in the field of international
relations and working towards
building a better world.
I have been approved to do
volunteer work through a global
university organisation, which means
it is at my own cost. I will travel to
areas that are in need and join other
likeminded students in a variety of
aid projects at the end of the year.
That one trip continues to yield
positive dividends for me and the
friendships that have subsequently
come about have been phenomenal.
Even now, I am still seeing how
much of an impact it made on me.
So thank you once again to the
Rotary Club of Karrinyup, for that
incredible opportunity. I hope that
I have been able to convey in some
form how important it was for me.
Partner Club needed
We are looking for a Partner Club around the world for a project created by
our club, the Rotary Club of Julio de Castilhos, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
It is a purchase project of an industrial washing machine and an industrial
clothes dryer, at a price of $US9450 for a retirement home where adorable
The Partner club would participate with 25 per cent of this amount. We
would be so grateful if your club joins us on this project!
For more details visit www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/
Jose Tagio Moro da Rosa
Rotar y Club Julio de Castilhos, RS/Brazil
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