Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful storm to hit Haiti in generations, destroying homes and communities in it path.
The Category 4 hurricane struck Haiti on Tuesday causing massive destruction to the already vulnerable country. Initial reports show 12,000 are in need of shelter, and this number is expected to rise significantly. A United Nations official in Haiti, Mourad Wahba, described the storm as “the largest humanitarian event” in the country since the earthquake that struck the country in 2010. At least 11 people have been killed and this number is expected to rise as the extent of the damage becomes clear.
Even though the storm has passed in Haiti, the devastation and destruction is not yet over. Communities are experiencing flash-flooding and mudslides that continue to rip houses apart and put families at risk of waterborne diseases like cholera.
The storm is now moving north through Cuba and is heading to the Bahamas with wind speeds of 230 km/h, causing 3 metre tidal surges and more than one metre of rainfall in some communities.
ShelterBox already has some aid stored in Haiti and large stocks of aid in Panama, ready to assist during the hurricane season. With airports closed, some of this aid has already been dispatched from Curacao aboard the Dutch Navy vessel HMNS Holland. The aid includes water filtration equipment which will be vital given the flooding, solar lighting to assist during electricity black outs, blankets, special shelter kits of tools and tarpaulins to help weatherproof damaged buildings.
Rather than sponsor a ShelterBox, we ask you to donate to our flexible relief fund, ‘The ShelterBox Soltion’ so that we can tailor our response to the needs of those affected.
Gregory Fyfe was our fantastic guest speaker last week. He spoke about his time with the Burrumbuttock Hay runners and their mercy run to Ilfracombe just near Longreach in Queensland. The group organised hundreds of trucks and thousands of bales of hay to be delivered to the drought stricken area in northern Queensland. Based in Walbundrie, event organiser, Brenden Farrell has gained the support of the Australian public and completed 11 hay runs since 2014. Initially funded by the Rotary club of Sydney the project has seen many other clubs and organisations jump on board with huge fundraising efforts around the country. Events from concerts to head shaves have raised thousands of dollars and created huge public support for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Greg explained that the run was not only a great financial help for the local drought stricken farmers, but it was a fantastic moral booster. The local towns were doing it tough and the run was as much about boosting and highlighting the mental health of the farmers as it was feeding their stock. To find out more about the Burrumbuttock hay runners check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/burrumbuttockhayrunners/
Our guest speaker for last weeks meeting, George Holt is Head of Department, Information Technology, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.
In 2015 George won a 2015 Premier’s TAFE Scholarship, and in April/May 2016 he travelled to Europe for a five week study tour of Finland and Austria gaining many new insights into education. In his words “he had the best time”.
The study tour included introductions, campus tours and conversations that helped George to better understand the Finnish and Austrian vocational educational systems.
He found that both Finland and Austria have incredibly professional systems where students receive excellent support from their teachers to prepare them for their careers. He was also very impressed by the partnerships between the business sector and campuses to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge to be successful.
As George said ”Study tours and exchange programs are a brilliant opportunity to open your eyes and see your own organisations strengths and weaknesses. This provides an opportunity to focus on positive steps to move forward. As I reflect back on my own experiences I can see steps that could make a huge improvement in the Australian VET sector.”
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. A huge congratulation to Jenny Lovekin for her outstanding year as President and good luck to Geraldine Rurenga for next year in the hot seat.
Saturday the 2nd July we will be holding our 9th Annual changeover dinner at the Mercure Grand ballroom. Tickets are only $45 per head and include a 2 course meal, Entertainmnet by Samantha Riordan and Matthew Garvie as well as a keynote speech by Mark Saddler. To book your ticket simply email firstname.lastname@example.org before the 24th June.
Over the last couple of months the Murrumbidgee Rotary club has been feverishly selling raffle tickets raising much needed funds for the construction of a brand new Abbeyfield House right here in Wagga Wagga.
Almost $2000 was raised and will go directly the the construction of a new facility on the corner of Paul and Stanley St, Wagga. Abbeyfield House is a not for profit, non denominational group home for people with physical and mental disabilities. The group homes provide companionship and a home in which to live with dignity, self respect and independence. Fore more information on Abbeyfield House, why not click here
Congratulations to our winners
1st prize – TCL 50 inch television won by:
GREG BRYCE of Uranquinty (ticket no: 0821)
2nd prize– $300 Myer Gift Voucher won by:
TREVOR SLATER of Wagga Wagga (Ticket no: 0120)
3rd Prize – Original paintings – “Acorns” by Bev Harris (Value $400) and “The homestead” by Brenda Wiggett (Value $160) won by:
E. RURENGA of Oberon (Ticket no: 0098)
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and ticket sellers.