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It all started with a visit to
Mamba Primary School, a small
school on the lower slopes of
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in
early 2008 by Noela Phillips, wife
of a member of the Rotary Club of
Brisbane High-Rise, Qld. Being a
teacher, Noela was captivated by the
children, but horrified by the school
facilities, with no readily available
water, dilapidated classrooms,
unhygienic and primitive kitchen
facilities and horrific toilets. On her
return to Brisbane, Noela shared her
impressions, which resulted in High-
Rise conducting a fundraising project
to provide a water tank. This was
installed in 2010.
The Mamba school had captured
the attention of Brisbane High-Rise,
leading to another project to build a
new classroom. This was completed
and officially opened in early 2012,
coinciding with a visit by a number
of High-Rise members.
To fund further projects it was
decided to apply for a global grant.
Fortunately, a Rotary club had just
been established in Rombo; the
region in which the school is located.
Brisbane High-Rise partnered with a
local club, the Rotary Club of Mkuu
Rombo, in the grant application
as well as the development and
implementation of building projects.
During 2013 the Global Grant was
approved and work on the first stage
of the project began. This was the
renovation/re-build of two of the
school’s original classrooms. Work
on the classrooms was managed and
supervised by Kimario, of the Rotary
Club of Mkuu Rombo. The classrooms
were completed early in 2014, just in
time for another visit by members of
the Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise.
The classrooms were officially opened
on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
The High-Rise group of nine was
led by current President, Wendy
Protheroe. The group travelled to
the school via a visit to the club
rooms of Mkuu Rombo where
they were welcomed by President
Swai, Assistant Governor Shao
and members of the club. It was
then onto the Mamba school for a
rousing welcome from the children,
the principal Mr Samba, teachers, the
school council and local community
leaders. The official opening of the
two classrooms was conducted by
the two club Presidents. Members of
the High-Rise team were impressed
by the quality of the final classrooms
– an enormous improvement on their
previous rundown condition.
There are two more stages to the
project; the next is focused on a
kitchen rebuild and finally a rebuild
of the toilet facilities. Finalising
the projects will contribute to the
enhancement of the educational
experience for all children at the
school, as well as assisting in a
dramatic improvement in health and
hygiene conditions at the school.
The aim is to complete these final
two stages by the end of June, well
in advance of another visiting group
from High-Rise in January 2015.
THE FUTURE OF
with CEO Joy Gillett
Penicillin was discovered in 1928, but
it was 1945 before it was introduced
as a “medicine” and dispensed as
a “miracle” drug. We now hear that
current antibiotics could become
ineffective as super strains of diseases
and infections are not reacting as they
once were. The call is out for researchers
to come up with more powerful drugs
to battle these infections.
Australian Rotary Health has been
funding research for just over 30
years. In our first few years we were
lucky enough to be involved with
Professor Terry Dwyer and his very
important work in SIDS, or Cot Death,
and the subsequent advice that is now
well-known about sleeping positions
Since that time we have not had
that monumental “eureka” moment,
but many of the projects and research
funded by Australian Rotary Health
have made a huge difference in
The initial guidelines for Mental
Health First Aid, now in existence
worldwide, were funded through
Many internet sites for anxiety
and depression – now being used
extensively by those unable to
access one-on-one counselling –
received funding from ARH.
Guidelines funded by ARH
have influenced the Australian
Government’s media advice for
the reporting of suicide.
Research funded by ARH showed
the usefulness of clonidine as a
treatment for children with ADD.
Medical Research is vital to good
health. We thank you for your financial
support to enable our work to continue.
If you are in need of counselling,
contact the Suicide Call Back Ser vice
on 1300 659 467 or LifeLine on 13 11
14 (Aus), 0800 543 354 (NZ) or visit
A rousing welcome from the students
of Mamba Primary School.
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