Farewell 2018, And Welcome 2019!
Woh!! What a year 2018 was!!
Sadly natural disasters both in Indonesia and other parts of the world have left families devastated, property and livelihoods destroyed.
Thankfully there are many response teams, charities and government aid, to help support and repair where needed.
I am proud to say Rotary International provides funds, medical aid and shelter where needed.
However the BIG $ has to come from somewhere, plus money for all the other projects Rotary Clubs are involved in. I will return to this later…..
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset as I have written in the past is involved in many humanitarian projects both ongoing and new.
We sponsor Rumah Sehat / Yayasan Kita Peduli in the Karangasem district, where they provide free health care to the many people living in very isolated areas. The free clinic is situated between Celuk and Amed, very near to Mt. Agung, and is itself a government registered evacuation site. The clinic has outgrown itself and now Rumah Sehat is planning to build a new bigger clinic with many more facilities including birthing rooms for expectant mothers.
Rumah Sehat themselves have been holding sponsored Fund Raisers, to raise the money required to build the clinic. If you would like to donate you can purchase “a brick” for 1,000,000.00 Rp /$ 100, and your name will be put on the brick! ( contact address : www.rumahsehatbali.org).
Our ongoing support of John Fawcett Foundation based in Sanur, providing free eye care to those in remote areas. At our last “Healthy Day”( sponsored by our club , and organised by Rumah Sehat) in Kendampal, Kerangasam district, a young girl was examined by the optometrist, and found to be in need of cataract surgery. This was carried out early December by JFF and follow up appointments will reveal whether she requires glasses.
Our many water projects continue, funding the necessary equipment to provide water to remote villages. This alleviates the need of women to walk several hours each way to collect 1 bucket of water! Our latest water project is near Kendampal and to fund this one we are putting forward our budget proposal to RC Denpasar, with a view to a joint project.
We have been approached by Wayan Warkida from Taro Kaya Tegalalang, who has initiated a recycling/composting system. He started with 30 families, teaching them how to separate waste into organic and non- organic waste. He now has 100 families involved plus he is instructing school children. He needs a place to deposit all the organic waste which at present he collects free of charge from the families.
Our members are looking forward to discussing what we can do to help him, in this excellent environmental programme he has initiated.
PROJECT INVOLVEMENT WITH AN AUSTRALIAN ROTARY CLUB
A visit from a member of the Rotary Club of Glen Innes, Australia, informed us of one of their projects – handmade knitted/crocheted blankets for babies/children by some of the lady members of his club. I told him I was involved with Kanaditya Foundation that worked with children, disabled, abandoned, sick, market workers, etc.
The blankets would be gratefully received by the “Yayasan Sayangi Bali”, that runs a home for abandoned babies and young children in Denpasar. They depend on donations and government funding. So after many emails back and forth I finally took possession of 12 beautiful blankets on 9th December, and with members of Kanaditya Foundation who visit regularly we handed over to the staff the 12 beautiful blankets! Just one example of working with other Rotary Clubs around the world.
Now I think I need to return to the BIG $ and where it comes from. Two words = FUND RAISING!!
This can be the hardest part for Rotary members, and we need new ideas to keep it from getting stagnant!
Rotary Cub Bali Ubud Sunset has a yearly Fund Raiser in the form of a Christmas dinner at the Maya Resort Ubud, with a full Christmas buffet, raffle, silent auction and entertainment! This year we had a magician to entertain, and he went table to table which ensured everyone could enjoy him and partake!!
The raffle can be seen in picture. We had 90 prizes, including some excellent vouchers and a beautiful painting. The silent auction as always has amazing bargains and good fun!! Part of the cost of tickets goes to Rotary Fund Raising and part to Maya Resort. During the year when we meet on the 2nd and last Monday of each month, we have a small raffle for members and any guests. Prizes are donated by members and it all adds up!
As with all Rotary Clubs, donations are also always welcome and in addition part of our yearly fees go towards projects. Funding is also available from District Grants.
Our meetings are open to anyone who would like to come and meet the members. Enjoy a light meal at Kakiang Garden Café, Ubud, 2nd Monday of the month or a very varied and enjoyable buffet at the Maya Resort, Ubud on the last Monday of the month. At our Maya meeting we endeavour each month to have a guest speaker. If you feel you would like to present a venture, or any ideas to us, especially for fund raising, you would be most welcome!
For more information please go to : www.rotarybaliubudsunset.org.
Written by Renee Heaton, member Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.
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