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New Horizons Volume 1 Issue 20


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New Horizons Volume 1 Issue 20

  1. 1. New Horizons The Official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Inc. PO Box 168, Nedlands, Western Australia, 6909 District 9450 ABN: 99 602 195 617 Volume 1, Issue 20 1st - 7th June 2009 ShelterBox Special ShelterBox Activity for Minister Macklin Program for June District Changeover Rotary Foundation What is ShelterBox May 2009 Launches AquaBox Club program for June. Dinner Thought of the Week and what does it cost. Where has ShelterBox AquaBox is a Rotary Page 4 Invitation to the last This week’s thought is Page 1 been needed in the last initiative to provide District Changeover for about District month. clean water in disaster D9450. Simplified Grants. Page 2 & 3 zones. Page 4 Page 4 Page 3 ShelterBox. Well done ShelterBox works directly ShelterBox Margaret! with local organisations in countries where disasters Special Our mission have occurred, in partnership with other aid agencies and through the Rotarian Michael Reeves “To provide humanitarian international Rotary presented to the club at aid worldwide in the form network. last week’s meeting a of shelter, warmth and presentation on dignity to people Our volunteer teams often ShelterBox and the displaced by natural and oversee the distribution of important work that the other disasters.” boxes to individual project is doing. recipients – making sure Starting as a Club project A unique aid gets direct to those people who need it most. in the United Kingdom as a ‘Millennium Project’, solution ShlterBox is now a Global Our solution to disasters is What Does it Rotary Club Project. the ShelterBox – a tough, Cost? ShelterBox enjoys green plastic box extensive support in the containing a 10-person The cost of each United Kingdom, with tent and ancillary ShelterBox is Australia being the 2nd equipment designed to approximately $1200. biggest supporter of the enable a family of up to 10 The cost of the box and it’s project. people survive for at least contents is around $800- six months. $900, with the remainder The Rotary Club of of the $1200 covering the Freshwater Bay, in it’s first Made to a unique design transport of the 6 months has already using high quality ShetlterBox to the scene of sponsored 2 ShelterBoxes materials, our tents are the incident for which it is thanks to Mary Anne suitable for a wide range being deployed, and the Wright and Bryant Stokes. of conditions. Other items training of the ShelterBox Margaret Stuart has also may include insulated Response Team members. been fundraising at her groundsheets, thermal work in order to sponsor blankets, a multi-fuel The two main distribution another ShelterBox, with stove, cooking equipment, points are currently Thursday night’s progress tools, mosquito nets, England and Melbourne. report stated indicating water containers etc. that only $40 was required   This year saw ShelterBox to meet her target. Exact contents will being deployed in Margaret also informed us depend upon local Australia for the first time, that her employer has conditions and what is as a response to the agreed to match her most needed. Victorian Bushfires in fundraising in order to February. sponsor a second Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450 1
  2. 2. N E W H O R I Z O N S ShelterBox activity for May 2009 expected to arrive in the 250 ShelterBoxes, 224 relief ShelterBox Additional aid tents, 250 heavy duty tents country by 1 June. A responds to ShelterBox Response Team sent to Pakistan and 380 ‘family kits’ of essential equipment which Cyclone Aila (SRT) is due to leave for Wednesday 27 May, are already in Pakistan. “The Bangladesh shortly to need for ShelterBox is PAKISTAN: Volunteers at Thursday 28 May, identify those most in need massive. In total there are the Helston HQ have been 1.88 million registered BANGLADESH: Tw o and coordinate aid packing an additional 250 displaced people since the hundred ShelterBoxes are ShelterBoxes to be sent to distribution. The SRT conflict began with little or Pakistan to assist those who being sent to Bangladesh to volunteers are Stuart Oates no shelter available for have fled their homes give emergency shelter to them,” says Mark. “I went to (UK), Pat Prendergast (UK) because of the conflict in the one registration point and those affected by Cyclone and Owen Smith (NZ). north west of the country. they received 1,200 people in Aila which hit the south of The latest shipment of aid is According to latest reports, one day and that was a quiet due to arrive in Islamabad by the country on 25 May. The more than 200 people have day. The situation is so bad. the end of the month. ShelterBoxes, which will give In government buildings been killed by the cyclone ShelterBox Response Team close to the conflict area there help to up to 2,000 people, and 600,000 displaced. More member Mark Pearson (UK) are three families (90 people) is in the country to are being despatched from than 