February is World Understanding month in the Rotary calendar
Sweet as ...
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cromwell, NZ, Youth Exchange Student Anders Lade from Denmark arrived at a chilly Queenstown Airport on July 24. Since then, Anders has embraced the Kiwi mantra of “sweet as” and grabbed every opportunity with two hands.
When the Rotary clubs of Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra and Roxburgh, NZ, heard that the Central Otago Health Services Limited (COHSL) Dunstan Hospital and allied services needed to replace their community services van, the clubs banded together to come up with a solution.
Cyclone Marcia leaves a path of destruction in her wake
At its peak, Cyclone Marcia caused 69,500 premises to lose power, at least 1000 homes suffered structural damage and 385 properties have been deemed uninhabitable. The Insurance Council of Australia has received 8950 claims, with the estimated insurance losses now standing at $53.4 million. These numbers are confronting, but they are nothing compared to the human suffering the cyclone caused.
ShelterBox is currently working in Southern Malawi following sever flooding that has left hundreds of thousands homeless. NSW Central Coast Rotarian and ShelterBox Response Team member, Peter Pearce, is currently on the ground helping to distribute aid. Peter is soon to be joined by another Australian volunteer, Peita Berzins, also from the Central Coast. Peita, a retired teacher, completed her SRT training last October and this will be her first deployment. We wish Peita, Peter and the rest of the team the best of luck.