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Imagine what your life would be like
if your child was ill and you could not
access medical treatment?
What if your child was disfigured
and was treated as an outcast?
Thousands of families face this awful
dilemma every day. These families
mostly live in remote villages and are
unable to access sometimes even basic
These are the children and families
whose lives are proudly changed and
saved by ROMAC.
ROMAC is supported by
compassionate surgical teams who
often donate their time and expertise.
They also develop new techniques
that have not only benefited ROMAC
children, but have also been used to
save the lives of Australian and New
This compassion, coupled with
minimal overheads, including no office
and no paid staff, guarantees every
donated dollar is wisely spent and is
worth many, many times more than
It’s also comforting to know that
your donations are spent supporting
our local businesses and hospitals.
Only with your support can ROMAC
continue saving the lives of these
underprivileged children, often giving
them and their families their one and
only opportunity at live a normal,
healthy, happy life.
Please help Rotarians continue their
humanitarian work with a generous,
tax deductible donation. Visit our
website www.romac.org.au and sign
up to give $5 (tax deductible) per
month. Together we can save children’s
lives. My promise to you is that
your donation will make a difference.
On behalf of our children and their
grateful families, thank you.
A long-running literacy project of the
Rotary Club of Drouin, Vic, is reaching
fruition in the Philippines. The
brainchild of Rotarian Terry Blundell, a
retired local primary school principal,
the original proposal was to send
50 boxes of reading material to 21
schools in Lingig School District II in
the remote area of Surigao del Sur, on
the island of Mindanao.
Terry visited this location several
years ago and was taken aback by
the lack of English reading material
in a country where English is the
second language. Upon his return he
addressed the Rotary Club of Drouin
and outlined his vision of “doing
something different” to assist those
who have so little.
Since March 2012, 27 cartons of
picture story books, novels, early
literacy reading material and teachers’
resources have been sent to the area
and distributed to the schools and
their 2000 students.
Encouraged by the progress, the
club applied for and was successful
in obtaining a matching grant of
$40,000 from The Rotary Foundation
to implement the second phase of
the program. The application was
supported by the Rotary Club of
Bislig City, Philippines. The aim of
this phase was “to improve teaching
and learning outcomes in literacy
and maternal health awareness”
by providing 22 laptop computers
and printers, including solar power
installations for schools not connected
to the electricity grid.
Coupled with the Maternal Health
Awareness program, this would
enable these communities to access
much-needed guidance and health
School communities will be able
to produce newsletters for better
dissemination of information among
parents. Another benefit of this part
of the program is the assistance to
teachers, principals and administrators
in the storage and transfer of records
and information electronically
rather than the laborious and time-
consuming methods previously used
in those areas.
In November, the first of the pilot
schools was presented with their
computers and printers at Mahogany
Elementary School by President Jojo
Paler of the Rotary Club of Bislig City,
with a further roll-out undertaken
in February. Staged deliveries will
continue over the next two years.
Rotary gets the
Past District Governor Roberto Dormendo, left,
Mahogany Elementary School Supervisor Dr
Elizabeth Gardones, Rotary Club of Bislig City
Matching Grant Coordinator Yoyong Siega and
Rotary Club of Bislig City President Jojo Paler.
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