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  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

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2016 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award goes to Uganda

Though they were a long way from home, members of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, felt confident they could tackle problems in rural Kanabulemu during their annual 1000 Smiles project. Their original plan focused on curtailing the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's in the Rakai District, where the first case of AIDS in Uganda was uncovered in 1982 and about 12 percent of the population has been infected with HIV in recent years. But the Rotaractors discovered that problems in the village extended far beyond the disease.

"The community lacked water, the school was in a sorry state, and the medical center was in an even sorrier state, especially the maternity ward," says Anitah Munkudane, president of the Bugolobi club. "The condition was worse than we had imagined."

The Rotaractors still weren't prepared for what they found when they launched the project with the Uganda Health Marketing Group. They expected to treat 700 at the medical camp in Kanabulemu. More than 1,000 patients came. Volunteers, including Rotaractors from other clubs and members of the club's sponsor, the Rotary Club of Bugolobi, provided comprehensive medical exams, dental screenings, medication, birth control, and more. And the troubled maternity ward? It got new mattresses to make childbirth more comfortable.

They presented benches and desks to the Keyebe Primary School and school supplies and uniforms to its pupils, many of whom are orphans. The team also helped install a borehole to bring much-needed water to the village.

For all of its exemplary work on the 1000 Smiles Kanabulemu Edition project, the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi was named the International Winner of the Rotaract Outstanding Project Award. Members will be honored at the Korea convention in June and will receive $500 to apply to a future project. The club will use it to help women suffering from fistula, says Munkudane.

Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards recognized other clubs for projects -- one in each of six regions and an international multidistrict project -- for their excellent humanitarian work.

International multidistrict project: Twelve Rotaract clubs from five districts in Turkey and Russia for the Just Like You With an (+1) Extra! project. Members collaborated with the Down Syndrome Association to organize training for children and adults with Down syndrome. Participants learned how to apply effective communication and cooperation strategies to improve their daily lives and hone job skills.

Asia Pacific: The Rotaract Club of Metro Cebu-CIT Chapter in the Philippines for Project WASHEd-UP, which transformed the lives of kids at Tagatay Elementary School in a remote area in the Philippines. Club members constructed a tank to safely store rainwater, taught the importance of hygiene and sanitation, and treated students who had skin infections and intestinal parasites.

South Asia: The Rotaract Club of The Caduceus in Maharashtra, India, for the Jana Swasthya Project. Members established a digital disease surveillance system to study epidemiological trends. Harnessing the power of mobile technology, they replaced a paper data-tracking system, allowing government officials and experts to access live data with a few clicks.

Europe, Middle East, Central Asia: The Rotaract Club of Istanbul-Dolmabahçe in Turkey for Still Child! Rotaractors organized conferences in rural areas, where local experts, psychologists, and doctors educated residents about how underage girls who are married are, statistically, undereducated and prone to medical and psychological problems.

Sub-Saharan Africa: The Rotaract Club of Lagune de Cotonou in Benin for Notre Bibliotheque. Rotaractors and Rotary members converted an abandoned building into a library for the nearly 400 children who attend Zogbadjè Primary Public School. Not only did Rotaractors design, fundraise, and implement construction plans, they stocked the new library with more than 500 books.

Latin America: The Rotaract Club of Nova Geração Itabaiana in Brazil for Projeto Sergipe. Rotaractors enrolled 100 students in literacy and professional development courses. The club developed a network of community partners and volunteers that donated meeting space for classes and lectures, developed training based on volunteers' professional expertise, and distributed educational materials and resources to students.

United States, Canada, and Caribbean: The Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, for Ready 2 Succeed. The project t matches high school juniors and seniors with Rotaract mentors to better prepare students for college. Over 75 percent of the program's participants, many first-generation college students, have enrolled in college programs.
By David Sweet – Rotary News

Photo: Members of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, participate in their annual 1000 Smiles project, which has been recognized as the 2016 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award winner.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of The Rotaract Club of Bugolobi

2012 Christmas Gift Wrapping Wrap-Up

2012 Christmas gift wrapping at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre was a successful fund raiser for Ryde Rotary. During the ten days (87.30hours) of gift wrapping we raised $5,468.95. The project was a good promotion for Rotary, we were able to display our banner in the shopping centre and we had a radio advertisement on 2RRR played leading up to Christmas. We were surprised when we had television coverage by SBS TV on Christmas Eve.

Ninety five volunteers participated in gift wrapping and in total they donated 560 hours and 45 minutes for this project. This year 65% of the participants were school and university students from James Ruse Agricultural High School and Ryde Youth Council, who enjoyed the experience and they were keen to spend long time gift wrapping. Apart from our Club members, Eastwood Rotary and Ryde Inner Wheel members came to help.

Here is a breakdown of the groups who helped and how much they contributed:

Rotary Club of Ryde
15 Rotarians + 7 family members - 198 hours and 25 minutes

Rotary Club of Eastwood
4 Rotarians - 20 hours & 25 minutes

Ryde Inner Wheel
3 Inner wheel  ladies - 8 hours & 50 minutes

James Ruse Interact Club
50 Interactors - 176 hours & 40 minutes

Ryde Youth Council
12 Ryde youth members - 141 hours & 55 minutes

Friends of Rotary
4 friends of Rotary - 14 hours & 30 minutes

The activity was highly appreciated by the management of Top Ryde City Shopping Centre and they are happy to extend our involvement to run other community projects in the Centre. All supplies (paper, ribbon and tapes) were donated by the Shopping Centre.  At the start of the project we were given two tables and by Christmas Eve we were using four tables

The success of this project was primarily due to the eagerness of the volunteers to help and the good location offered by the management of the Shopping Centre. 

I sincerely thank every Rotarian and their family members who came to help. My special thanks goes to Kalma McLellan, John Brown, Robert Senior, and Artin Etmekdjian who devoted over 10 hours each to gift wrap.  I would take this opportunity to mention James Camilleri and Carla Kassab from Ryde Youth Council who devoted 49 hours jointly to the project. I enjoyed working with both of them, when they turned up they were in charge of the project and making sure no one leaves the Centre without having the gifts purchased wrapped by Rotary volunteers.

Finally, I kindly ask you not to throw 2012 Christmas cards in the recycling bin, please give them to me to re-use as Christmas gift tags for 2013.

Thank you to all.

Nora Etmekdjian
Community Services Chair

Macquarie Uni Rotaract Launches with gala Charter night & fundraising trivia night

Macquarie Uni Rotary is getting a new Rotaract Club!  This is great news, as it shows a resurgence of interest in community service among our youth.  Supported by Ryde Rotary Club and other local Clubs, the Macquarie Uni Rotaract Club is going to become an excellent vehicle for students to experience and create community service projects.

They have already achieved some excellent results with International Service in pre-launch project warm-ups; two big projects in Vanuatu and Ache.

Support our youth and their efforts by attending these upcoming events:

Trivia night
21/8 Sat 6:30pm
Masonic hall Rowe St Eastwood
RSVP trivia@rotaractmq.org

Charter night
4/9 Sat 6:30pm
Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
Buffet, beer, wine & soft drinks included
rsvp charter@rotaractmq.org 


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