In the time it takes you to read this newsletter, 100 children will die from malnutrition.
Just imagine for a second that you were the parent of one of those children…. Each of us can improve this statistic by ‘planting a seed for change’ in your community and in overseas communities where you have a project.
Recently I was privileged to attend a workshop organised by the Rotary Club of North Hobart and the Campbell St. Primary School, for new Tasmanian’s and their families – a ‘Fresh Food for Families’ workshop. This was based on a trial workshop held in 2018, when out of this a ‘how to’ booklet was developed to enable groups to replicate the workshop, anywhere in the world. Since then in Tasmania there have been 5 workshops – one with new Tasmanian’s from Nepal, one with families from Ethiopia, one with families from Thailand and two involving families from various countries. At the Campbell St. Primary School one, the children all planted ‘a seed for change’. They took home a trough they had planted with seedlings, paper planting pots with seeds, tiny seedlings and a gardening calendar for Tasmania, showing what to plant in what season.
Imagine if every Rotarian took on the challenge to ‘plant a seed for change’ in their community, what a difference that would make. Perhaps you could help people in high rise communities’ plant in troughs, which could be put outside their doors and grow food for their family. Or, you could run a workshop in the local school with your club or, in a community you belong to.
Bruce French AO, developed the Food Plants International database to rid the world of malnutrition. We, at Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group are doing our bit towards that goal. What are you going to do? Remember, Rotary Opens opportunities.
Yours in Rotary
PDG Una Hobday OAM, PHF
Chair – Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group
Editor’s note: The Campbell Street Primary school workshop was highlighted in the evening news, which can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNXsayxEPUw&feature=youtu.be&t=299&fbclid