600,000 people have living in each room. The coordinate the aid prepositioned stock held at been displaced by the cyclone conditions are horrendous.” distribution. He is currently Birmingham Airport and are overseeing the allocation of Aid reaches Filipino homeless Tu e s d a y 26 M a y, PHILIPPINES: Shelterbox Response Team (SRT) volunteers Peter Pearce (Aus) and Lyndon Tamblyn (NZ) have successfully distributed 100 ShelterBoxes to those left homeless by typhoons Chan- Hom and Kujira which struck the north of the country earlier this month. Half the boxes were distributed in the village of Olanen in Pangasinan Province which had been badly damaged by a 20 metre tidal surge. The remainder were distributed to those most in need on Dewey Island. The government estimates that 16,000 homes were totally destroyed by the typhoons and 24,000 partially destroyed. Fifty five people died. ShelterBox is working in the country with the National Disaster Co- ordination Council and local Rotarians. 2 Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450
  3. 3. N E W H O R I Z O N S to give shelter to people much needed shelter to the First affected by typhoons Chan- most vulnerable people who consignment of Hom and Kujira which struck have been forced to leave ShelterBoxes sent the north of the country their homes because of the aid reaches earlier this month. The boxes fighting.” ShelterBox is to Sri Lanka are being taken from pre- working in Sri Lanka with Pakistan positioned stock in local Rotarians, Habitat for Melbourne. On arrival in Humanity, the International Tuesday 5 May, SRI Wednesday 20 May, Manila they will be trucked Organisation for Migration LANKA: 448 ShelterBoxes PAKISTAN: ShelterBox is to Pangasinan Province, and the United Nations. “We are being sent to Sri Lanka to reacting to the growing which bore the brunt of the are continuing to assess the provide shelter to those who humanitarian crisis in the typhoons. The government situation on the ground on a have lost their homes in the country as hundreds of estimates that 13,881 homes daily basis and will send current conflict. The boxes thousands of people flee the in the province have been additional assistance if it is are being despatched from fighting between the army totally destroyed and 10,969 needed,” says ShelterBox prepositioned stock in and militants in the north partially destroyed. The Operations Manager Pete Singapore and Dubai and are west. ShelterBox Response boxes will be distributed by Sykes. expected to arrive in the Team member Mark Pearson ShelterBox Response Team country by 7 May. ShelterBox (UK) is in the country to volunteers Peter Pearce (Aus) Response Team (SRT) oversee the distribution of and Lyndon Tamblyn (NZ). ShelterBox reacts volunteers John Mackie (US) 112 ShelterBoxes which have been prepositioned in ShelterBox is working in the to typhoons in and John Cordell (US) are leaving for Sri Lanka to country with the National Pakistan since March and an Disaster Co-ordination the Philippines replace the current SRT additional 250 ShelterBoxes, Council and local Rotarians. m e m b e r s M i k e 250 heavy duty tents and 380 Tu e s d a y 12 M a y, Greenslade(UK) and Dave ‘family kits’ of essential Webber (UK) at the end of equipment which are due to First ShelterBoxes PHILIPPINES: A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has this week. “The team has arrive on 22 May. Mark will also assess the need for distributed in Sri been sent to assess the impact been identifying working where hard the of typhoons Chan-Hom and further shipments of aid. Lanka Kujira which have struck the greatest need is and making ShelterBox is currently country in the past week. SRT sure we have the right working in the country with Wednesday 13 May, SRI volunteers Peter Pearce (Aus) paperwork to start work on local Rotarians, the National LANKA: 224 ShelterBoxes and Lyndon Tamblyn (NZ) the ground,” says ShelterBox Rural Support Programme are being distributed today in will be working with the Operations Manager Pete and other agencies. “There is Menik Farm (Zone 3) in the local National Disaster Sykes. “I am pleased to say clearly a great need for Vanni region to give shelter Coordinating Council to that we now have permits to emergency shelter,” says to vulnerable IDPs with assess the need for start operating in the field. A ShelterBox Operations special needs who have emergency shelter in the big thanks to local Rotarians Manager Pete Sykes. “The escaped the fighting in the country. Typhoon Chan-Hom for their help in liaising with first consignment of aid is area. An additional 224 struck the north of the the appropriate authorities.” already being distributed and ShelterBoxes are due to arrive country on 7 May killing 48 In addition to local Rotarians, we are preparing to send in Menik Farm by 16 May. people and destroying more ShelterBox is also working more.” ShelterBox Response Team than 6,000 homes, according with Habitat for Humanity, (SRT) volunteers John Mackie to media reports. A week The International Organisation for Migration