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					       ROTARY PROJECTS
       2009-2010


          Community Service
           World Community Service
             Public Relations
               Vocational Service
                New Generations (Interact and Rotaract)
                  Service and Fellowships




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    COMMUNITY SERVICE
            PROJECTS
    ROTARY BRINGS VISION & HEALTH TO BARIO (RC KUCHING CENTRAL)

   WATER TO RURAL COMMUNITIES IN SARAWAK (RC KUCHING SOUTH)

         CREATION OF THE DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION (RC RAFFLES CITY)

                       CHILDREN AND LITERACY (RC JOHOR BAHRU)

RURAL HEALTH PROJECT IN REMOTE SARAWAK VILLAGES (RC KUCHING)

COMPUTER LITERACY PROMOTION (RC SENTOSA & RC KOTA MALAKA)

     MEDICAL MISSION TO ULU LAWAS DISTRICT SARAWAK (RC MIRI)

         KITE FLYING FOR PERTAPIS CHILDREN (RC BUGIS JUNCTION)

                     ROTARY LIGHTS UP YOUR LIFE (RC KUCHING)

                  THE GREEN LIFE CONCERT (RC PANDAN VALLEY)

   DONATIONS TO THE LESS FORTUNATE IN MALAKA (RC MALAKA)

          HELP FOR A LEUKEMIA PATIENT (RC KUCHING CENTRAL)

       GOODIES FOR 1 ROOM FLAT DWELLERS (RC MARINA CITY)




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                                ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING CENTRAL

                                                    Rotary Brings Vision & Health to
                                                    The People of Bario
   410 People of Bario                              A total of 410 people had their eyes and health checked by a team of medical personnel
                                                    in the remote Bario Highlands, Sarawak, Malaysia. The project was organized by the
     benefited from the                              Rotary Club of Kuching Central. Of the 410 people, 72.4% were students of primary
                                                    and secondary schools while the remaining balance comprises of the adult members
  goodwill of Rotarians                             of the community.




   PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS AT BARIO AIRPORT BEING WELCOMED BY PRESIDENT OF KELABIT ASSOCIATION


                                                    The team comprising of 16 medical            Much publicity was carried out about this
                                                    personnel and members of the Rotary          project with the printing and distribution
       The major part of this project is financed                                                 of flyers containing information about
                                                    Club of Kuching Central arrived in Bario
       by the Rotary Club of Kuching Central                                                     the project. Some of the flyers were put
                                                    on Friday morning, 22 January 2010
       from money raised from its many fund                                                      up at the Bario airport notice board, at
                                                    led by the club President Thomas Ngu.
       raising activities. Other sponsors for the                                                the Bario town center and schools.
                                                    Upon arrival, the team screened 144
       project are MASWings which provided
                                                    primary school students followed by
       50% discount on the return airfares for                                                   ‘The 16 project team members comprise
                                                    153 secondary school students. Each
       Miri-Bario sector; Zeiss (a German lens                                                   of 5 optometrists, 3 medical doctors and
                                                    student was given deworming tablet
       manufacturer) which sponsored lenses                                                      2 ophthalmologists and members of the
                                                    before their eyes were screened. A total
       for the spectacles; Association of                                                        Rotary Club of Kuching Central. Of the
                                                    of 24 pairs of spectacles were prescribed
       Optometrist Malaysia which provided                                                       10 medical personnel, 1 optometrist and
                                                    to the students.
       the spectacle frames together with                                                        2 medical doctors are members of the
       optician shops and the Rotary Club                                                        Rotary Club of Kuching Central. There
                                                    The following day was dedicated wholly
       of Miri which provided deworming                                                          was also a surgeon attached with Miri
                                                    for the adult members of the Bario
       tablets for the school children and 20                                                    General Hospital who is the president
                                                    community where the team commenced
       pairs of reading glasses.                                                                 of the Rotary Club of Miri.’, said Andre
                                                    their operations from 7.30am until 3pm.
                                                    A total of 113 adults had their eyes         Suharto, the advisor to the committee.
                                                    and health checked. The health check
                                                    comprised of blood pressure, sugar           The eyes and health screening was
                                                    level, body weight and height readings       held at SMK Bario. At the end of the
                                                    were taken.                                  project, certificates of recognitions
                                                                                                 were presented to all volunteers in the
                                                    With the co-operations & assistance of       presence of Rotary International District
                                                    members of Klinik Kesihatan Bario, we        3310 Assistant Governor, Mr Gerawat
                                                    were able to have advance registration       Gala (who is also the President of the
                                                    of patients one week before the team         Association of Kelabit).
                                                    arrived in Bario. This approach helped
                                                    the organizing committee to determine         LEFT
                                                    the amount of medications, resources          HJ IBRAHIM MOHAMAD (RIGHT) ENSUR-
                                                    and spectacles to bring to Bario. It          ING THAT EACH STUDENT DRINKS THEIR
                                                    helped the team in their planning.            MEDICATION.




