The Rotary District 9800 annual conference was held in the regional city of Shepparton and it proved to be a very successful event. Each session over the two days was filled with rich Rotary content. The theme of the conference was "Connecting Communities - Serving Humanity" and the speakers were engaged to provide informative and entertaining presentations based on this theme.
Our club contributed to the proceedings by presenting a video of our most recent International project - building a bore water system in northern Uganda to supply clean water for school students and the local community. Here is the video.
The Rotary Club of Werribee has donated $300 to the NTCM Charity in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for the purchase of another Kien Tuon Tricycle wheelchair. This is the second such donation the Club has made to NTCM.
The recipient is Mai Thi Huong (Huong) who was born in 1974 with a severe deformity in her left leg. Over time, her leg muscles have atrophied. Walking has become increasingly difficult. She relies on crutches to move about and travel outside. She has been unable to receive corrective surgery and rehabilitation.
Special thanks goes to our busy member, Michael Redding, for organising this special gift.
Click here to read more about Huong's story and her renewed sense of hope since receiving her wheelchair.
Our annual Rotary Golf Day has been another outstanding success. Golfers played in fine and sunny conditions and the scores were hot. It prompted someone to say that "a bad day at golf is always better than a good day at work".
There were 114 players in the field and they all thoroughly enjoyed the day. After the game, dinner and drinks were served at the clubhouse followed by entertainment from funny man, Marty Fields, and the presentation of prizes.
The event would not have been the success is was if it wasn't for the hard-working Golf Committee, ably led by President-Elect Ross Conley, the services of our volunteers on the day and, of course, Mother Nature. Well done to all.
The club is also grateful to its generous sponsors. Their support by way of donations of money, prizes and other items helped to realise a net sum of approximately $23,000 on the day. All proceeds this year are being directed to the Werribee Mercy Hospital for their critical care unit.
Click here to see some fantastic photos taken on the day by Lynn Slade.
Meet Christopher Ochaya. He is from the village of Gulu in Uganda. The Rotary Club of Werribee is sponsoring Christopher as part of a Rotary scholarship that he won to visit Australia to study agricultural techniques.
The scholarship is named after Royce and Jean Abbey. Royce was the International Rotary President in 1988-89. He wanted to establish a program that funded individuals from underdeveloped countries to undertake practical training in Australia in the areas of food production, forestry, agriculture, environmental research, and community leadership and development. The training is intended to equip the successful candidate with knowledge and skills that can be used in their own communities.
Christopher arrived in Melbourne on Saturday 4th February and will spend 3 months in Victoria visiting and experiencing a number of diverse agricultural businesses including an egg farm, a beef property and a free-range pig operation.
The Rotary Club of Werribee is proud to report that their international project to build a new bore-water system at the Sir Tito Winyi Secondary School in the village of Masindi in Northern Uganda has been completed.
Clean water is now officially flowing through the taps signalling the completion of all major works of the project. Students, teachers and community members now have the opportunity to experience and taste the clean water at the school.
The new system will supply 400 students and 1600 villagers with clean water. For many years, senior school children walked several kilometers each day to fill 20-litre containers with dirty water for consumption during the day.
Funds for the project were raised by donations from 10 supporting Rotary clubs, generous personal donations and matching grants from District 9800 funds and a Rotary International Global Grant.
Click here to view other images of the project.
Three hundred pieces of art work were on display at the annual Rotary art exhibition which was held at the Wyndham Civic Centre. It was well attended by the local community and 17 items were sold.
Congratulations to the hard-working committee for their efforts.
Click here to view some of the paintings.
One of the club's newest projects is called Apprentice Connect. We have partnered with the Wyndham Central College on their Pathways and Transitions Program. The program is aimed at helping young students who are intending to join the workforce rather than progressing on to tertiary education.
Three Rotarians were invited to the school to talk to the students about their own work and life experiences. They also spoke about how Rotary can help in many ways in life.
They offered to act as mentors if the students felt the need to seek advice about applying for jobs and preparing for an interview. The members enjoyed the experience and felt that they had made a small but positive impact. The school is keen to work with the club on future projects.
Pictured above are Rotarians Marty, Steve and Anthony addressing the class.
Click here to view a video of their presentation.
The Werribee River is one of the regions best kept secrets. The river meanders through the suburbs and township of Werribee before heading to the sea at Werribee South. Tracks have been constructed along the banks of the river to enable walkers and cyclists to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the environment which is a haven for wildlife, particularly many species of birds.
However, the waterway suffers from an accumulation of unsightly rubbish. Fortunately, the Rotary Club of Werribee, in conjunction with numerous like-minded people in the community, have joined forces to remove as much of the rubbish as possible.
Various working bees have been conducted. The latest project was to clean up an area of the river adjacent to the main shopping precinct. This was the third cleanup day conducted during this year. Another two are planned for the Wyndham Harbour area and the Point Cook Marine Park before the end of the year.
Click here to see some photos of our Rotarians and friends at work.