As I write this, Rotarians around Australia are preparing for the next Rotary year at the same time as continuing to work on the programs they have planned for this Rotary year. How have you “made a difference” this year?
Many of you have been part of sausage sizzles, art shows, special events or working in the community with people in need. In all these ways you have made a difference in your community.
It is the time now to decide how to distribute the funds you have raised in your clubs. I put in a plea for Food Plant Solutions RAG. We are in constant need of funds to allow us to prepare educational publications in a timely manner, for people in countries that need them most. We have publications for over 30 countries around the world, including Australia, which assist those already working with communities to educate people about what plants to grow and eat and why they are important, therefore lessening the effects of malnutrition.
We are having success, as can be seen by the report from the Vietnamese project and others that can be downloaded from our website and in the last few weeks with the workshop we held in Hobart for our new Tasmanians (Nepalese people).
But we need funds to continue and to be able to assist people most in need when they ask for help, and not have to wait until we have first raised the money.
If every club in the world, each gave $500 a year, we would be able to do so much more.
Remember; “Hunger and malnutrition kills 1.5 times more people than AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and natural disasters combined.”
Yours in Rotary Service.
PDG Una Hobday, Chair, Food Plant Solutions