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COMMUNITY SERVICE                    ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING SOUTH

                                     Harnessing Resources to Bring Water to
                                     Rural Communities in Sarawak

                                     The villages of Kampung Begu (pop. 597) and Kampung Sadir (pop. 544) lies in
                                     Padawan, about 2 hours drive from Kuching, Sarawak. The villages are 45 minutes
                                     apart by road. Back in 1980, both villages were provided water from a clean source
                                     through a gravity-fed piped water delivery system.

       “We Can!”                     With a growing population, the old system could not cope with the increased demand.
      spirit created                 Houses built on higher ground would have to collect and store their water as the
                                     supply is intermittent. The water source has dried up a few times in the past in the
     the impossible                  drought season. A primary school built at Kampung Sadir recently could not enjoy
                                     the benefits of the old delivery system as it’s capacity cannot cope with this increased
    for the villagers                demand.

                                     The Rotary Club of Kuching South in collaboration with CIMB Bank, the Sarawak State
                                     Health Department and the Later-Day Saints Charities led this project to install a new
                                     increased-capacity clean water processing and delivery system. The water source was
                                     also changed to ensure that the water supply is more reliable and less dependant on
                                     seasonal variations of water levels.

                                     The project was carried out with participation from the major partners. More important
                                     was getting the commitment and the involvement of the villagers in all phases of the
                                     planning, building and installation of the system. The villagers also agreed to take over
                                     the operations and maintenance of the system once the installation and commission
                                     is completed.

                                     A total of RM 152,000 was raised among the partners of this project.

                                     On completion of the project, the systems were handed over to the respective village
                                     heads. On 18th December 2009, an official handover ceremony was conducted.




                                     BENEFITS:
         Clean Water,                Once completed, this project increased         The villagers also took pride in themselves

      Improved Living                the capacity of delivering more clean
                                     water to more locations.
                                                                                    because they felt part of the process and
                                                                                    took ownership of the project. They
                                                                                    gladly took responsibility of operating
                                     Previous places that could not have water      and maintaining the system instead of
                                     delivered to them because of gravity           being continually dependant on outside
                                     related limitations can now receive clean      agents to parties.
                                     water. The past interruptions of supply
                                     were also eliminated with the better and       The local press gave this project a
                                     less costly delivery system.                   great deal of coverage and made
                                                                                    many mention of Rotary and the work
L TO R                                                                              Rotary does internationally. It definitely
CLEAN DRINKING WATER PROJECT KICKOFF CEREMONY AT BEGU                               improved the visibility of the Rotary
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION. MORE HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK                                  image.




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                        ROTARY CLUB OF RAFFLES CITY

                                            Creation Of The Dyslexia Association

                                            Since the official inception of a Dyslexia Association project in 1989, by the Rotary Club
                                            of Raffles City, the club has played a leading role in raising funds for this organisation.
                                            Today DAS provides specialist assessment and education services in eight learning
                                            centres; three learning centres are housed within Singapore’s Ministry of Education
                                            (MOE) primary schools, another five are located in the heartland’s shopping malls and
                                            housing estates. Some $838,600 has been raised for the association. The funds have
                                            benefited the community directly through the building of specialised learning centres
                                            with the provision of financial assistance to needy families to help defray the costs of
                                            class fees.




