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

Out and about in the Rotary World

We have attended many clubs recently, including in NSW for a ‘road show’, Wollongong South, Milton Ulladulla and Liverpool West where we were surprised and delighted with a donation of $60,000 by members of the Vietnamese community (through that Rotary club and others), specifically aimed at assisting our continuing work in Nepal.

Liverpool West President Alvan Freeman with DAA director, John O’Reilly and a SkyHydrant™ water filter.

In Victoria, we visited the Rotary clubs of Bendigo, Echuca-Moama, Rochester and Traralgon, while in Tasmania, the RC Youngtown will have soon visited every District 9830 club (well done Ted Burton). In D9500, RC Whyalla Norrie had a display in their shopping mall.

We have been represented at District events at Melbourne’s Victoria Market, Southland Shopping Centre, Moorabbin, and recently deployed DARTs have spoken at many community organisations and groups.

The interest and support amongst Rotarians and members of the public continues, for which we are most grateful.

At Southland Shopping Centre are Martin Pater [L] and Gus De Hoogd [R] from RC Endeavour Hills with D9810 Governor, David Tolstrup.

New Aid Products

DAA News Update SUMMER 2015-16 Page 2 Image 0001We now use two new products Sawyer Filters for small family groupings, easily assembled to a small container (pictured). These were used in Nepal and are about to be sent to Vanuatu. That was from a Rotary Foundation Grant to RC Wynyard, Tasmania (D9830).
And Greenco Pak Flat water tanks (https://greencowater.com/) recently deployed to Vanuatu by DAA complement the SkyHydrant™ systems.

Work continues in Philippines and Vanuatu

In September, DAA sent the second of three large infrastructure placements to the Philippines. Ten Sky Hydrants (Australian water filtration system) were sent and received by our partner, the Balay Mindanaw Foundation.
An Australian DART (Disaster Aid Response Team member) re-visited Vanuatu in October following a deployment post-Cyclone Pam in March. Although there has been significant aid provided, small village communities are still affected with tarps still on some rooves.
The mobile sawmill (restored from funds donated to DAA), has enabled stronger buildings to be constructed. A central building used as a classroom (kindergarten to year 3) also doubles as a community meeting room. The people of Vanuatu are currently experiencing a drought and were delighted to see a returning Disaster Aid International DART from Australia.