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We Need Your Help

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) is seeking the assistance from District 9510 members to distribute Government funded $500 debit cards to families that have been financially impacted by drought. This includes those currently in drought as well as those recovering from the intense drought of the past few years.
 
Rotary’s role is to
  • Assist with the promotion of and delivery of the community outreach events through community wellbeing activities and BBQ catering.
  • Distribute $500 debit cards at these events to eligible farming households that are experiencing financial hardship due to drought as direct support and to improve levels of economic activity in regions as these cards are spent in local communities and businesses. The Debit cards were also envisaged as an added incentive for families to attend the outreach events and thus become fully appraised of the Government and non-Government support available to them.
On behalf of Rotary, RAWCS has entered a partnership with the Commonwealth Government to assist in delivery of the Drought Community Outreach Program (DCOP), an initiative of National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA).
 
For participating Rotary Clubs this represents a fully funded Community Service Project opportunity and to date 60 Rotary Clubs have been engaged across the nation.
 
In recognition of the delays and disruption to the national outreach event itinerary, caused by Covid, the Government contract currently permits Rotary to distribute 5,600 of the available 12,000 debit cards outside of the outreach events by direct contact with eligible recipients. Currently 2,000 debit cards remain available to distribute this way in drought affected areas where no outreach events have been held or have been planned.
 
If you as a Club or individual know of families impacted by the drought, or would like to know more, please contact our Rotary District coordinator PDG Bob Cooper.
 
Contact Bob via email at rg.cooper@bigpond.com or phone 0418 802 986

Mark Balla - Toilet Warrior

Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG)

 

Mark Balla is better known as the Toilet Warrior. He is a member and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Vic.
During a business trip to India, Mark noticed that most schools didn't have toilets. The lack of a toilet facility was preventing children from attending school, and this was particularly difficult for female teachers and students.
Mark established the Operation Toilets - We Can't Wait Foundation, which builds toilets and delivers hygiene education programs in schools in developing countries
With the backing of his Rotary club and the assistance of Rotary grants, as well as funds from other partners, Mark's foundation has extended its work to other parts of the world, including Timor-Leste and Ethiopia.
Through his vision and expertise, Mark has shown us how toilets can make an impact on underprivileged children
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. Since 1910, Rotary has empowered dreamers like Mark to use their passion, energy and intelligence to take action and create sustainable projects to solve world problems.
When you gather together with 1.2 million people of like mind and have people like Bill and Melinda Gates donate funds to help achieve objectives, the opportunity for success is far greater."
Rotary has indeed empowered leaders who have dreamed the impossible dream!
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