       DYSLEXIA DISORDER                    ESTABLISHING THE DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE
       Recent research on Dyslexia          The first step in establishing DAS, a public forum on dyslexia was organised in April
       at Harvard University links the      1990. Speakers at this forum included the late Mrs Marion Welchman, Secretary of
       disorder to a person’s visual        the British Dyslexia Association and founder of the first dyslexia association in the City
       system. Children suffering from      of Bath, England; the late Mrs Jean Augur, Educational Officer at the British Dyslexia
       Dyslexia were deemed to be lazy,     Association and Dr Lee Wei Ling, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Head of
       uninterested in school work or       Learning Disorders Clinic at School Health Services. In October 1990, a second public
       worse, stupid. Singapore lacked      forum was organised by RC of Raffles City where the need to establish a Dyslexia
       critical expertise to assess and     Association of Singapore (DAS) was tabled. To oversee the formalisation process of
       diagnose this condition that         the association, a pro tem committee was formed. Nineteen years on, six members of
       affects some 23,000 children         Rotary Club of Raffles City are still actively involved in the management and oversight
       aged six to sixteen. To address      of the association. Five serve in a voluntary capacity, on the Executive Committee
       this anomaly, the Rotary Club of     whilst the sixth works full time as its Chief Finance Officer. PP Dr Jimmy Daruwalla who
       Raffles City set about to create      helped start the organisation in 1991, continues to serve as DAS President.
       the Dyslexia Association of
       Singapore in 1989. The DAS, as       With the firm support of the community, government agencies as well as parents,
       it is now known, was charged         the DAS has helped some 11 000 children over the last 21 years, with some students
       with identifying and addressing      achieving top aggregates in their class and school examinations. With the continued
       the needs of the dyslexic            support of the Rotary Club of Raffles City, DAS will continue in its endeavour to become
       community as well to acquire         a world class organisation dedicated to helping dyslexic people in Singapore and to
       the necessary specialist expertise   reaching out to the region.
       and assessment processes to
       help Singapore dyslectic children
       achieve their full potential.
                                            L TO R
                                            LEGO COMPETITION 2007
                                            AN ART COMPETITION 2006




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COMMUNITY SERVICE                      ROTARY CLUB OF JOHOR BAHRU

                                      Children and Literacy
                                      100 needy children from 9 primary schools received free bags, uniforms and shoes
                                      worth a total RM 13,000.00. ‘START SCHOOL with ROTARY’, 9th Nov 2009, at the
                                      Concourse of Plaza Pelangi. High visibility and exposure was gained at one of the
                                      busiest shopping complexes in Johor Bahru’s city centre. Y.B. Mok Chek Hou, ADUN
                                      Stulang was the officiating VIP.

                                      Libraries of 14 primary schools (National Type, Chinese and Tamil schools) were
                                      supplemented with 2,384 essential books worth a total RM 45,000.00. Each school
                                      library received book allocations of values ranging from RM 1,000.00 to as much
                                      as RM 6,000. ‘LIBRARY BOOKS for PRIMARY SCHOOLS’, 2ND Februray 2010 – the
                                      occasion of DG Datuk Latip’s visit. Y.B. Mok Chek Hou returned to officiate again at
                                      the presentation ceremony and gave another inspiring speech.




                                      CRITERIA FOR SELECTION                      RM 10,000.00 in club project funds was
                                      Bags, uniforms and shoes: For students      budgeted to fund the purchase of bags,
      “Start school                   whose family incomes are RM 1,000.00        uniforms and shoes. This amount was
                                                                                  part of the RM 63,000.00 raised from
                                      per month or less. Priority was given to
     with Rotary”                     single parent families. Library books:      donations and advertisements in the
                                                                                  souvenir programme of the club’s annual
     for 100 needy                    For schools with less than 15 books per
                                      student. However only Tamil schools         installation of 20th June 2009. The
    children from 9                   met the criteria. For the National Type     2,384 library books were fully funded by
                                                                                  a TRF Matching Grant. Partnerships of
                                      and Chinese schools, this criteria was
    primary schools                   not used. The children and schools          RCs Belait, Singapore North and Tebrau
                                      were located in and around Johor Bahru      were secured by the President during his
                                      including schools in Kota Tinggi, Ulu       attendance at the District Assembly in
                                      Tiram, Pasir Gudang and Gelang Patah.       Malacca.

                                                                                  The success of this project can be seen
                                                                                  reflected on the happy faces of the poor
                                                                                  children, many of them without a father
                                                                                  or a mother. The sight of these happy
L TO R                                                                            children gave us the knowledge and
GIFT BOOKS BEING DISPLAYED AND PUT TO GOOD USE IN A SCHOOL LIBRARY.               satisfaction that we had done the right
EACH BOOK HAS A STICKER TO CREATE AWARENESS OF THE HUMANITARIAN ACTIVI-
                                                                                  thing. A child dressed in new, clean
TIES OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION. WITH THIS SIMPLE EFFORT, THE PUBLIC IMAGE
AND THE EXTERNAL RECOGNITION OF ROTARY ARE ENHANCED.                              uniform and shoes gains confidence
                                                                                  and self esteem that will spur him to do
                                                                                  better in their studies. A brighter future
SCHOOL CHILDREN LINING UP TO RECEIVE THEIR GIFTS OF SCHOOL BAGS, SHOES AND        lies ahead for these children. Viva la
UNIFORMS FROM Y.B. MOK CHEK HOU AND PRESIDENT DR ANGAMUTHU RAJOO                  Rotary!