ShelterBoxes sent (US) and John Cordell (US) earlier Typhoon Kujira killed and the UN. The UN are supervising the 27 people and left more than to the Philippines distribution. “We are 50,000 homeless. “We will estimates that more than working closely with our assess the situation and then 150,000 people have been partners on the ground to get decide on our level of displaced in recent months as Thursday 14 May, the ShelterBoxes despatched response,” says ShelterBox the fighting has intensified. PHILIPPINES: One hundred ShelterBoxes are being as soon as we can,” says John Operational Manager Pete despatched to the Philippines Mackie. “We will be giving Sykes. Aquabox is a Rotary initiative the requirements to purify Minister Macklin to provide potable water to contaminated water, together launches Aquabox families in disaster zones with basic humanitarian aid where a supply of clean water as advised by AusAID.   In is not otherwise available.  this form, each Aquabox costs By David Flint Simple instructions enable a $480 to prepare and ship to an Rotary Club of Eltham, Vic. family to purify 1000 litres. affected area and is provided Following an agreement with by funds donated to, or raised Members of the Rotary Club AusAID initiated by Ms by, the Rotary Club of of Eltham, Vic, were joined by Macklin to store and Eltham. the Federal Minister for distribute Aquaboxes to Immediately following the Families, Housing, distressed areas in our region, Black Saturday bushfires, 108 Community Services and Eltham Rotary leased a small boxes – representing the Indigenous Affairs, Jenny factory in Eltham to prepare entire stock of prepared Macklin, to celebrate the boxes for shipment. Most Aquaboxes – were shipped opening of the Club’s Aquaboxes are comprised of into the affected areas. This Aquabox Centre on April 30. Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450 3
  4. 4. N E W H O R I Z O N S bearers take on their new role (Cont. from Pg3) enabled a Aquabox project,” said Ian District of the next Rotary Year. number of families who relied on Thomas, Director, Service tank water access to drinkable Projects. Changeover This year will see Geoff water until their own tanks could be cleaned or replaced. “We can now ensure delivery to Simpson take over from Sue affected areas within our region.  Rowell as District Governor. “I am delighted to have been We never ever thought that we You are cordially invited to the involved with this project and to would be required to deploy District Changeover Dinner, at It would be great to see a large have played a part in the Aquaboxes in Australia and the Karrinyup Country Club turnout this year, to witness formation of the agreement with within a 20km radius of where on 27th June 2009. our last changeover as District AusAID,” Ms Macklin said. we are tonight.   But at least we 9450. “I wish Eltham Rotary every were ready!” The District Changeover is success in this next stage of their when the District Governor, For information contact David Aquabox project.” “This is a and other district office- Flint on 0419309282. major step forward for our A dictionary may not be your clubs in Southwest Florida, humanitarian projects in their The Rotary first choice for an exciting USA, distributed dictionaries communities. Foundation read, but for many students, it’s the key to unlocking a to every third grader in District 6960. One club, one grant, one world of amazing Rotarian can bring wonder to Week 48: This week’s Rotary information. Using District Clubs worldwide use these the eyes of a child Foundation Thought is about Simplified Grants, Rotary grants to support short-term District Simplified Grants. Guest Speaker Support Program for June Date Details Date Details 4th June Steve Weychan - Climb for a Smile 4th June Steve Weychan - Climb for a Smile Judith Dowson to Introduce 11th June Jeffrey Williams - The 2006 Tsunami Andrea Hayward to give Vote of Thanks 18th June Committee Meetings Board Club Details Welcoming Roster Rotary Year 2008-09 Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay Inc. Date Name PO Box 168, Di Collins — President Nedlands, Western Australia, 6909 4th June Rajah Senathirajah Ken Collins — Vice President / Membership Director Meetings 11th June Marcos Carot Collins Thursday 5:45pm to 6:45pm Cafe, Bethesda Hospital 18th June Elizabeth Bain Queenslea Drive Rajah Senitharajah — Treasurer Claremont 25th June Simone Carot Collins Email Daniel Forsdyke — Secretary Phone  08 9385 0471 Bulletin Contributions Bryant Stokes — Projects Director Fax 08 9385 0472 Contributions for the weekly bulletin are Claire Forsdyke — International Director Website sought from members of the club. Why not use the bulletin to update the club Toni James — PR & Marketing Facebook on the projects your committee is working Committee Director on or promote the clubs next fundraising gid=47737002646 event. Please forward articles and photos to Peter Symons — Club Administration Chartered 19 December 2008 Director 4 Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, District 9450