August 2014 - Digital Edition (NZ/Pacific)

ROMAC: Changing lives one child at a time | A Date with Rotary: Speed dating picks up potential Rotarians | A Site to Behold: It's time to shine online | Maryborough: Turning the tide on family violence
A Story from Sabu

In a remote part of East Indonesia, the people of Sabu Island have always struggled to survive with little or no rain for much of the year.

John Manks, of the Rotary Club of Beaumaris, Vic, visited the island when travelling through Indonesia in 2006. He recognised the urgent need for an improvement in the availability of clean water on Sabu. As a result, a Matching Grant project was initiated, resulting in the Sabu Water Well project, with 22 wells being constructed.  Read story >
New Rotaract Club for Hawthorn

The Rotaract Club of Swinburne was chartered on June 14 at the Geebung Polo Club in Hawthorn, Vic, when members from the sponsor Rotary clubs of Glenferrie and Yarra Bend, district officials, family and friends joined the new Rotaractors to celebrate the birth of their club.

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Charity begins at home

The Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise, NZ, and Waiariki Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the business community, are aiming to build five houses over five years to raise funds for charitable purposes locally via the Charity House project.

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Miss World NZ contestants model 'Beauty with a Purpose'

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) was presented with $25,000 raised by Miss World New Zealand contestants towards the costs of an operation for Loren Gavales, a five year old girl from San Enrique in the Philippines.

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Life skills centre building new futures

The Rotary Club of Sydney's major project for 2013-14, the Rotary Life Skills Centre, was officially opened by the NSW governor Dame Marie Bashir and then Rotary International president Ron Burton.

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Changing lives one child at a time

Like so many successful Rotary projects, ROMAC was the initiative and dream of one Rotarian and, in its first year, treated one child. Today ROMAC treats around 50 children each year with a team of dedicated Rotarian volunteers in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Pacific region.

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Offer applies to sailings ex Broome 9 & 29 April and 19 May or ex Darwin 19 April and 9 May.
Quote your membership number, club and district, at the time of booking, and receive a $100 gift voucher.

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Disaster Aid's Deployment & Training Manager, Rotarian Ed Cox has been back in the Philippines after attending the Sydney RI Convention.  Working with local and Melbourne Rotarians and our partner, Balay Mindanaw Foundation, efforts have been focused on training of the SkyHydrantâ„¢ water filtration system.  There is a vital need for clean drinking water, especially since the recent outbreak of cholera in the region.

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Youth exchange changing lives in Argentina

During her last year as a 16-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange student Charlotte Burgess travelled from her quiet rural community near Drury, NZ, to a very different world in Alta Gracia, Argentina.

A project initiated by Charlotte while in Argentina is nearing completion and will significantly benefit the children at the Rector Avanzi Preschool in Alta Gracia by adding an outside shelter.

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ANZAC Day In Vietnam April 2015

Rotarian George Booth from Travel Tree, also ex Army, has organised an escorted 18 day tour from Australia culminating in ANZAC day at Long Tan Battlefield. The tour starts in Siem Reap Cambodia (visiting famous Angkor Wat Temple) followed by a wonderful 7 night cruise on La Marguerite from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh, four nights in Ho Chi Minh prior to an extensive tour of the Battlefields including Cu Chi Tunnels, Long Hai Mountain, Nui Dat, Baria and Vung Tau.

Fly Free airfares are available until 30 September 2014.
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FREEDOM: Book your charity fundraising screening to help End Polio
Heroes hit the spot in many of our hearts and in my book ordinary people who become heroes by risking their lives to help others, are the most inspirational heroes of all.  A new movie coming to cinemas August 21 titled FREEDOM, is a film that that tells one such story and is sure to sit in your heart and head well after you leave the cinema.

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From Vessel of War to Beacon of Peace

In 1915, as the ANZACS made land at Gallipoli, one allied vessel made it through the Dardanelles Strait. An Australian AE2 submarine ran the gauntlet of mines, Turkish guns and enemy ships as it negotiated the Narrows and slipped into the Sea of Marmara.

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Athens to Istanbul Cruise Book Now! Cabins available

Join this Athens to Istanbul 10 day voyage of discovery to stand in the Gallipoli dawn aboard 5 star Azamara Journey. Balcony staterooms and suites available from $8,740pp.

Anzac Ballot Ticket Holders welcome.

Travelling alone? Ask about single berths.

The only Anzac Centenary travel endorsed by Australian Geographic Society.

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Community bus gets a makeover

The Rotary Club of Myrtleford, Vic, recently took delivery of its latest Community Bus, the eighth bus the club has provided for the community since 1991.

The club has taken a far more aggressive approach to its Rotary awareness campaigns in recent years, reaching a far broader audience. From the district-sponsored 18x9m sign boards to the three consecutive years of Humanity in Motion books and its own pamphlets and local signage. The club has also developed a website and Facebook page.
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