The Rotary Club of Werribee's international project to build a water well at the Sir Tito Winyi Secondary School in the village of Masindi in Northern Uganda is now underway.
Drilling has been completed which resulted in the discovery of good groundwater quality and volume. Infrastructure has now commenced with bores being capped and security fencing and a pump housing constructed. Solar panels have also been installed.
However, the ageing 60,000 and 20,000 litre steel water-storage tanks are leaking and need to be replaced. The original assessment was that they would be repaired but this is no longer viable. The cost of replacement steel tanks are beyond budget estimates. Other options are now being considered and additional income is being sought.
When completed, the new bore system will supply 400 students and 1600 villagers with clean water. Currently senior school children walk several kilometers each day to fill 20-litre containers with dirty water for consumption during the day.
The project cost is $80,000AUD. Funds 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.
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Congratulations to the Wyndham Leaders of the Future team who completed their 7-day trek along the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea on April 25 - ANZAC Day. It was a gruelling walk which saw them trek along mountainous and muddy jungle tracks in very wet conditions.
Wyndham Leaders of the Future is an innovative program that supports young people who have an ambition to be successful in life and to become future leaders in the community. The aim of the program is to provide them with a unique experience, one that will take them out of their comfort zone. At the same time, it seeks to build up their confidence and self-esteem and to learn the true value of teamwork and leadership.
Rotarian Steve Evans and members of the Victoria Police Force accompanied the group of secondary school students and acted as mentors. The team also wanted to honour Australian defence forces who waged one of the toughest and most successful conflicts against the Japanese army in World War II. They are very proud of their achievements. Congratulations to everyone.
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Effervescent member of the Rotary Club of Werribee, Phil Purdy, is riding his bike with a group of 30 riders on a 7-day journey to raise money for ROCAN (Rotary Ovarian Cancer). The end of the ride will coincide with the commencement of the District 9800 Conference at Bendigo on Friday 11th March.
Phil and his fellow riders have been performing this amazing feat for about 10 years. They have raised almost $1 million in that time. All proceeds go towards research of ovarian cancer and support of victims.
This year they will be travelling on roads through the heart of Victoria. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is quite foreboding with temperatures expected to reach 42 degrees Celsius on some days.
We wish them a safe and successful ride.
Click here to see some photos at the beginning of their journey.
On 3rd February, one of the club's newest members, Michael Redding, presented a donation from the Rotary Club of Werribee of a Kien Tuong tricycle wheelchair to Ba (Nguyen Thi Ba), a 39 year old disabled mum living in Phuoc An village in Vietnam.
Three years ago, Ba fell four metres from a bamboo ladder when harvesting black pepper, severely damaging her spinal cord and losing the use of her legs. Subsequently, her husband deserted her, leaving her with two children to raise.
Ba was extremely delighted for the gift and very grateful to the Rotary Club of Werribee. She now has mobility and the opportunity to travel by herself to the market and to visit friends. Her life can now expand in new directions that were never possible in recent years.
Rotarian Michael has a passionate interest in helping people in Vietnam who have similar problems to Ba. With the help of the club, he plans to continue his mission of goodwill.
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The Werribee River is one of the regions best kept secrets. The river meanders through the Werribee township and walking tracks have been constructed along the banks enabling the public to experience its serenity and beauty. It is also a major haven for wildlife particularly for many species of birds. However, the river suffers from an accumulation of unsightly rubbish which collects along the waterway.
As part of the Clean Up Australia campaign, members of the Rotary Club of Werribee recently worked with other community-minded groups to help clean up an area of the river called Bungey's Hole. During a 3-hour period, volunteers collected a staggering 227 plastic bottles, 100 glass bottles and 178 cans in addition to carpet, aerosol cans and shipping pallets. In all, a massive 240 kilograms of litter was recovered from the area.
Further clean-up days are scheduled for 2016.
Click here to view images of the river and the clean-up day.