Jandowae

Rotary Club
October 2008

Peter Wilson—The Melbourne Cup will be run on the 4th November, and once again, the Rotary Club will be holding a Melbourne Cup Sweep. Tickets will be $2 each and will be available from the Post Office, or from any Rotarian. There will be prizes for the first three horses, together with $5 for anyone who draws an unplaced horse.

Please support the Sweep as any money raised, after payment of prize money, goes towards community projects run by the Rotary Club.

We will also be holding the Annual Senior Citizens' Afternoon at the Bowls Club on the 27th November, commencing at 2.00 pm. All of our valued senior citizens are invited to come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment provided by The Rotary Club: There will be more information in next month's magazine.

Very soon, Rotary will be conducting interviews with Year 10 students for The Rotary Bursary. This Bursary is awarded to a student who has demonstrated overall outstanding achievement in their final year at Jandowae State School. The Bursary is given to assist with their further education.

The Rotary Club is collecting used postage stamps for charity, and we would be grateful if stamps could be handed in at the Library or the Post Office.

The Rotary BBQs can be hired direct from Rotary. Cost is $20 plus gas, and bookings can be made by contacting Ken Krog on 4668 5268, or Noel Brettell on 4668 5380

Ian Russel PNG TRIP — A member of the Rotary Club of Jandowae recently went to PNG with five Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Jindalee to help build living quarters for volunteer teachers at a School for Crippled Children at the Catholic Mission in Kiunga. Kiunga is an extremely isolated town, two hours' flight west of Port Moresby on the Fly River. It has a population of approx 8,000 and is situated about 30 km from the West Irian border and 20 km from Oktedi, the gold and copper mining town. This mine recently caused a furore with its pollution of the Oktedi River. The company dumped their 'tailings' into the river so it rose one metre causing serious damage to the surrounding environment.

Kiunga is only accessible by air or by river which takes several days by ship. The people in Kiunga were very friendly and showed their appreciation for the work we did with a farewell concert and traditional dancing at the end of our two weeks' stay. On the middle weekend, we visited a village which was 1½ hours by boat further up the river. Here again, the people were most friendly and the children delightful. We went armed with bags of lollies and gifts of writing paper and pens etc for the school. The Oktedi mining company had built a school and teacher's house; they are spending a lot of money — to salve their conscience, no doubt.

It rained every day we were there, not always a lot but still 100% humidity, so we were always wet. They live in an environment free from the needs of the Western world being poor in worldly goods but rich in the things that God has given them. I feel humbled by my experience and, at the same time, pleased that I could join Rotary in helping those in need.

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