Next Quarterly Meeting and Annual General Meeting
Kiama - August 2017
The next RAWCS Eastern Region Meeting and Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017 at Kiama Leagues Club, 109 Terralong St, Kiama NSW 2533
Download Notice of Meeting – Kiama – August 2017
Download the Pink Umbrella Grant Application
At each Eastern Region meeting Pink Umbrella Foundation offers $1,000 grants to six projects registered with RAWCS Eastern Region. To download the application form, visit the RAWCS Eastern Region page on the RAWCS National site.
Closing date for applications: 28 July 2017
[Pink Umbrella Grant Application 19 PU grant app Kiama]
Click the links below to read RAWCS Rover, the quarterly magazine of RAWCS Eastern Region
Download the latest issue - August 2017
Previous edition - May 2017
Dick Smith Matched Funding Grant
RABS is delighted to announced the Dick Smith matched funding project to help Australians in need.
Dick Smith’s $1,000,000 donation to Rotary will be managed by the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) and be distributed to disadvantaged Australians identified by local Rotary clubs or Rotary districts as being worthy of financial assistance.
How to access assistance
RABS criteria for project registration is that the project provides direct relief to people in need. If the intended recipients are disadvantaged, the relief should target that disadvantage. The concept of disadvantage is unlimited and could arise from sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability, destitution, helplessness or poverty, any aspect of the negative side of the human condition. The criteria are not prescriptive but are to be used as a guide to determine the disadvantage.
Click link below for more information
Click link below to apply for a grant
Shipment of gowns and scrubs to Solomon Islands hospitals
RAWCS Project 48/2012-13: Medical Aid for Oceania (MAfO)
Rotary Club of Berrima District
As news of Rotary’s expertise in acquiring and shipping medical equipment widens, the RAWCS MAfO Project, conducted by the Rotary Club of Berrima District, has been active in sourcing medical equipment from Ramsay Health Care hospitals (its MAfO partner), and arranging advice and logistic assistance to organisations such as Doctors Assisting in Solomon Islands (DAISI).
In December, due to lack of theatre gowns and surgical scrubs, National Referral Hospital (NRH) operating theatres in Honiara almost came to a complete stand-still last, with only life or limb-threatening surgery being performed. Dr Rooney Jagilly (Medical Superintendent NRH, Honiara) made the urgent request to DAISI to supply hospital linen.
Thanks to Alvin Zheng (Cabrini Linen, Melbourne) and logistics provided by Barry Barford (Rotary Club of Berrima District), a 20 foot shipping container with 10 pallets of surgical scrubs and 250 new theatre gowns was packed and sent to Honiara.
Dr Jagilly said, “Previously people would bring their own scrubs to hospital which was not ideal because the OR did not have enough. Now we have enough for all so that all the scrubs are managed by the hospital and surgery can resume at full pace.”
In addition to over 8 pallets of surgical scrubs, the container also included linen, overalls, warming jackets, and theatre dresses. It is hoped that this large volume of scrubs and linen will be circulated to each of the hospitals in the Solomon Islands.
DIK is moving and needs help!
Donations in Kind Eastern Region is moving from our warehouse at Minchinbury to new premises at Castle Hill at the end of 2017.
We are calling on Eastern Region Rotary Clubs to come and join us for a working bee and lend a hand to sort through stock and eliminate the goods not required.
Download the roster for more information on how you can help.
DIK Working Bees 2017
Dick Smith donates $1 million to Rotary to alleviate suffering
On 7 December Dick Smith announced his donation to help Australians in need.
The funds will be distributed through a specific Rotary program which will provide support for individuals suffering hardship. Rotary Clubs will identify those needing support and will match with a 50/50 grant. The donation will be administered by the Rotary Australian Benevolent Society (RABS) and it will be available from February 2017.
Pictured - RAWCS President Michael Perkins with Dick and Pip Smith