Other News Snippets


  • The DAA Executive and DARTs held a discussion day on Sunday 8 November that included ideas exchange, direction focus and goal setting. It was seen by all as a positive exercise in communication as well as understanding the development of the organisation.
  • DAA is excited to be attending two Western Australian Rotary District Conferences early next year and to be given the opportunity to share information about our project with our Rotary colleagues in the west.
  •  Disaster Aid is currently in discussions following enquiries from within Rotary District 3460 (Taiwan) about the possibility of forming Disaster Aid Taiwan and becoming an associate of Disaster Aid International. Those discussions have been very encouraging.
  • In May 2016 DAA and DAI directors will meet to strengthen relationships with Rotarians in Colombia, South America and pursue a Rotary Foundation grant aimed at providing Australian SkyHydrant™ water filters to some eighty (80) Colombian schools.
  • Disaster Aid International looks to investigate areas for possible aid in Myanmar as well as revisit Vanuatu and Nepal in 2016. Future News Updates and our website will provide information as it is processed.

2016 Annual Leadership Conference

The Annual DAI Leadership Conference was held over the weekend of Fri 15– Sun 17 April, hosted by the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills – District 9820.

At the Conference, attendees heard about Disaster Aid deployments from the DARTs who had been there, and from keynote speaker Rhett Butler AM,Chairman of The Sky Juice Foundation™. The Foundation, based in NSW is the designer and manufacturer ofthe SkyHydrant™ water filtration system.

The Conference was an excellent opportunity to discuss the aims of DAI, its achievements and how its procedures and communication could be improved.




On The Road Again … with Des Watts

Having traversed most of Australia on his BMW motorcycle over many years raising funds for Rotary programs such as Australian Rotary Health, Des Watts – a member of the RC Berri in SA – will set off in the new year raising awareness of Disaster Aid Australia. However, his back will not allow him to travel those distances astride his motorcycle now so, one of the members of the RC Endeavour Hills is loaning Des a Toyota Land Cruiser to visit Rotary clubs along and near the east coast of Australia. It will be emblazoned with Disaster Aid livery.

Planning has commenced and Des is set to leave from the DAA office, Dandenong on Monday 1 Feb 2016. He will return in time to attend the next DAA Conference in April (see below).
We have started contacting clubs about the possibility of having Des as a guest. If you would like to know more, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Des Watts [R] with [L-R] John O’Reilly, Martin Pater and Jan Burney at the DAA office

Disaster Aid at the Zone Institute in Melbourne

RI President Elect John Germ visits the DAI booth

The 2015 Rotary Zone 8 Institute was held in the Docklands precinct 20-22 Nov. and Disaster Aid International (Australia) was represented.
We were pleased that RI President 2016-2017 John F Germ was able to spend some time with us learning about our humanitarian work.
Peter Faulkner, Martin Pater (and see below) and John O’Reilly with RIPE John.

… and an honour for Martin Pater

A long-standing member of RC Endeavour Hills and a tireless DAA supporter and committee member, Martin Pater was made a Life Member of Life Education Victoria recently, recognising some 25 years of service to the organisation. LifeEd has worked closely with Rotary in providing vital drug and health education to Australian children.

Martin Pater is pictured with LifeEd Vic. CEO, Michelle Wood