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JUNE 2014 E-News

#RICon14 - Enjoy the show Sydney because
it's on NOW - until Wednesday 4 June


Tourism making a world of difference in Cambodia

The legacy left by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge is tragic. Since Pol Pot’s regime fell, Cambodia's population has grown to 15 million, of which 85 per cent are uneducated, struggling farmers. Today, only a third of children finish school. There is no social welfare system. Nine in 10 people do not have clean water. Cholera, typhoid fever, malaria and dengue fever are common. Read story >

Off and racing on Onetangi Beach

The Rotary Club of Waiheke Island, NZ, organised another spectacular beach race meeting on March 2, when horses, ponies, trotters, tractors, wheelbarrows, children and Sealegs amphibious craft all came together, along with fashion and children’s events. Read story >

#RICon14 - Enjoy the show Sydney

It has been 10 years in the making, but #RICON14, otherwise known as the Rotary International Sydney Convention 2014 is here.In previous editions of Rotary Down Under we’ve covered various aspects of the convention, from pre-convention events and seminars to local tourist attractions.

The June edition of Rotary Down Under will give conventioneers the lowdown on what they’ll actually see and hear over the four days of plenary sessions and associated events: The speakers, the entertainers and the Rotary projects that will be featured. Read more >

Boost for Waitakere’s babies

Waitakere Hospital in West Auckland, NZ, came to West Auckland’s Rotary clubs with a request to help fund oximeters for its maternity unit.
Thanks to the four local clubs – Waitakere, Kumeu, Henderson and New Lynn – with the assistance of a grant from The Rotary Foundation, the hospital now has 10 new oximeters. Read story >

Howick fundraiser a runaway success

Waitakere An estimated 500 people participated in the Howick Fun Walk and Run organised by the Rotary Club of Howick in Auckland, NZ, on March 23, which raised money for Coastguard Howick. The event attracted a large number of families, teams of kids from local schools, as well as the more serious runners out to achieve their personal best time. Read story >

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Global grant connects continents

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. Read story >

Graffiti clean-up a big success in Christchurch

When the devastating earthquake struck Christchurch in February 2011, thousands of homes and businesses were damaged and had to be vacated. These vacant buildings provided a fertile opportunity for vandals to create an explosion of tags and graffiti in the city. 
With huge public concern, the Christchurch Rotary clubs decided graffiti clean-up would be an excellent service project to undertake. Read story >

Easter boost for Cromwell community

Thanks to the support of locals and visitors, the Rotary Club of Cromwell, NZ, raised more than $8000 for community projects over the Easter period. Read Story >

Community Rotary e-club hosts Thailand-France Youth Exchange

As a partnership between the Lycée de l’Empéri in Salon de Provence, France, and the Satit Kaset High School in Bangkok, Thailand, the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone, helped by the Inter Country Committee France-Thailand, allowed three young Thai students from Bangkok to stay three weeks with their French teacher in Salon de Provence, plus another week to visit Paris. Read Story >

Great photos are important for publicity

Pictures featuring people doing things is what sells your club and your project or event. Here you can see the outcome when a great picture has been taken at 1.5MB and was therefore large enough to enable cropping for dramatic effect.  In this case to the correct portrait shape needed for the cover of Rotary Down Under magazine. Well done Waiheke Island Rotary! In order to accommodate the magazine’s masthead banner, RDU has used their technical expertise to blur the background which has the added advantage of adding emphasis to the excitement of the race. It doesn’t matter the publicity media you are submitting your story and photos to. A good picture will always make the difference between inspiring your intended audience instead of being mildly interesting. So the next time you have an event or project, make sure that you are taking close up action photos of people using the highest setting available on your camera. Whenever you submit your publicity and photos to any media, remember to copy

RDU Magazine Digital Edition

Follow the link to access the full online June issue of Rotary Down Under Online Magazine.  Download the RDU APP from GooglePlay or iTunes to keep each issue up-to-date on your device (Go to step-by-step instructions).

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Life and Leisure

Henley on Todd | Les Illuminations | A tale of two breakfasts | Grape Expectations | Read Life and Leisure >

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Party in Paraty | Long road to farewell - part 1  | ANZAC centennial tour | Read Traveller >

Leaving the woodpile higher

We have a saying in Oklahoma that you need to leave the woodpile just a little higher than you found it. To do that, I needed to ask you to get involved. Involvement is what our theme this year – Engage Rotary, Change Lives – is all about. And, as each of us has done that – as each of us has gotten up out of our chairs and truly engaged Rotary – we have changed lives. Read RI President's message >

New Executive Director in the house

Chairman of Rotary Down Under Peter Sandercock has announced the appointment of Greg Kay as the organisation's new Executive Director.  Read more >

Trifles & Truffles: A Selection of Poems

To support Rl’s greatest international project, NZ Rotarian Stuart Thompson  has pledged all profits from his anthology of poetry to the PolioPlus program. Read story >

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Paul Harris Fellow contact details

Please address all queries regarding Paul Harris Fellow awards to The Rotary Foundation at the Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office in Parramatta. Contact Krissy Aure-Canson on +61 2 8894 9842 or 
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