RAWCS Northern Region 1st Quarterly Newsletter February 2012
For the first time, Training specific to RAWCS Chairs, Project Team Leaders and Volunteers was held in Brisbane in conjunction with RAWCS NR Meetings.
Led by PDGs Ailsa Hay and Terry Daley, 57 attended and the training was very thorough. Encompassing such issues as: correct form filling prior to Departure; Insurance; Cultural awareness; the suitability and health and preparedness of Volunteers for the task, and the importance of bringing back a story, high quality photos and video was emphasized.
Belinda Griffen from RDU attended the Training as Belinda is now in charge of the RAWCS National Secretariat in Parramatta.
D9570 is extremely active with 47 out of 49 Clubs participating in RAWCS programs and working in such places as Cambodia, Solomon's and Kenya with four more Projects nearly ready. The RAWCS Programs are actively supported by District Leaders and RAWCS NR Executive, Project Volunteer Co-ordinator, Terry Daley.
DIK -A Catheter Lab originally from Townsville is going to Nepal and was handled and contributed to by 4 Regions in its journey to a new life.
RSL Care will be donating 400 beds. 200 beds will be available in different areas of our Region. DIK will send this information once received from RSL Care. Clubs may like to consider if they know of a particular need.
Rotarians against Malaria have 2,008,000 nets distributed in PNG. Rates of malaria in those netted areas have reduced to 6.8%.
Two Timorese nationals are to be funded within Australia to attend the RAM Conference on the 26/27 May, 2012.
PDG Wayne Morris reported that in the Solomon's 43 thousand nets have been distributed to 230 schools as well as clinics etc. Changes to Funding method by the Solomon Islands Government are currently holding up the program.
D.9550 reported that the Learn Grow Project is being delivered by the Mary McKillop Sisters through their health clinics in the outlying districts.
D9600- is a Major recipient of DIK and RAWCS Projects as observed personally by DG Carolyn Krueger. The difference that RAWCS has made in PNG, Solomon Islands and Nauru by other Regions and Districts is appreciated.
D9630 has a large number of Clubs supporting Project Funding.
D 9640 Has projects in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Cambodia including Interactors who recently visited Siem Reap, Cambodia to assist and gain a perception of life in other countries.
PDG Ian Sayers sends a reminder regarding the National RAM Conference:
Date: 26/27 May 2012
Place: Australian Army Malaria Institute (AAMI), Enoggera, QLD
Time: From 11.45 am (1145 hrs) on Saturday.
Conference Dinner: Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Parade Keperra QLD 4054
Some important points about the Conference:
Accommodation won’t be as easy as it’s been in recent years, because this year we’re not going to attempt any block bookings as we did at Caboolture.
The Conference venue. Numbers will be restricted. The meeting room at AAMI can hold only 60 people so advance bookings are essential booking in advance. Attendees’ names must be provided security, catering and the dinner. The gate security people will have the list of names attending the RAM Conference, and will allow those on the list to enter – others – I have no idea, but it will be difficult.
Last item on the Conference. We will need a Conference Secretary – volunteer please!
Project Leaders - Please ensure that your Team takes high quality jpeg photos and writes a story of approximately 400 words so we can turn this information into a colourful flier as shown for you to use for publicity purposes. Send to Geoff Ellershaw (National RAWCS P R Chair) at
Our next Meeting is on the 26th May 2012 in conjunction with the Rotarians Against Malaria Conference at the Australian Army Malaria Institute, Weary Dunlop Drive, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggerra
Susanne Rea, Promotions and Development Officer RAWCS Northern Region firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Webmaster Bruce Nicholls has been busily uploading stories. Check his progress by visiting http://www.rawcsnorthern.org.au then please, submit your club’s stories, photos and You Tube clips. We can only publicize what we know! You can also connect to our Facebook Page from the website or send a Friend Request to RAWCS Northern Region.