Ejanul's Message, 26 September 2013

It was wonderful to have David Jones as our guest speaker last week and to learn from him about Western Health Foundation and its activities, projects and challenges to cope with the growing population in Western region. It was great to know some of the upcoming projects in the region especially the upgrading of maternity ward in Sunshine Hospital.

Last week on Wednesday (18.09.2013) I met with Evan Schuurman and Moses Uliny at RMIT and discussed about PASS Project, which is working to provide greater educational opportunities for children in South Sudan. PASS (Partnership between Australia and South Sudan for education) was established in March 2012 by a group of interested individuals. Moses Uliny was a former child soldier and South Sudanese native. Moses fled the conflict in South Sudan when he was 15, making his way to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya's west. After six years in Kakuma, Moses was given a humanitarian visa to Australia, where he started his new life. Moses, an avid believer in the value of education, completed Australian high school during his early 20s then commenced tertiary studies at Victoria University. However, since the day he set foot in Australia he longed to return home to South Sudan and set up an education project in Kangi, the village where he was born. I am working with the group if our club and/or our district can help to support the project.

On Thursday evening (19.09.2013) I represented our club at Citizenship Ceremony at City of Maribyrnong. George Kerry (Jnr) could not come this time as he had some other meeting. Mayor Cr Catherine Cumming gave the certificates to nearly 70 new citizens, in two different sessions, who joined our great Australian family and pledged their loyalty to Australia and its people. I gave a speech during the ceremony and welcomed the new citizens by handing out the trees and Australian flags. I talked to a few new citizens after the ceremony and they shared their journey and experiences It was good to talk to them and share my own journey as well. I met Senior Constable Ash Dixit at the ceremony and after the first session he took me to the police station. He introduced me to his other colleagues.

The first toilet block for 2013-14 Hobsons Bay Cluster Project is being built at Hastabasantapur Primary School, Akkelpur, Jaipurhat, Bangladesh. Under the Cluster project total three toilet blocks will be built this year, which will help over 1000 primary school children and local residents in a health and sanitation project. The cluster clubs will work together to ensure the successful completion of the project. Also we have another International project update from Darcy Brenan: “Peter McGrath had a call from Darryl Mills who was unable to source 2 x seats for Toyota Troop Carriers. New seats cost approximately $3200.00 each. After a hunt, Peter was able to source two in Ballarat one at $250 & the other at $750.00. These seats are paid by Rotary Timor Leste. The seats will be sent tomorrow”. Thank you Darcy for the information and well done Peter.

We finally havea suitable venue for our Club Vision Program for 26th October, thank you Rodney for arranging that. The venue will be at Footscray Hockey Club: McIvor Reserve, Fogarty Avenue, Yarraville 3013 and the program will start at 8.30 am and conclude at 12.30. Please let PDG John Davis, Rodney Johnston or myself know if you are attending. Thank you John for working on the program for past few months and for organising it. I request all the members to make an effort to attend that event. It will certainly be an interesting program for our club and I am looking forward to participate in it.

Also a reminder for Vietnam night which will be held on 28th September at 7.30pm at 501 Receptions, 501 Barkly St., West Footscray, please let Jamie or Soung know ASAP if you are attending. Please refer the article inside the bulletin for details.

Please enjoy your week, stay connected and work hard and let's together reshape our society, our world better.