Wear a hat on Friday, October 10 and make a donation to help shine a light on mental illness in Australia. Hat Day is an initiative of Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest non-government funders of mental illness research in Australia.
100% of the money raised for Hat Day goes to research into helping those affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised we are entering an El Nino weather pattern and have recommended that Queensland farming communities store feed for another season of minimal rainfall. But when you already have no feed, what do you do – and where do you turn to?
Timor Leste has been at war in various guises since the 1940s and while it became an independent nation in 2002 and is making steady progress at rebuilding and developing, there is still a war to be won – the war against malaria.
In an extreme attempt to raise money and awareness for Rotary’s End Polio Now! Campaign, Ken Hutt and a team of fellow mountaineers spent five weeks on the world’s sixth highest mountain earlier this year – then jumped off it!
For an adventure of a truly epic spirit, the Kimberley has few equals. Largely inaccessible and protected by its very remoteness, it offers jaw-dropping landscapes etched with ancient human history.
Aboard Silversea’s Silver Discoverer you will have the perfect platform for exploring with an expert team of guides and lecturers, 12 zodiacs and pool.
All shore excursions are complimentary, including a flight over the Bungle Bungles. All beverages on-board are also provided complimentary.
Rotary Exclusive Offer:
Ultimate Cruising has designed a very special package for Rotarians for the 2015 season, which includes free air fares from any capital city. For further information and a brochure call 1300 4 ULTIMATE (1300 485 846).
Conditions apply. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Rotary guided ANZAC centenary tour to Borneo
Bob Coventry, president of the Rotary Club of Fremantle, WA, and ex-army, will be hosting an ANZAC tour to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, North Borneo, for ANZAC Day 2015. Bob will oversee the seven-night tour from April 22-29.
While visits have been arranged to the Orang Utan sanctuary, the highlight will be the dawn service at Sandakan, the official dinner and the visit to Kundasang War Memorial. The land content cost for seven nights is $1565 per person twin share with airfares available from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. For more information visit www.georgebooth.com.au
Bridging the digital divide
Rotary in New Zealand, along with the Auckland University of Technology, is helping close the technological gap between developed and developing nations.
Helloworld Biloela and Scenic Tours have put together a one-off dedicated tour for Rotarians to explore the beautiful continent of South America post Rotary Conference in Sao Paulo, June 2015. The 20-day tour encapsulates the best of South America – diversity, excitement, vibrancy and beauty await! For a limited time there is a partner fly free offer plus many more inclusions. Unique and special, every day will be a highlight. Don’t delay! Call Helloworld Biloela for more information on 07 4992 1966.
Three-year-old Esmael from Timor Leste suffered with a serious heart problem. But before ROMAC could operate he was quarantined for three weeks as there was a danger he might catch chicken pox. Worse, due to excessive fluid on his lungs he had to stay an extra two weeks after his operation during which he ran around all the wards. Despite that the nurses said he was their 'naughty favourite'!
Thanks to the support of Rotary clubs, ROMAC has proudly changed and saved the lives of almost 50 children this last financial year.