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                     ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING

                                         The Rotary Volunteers’ Rural Health Project
                                         In Remote Sarawak Villages
                                         The Rotary Club of Kuching in collaboration with the Sarawak State Health Medical
                                         Department, the Rotary Club of Kuching Jaya, and Rotary District 3310 Vocational
                                         Service & Volunteers Committee participated in an ongoing Rotary Volunteers’ Rural
                                         Health Project in remote villages in Ulu Baram and Bakelalan in north Sarawak. This
                                         Rotary year, the Volunteers’ Rural Health Project has made three visits to rural villages.
                                         These three visits have provided voluntary medical and dental care for approximately
                                         400 patients, and have given Rotarians an opportunity to live as guests in these remote
                                         villages – building bridges to promote friendship and understanding across the rural-
                                         urban divide. On such missions, a volunteer team comprising a Rotarian nursing sister
                                         (Sister Christina Jong from Rotary Club of Kuching Jaya), a Dentist, a Dental Surgical
                                         Assistant, a medical student, and three doctors visited six remote villages in Ulu
                                         Baram and Bakelalan. Among the villages visited were Long Semadoh, Long Sukang,
                                         Bakelalan, and Long Banga.

       3 Visits to Rural
      Villages to benefit
   400 patients with the
    support of Sarawak
    State Health Medi-
        cal Department




                                         These trips allowed Rotarians to offer specialist attention to poor rural patients, provide
                                         dental care, to promote health by improving awareness of medical and dental care, and
                                         to transport patients who needed hospital attention to hospitals in Miri and Marudi
                                         and, where necessary, a referral hospital. Our Rotary Club team of medical volunteers
                                         has diagnosed many patients with serious conditions, including heart valve disease,
                                         cancer of the nose, severe limb infections, developmental abnormalities and high-risk
                                         pregnancies. The team transported these patients to hospitals to receive treatment.
                                         The patients could not afford the fare to go to hospitals, and they did not qualify for
                                         emergency helicopter airlifts or “medivac” – these airlifts are used mainly for patients
                                         who suffer from severe bleeding or fractures.

                                         CONCLUSION
                                         The Rotary Volunteers’ Rural Health Project reaches out to communities living beyond
                                         the reach of Sarawak’s limited health care system. The project has grown over the past
                                         six and a half years and looks set to expand further. For every mission, Rotary Club
                                         of Kuching disburses funds amounting to RM5,000.00 which is used to cover the
                                         transportation costs for the volunteers as well as transporting all their equipment and
                                         medicines. In a year, Rotary Club of Kuching has set aside RM20,000 to cover at least
                                         4 missions. The Club has been fortunate to have additional funding from the Crocodile
                                         Foundation of Singapore as well as from more generous individual donors, some of
                                         them being guests and visitors of our club.

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   THE MEDICAL TEAM, INCLUDING ROTARIAN VOLUNTEERS PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE FOR BAKELALAN
   DENTAL CHECKUP
   ROTARIAN SISTER CHRISTINA JONG OFFERING COUNSELLING AND DISPENSING MEDICATION TO VILLAGERS FOR MINOR AILMENTS




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COMMUNITY SERVICE      ROTARY CLUB OF RC SENTOSA & RC KOTA MALAKA

                       Computer Literacy Promotion


                       Two District 3310 clubs, RC Sentosa and RC Kota Melaka pooled their resources and
                       tapped on the Rotary Foundation and the Crocodile Foundation to raise RM 95,000 to
Computing the Way      buy forty brand new computers for eight schools with 5,000 students.
                       For the schools, receipt of new computers was a first as oftentimes, they only got hand-
 to Greater Literacy   me-downs and used equipment. Together with software for English at the primary
                       school level, both students and teachers knew that they had received a valuable
                       bonanza judging by their wide eyes and glee when they were handed the computers.
                       Rotary clubs have the ability to pool resources from a variety of sources due to their
                       contacts with the business community and other Rotarians. It is this net-working link
                       that has augered well for so many Rotary projects such as this one.




                                                                                             PRESS CUTTINGS




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                           ROTARY CLUB OF MIRI, RC BANDAR SERI BAGAWAN
                                               AND RC BELAIT

                                               Medical Mission to
                                               Ulu Lawas District Sarawak
                                               In response to a request by the people of Ulu Lawas District living in Kampung Long
                                               Semadoh and Long Tanid, Rotary Club of Miri picked up the challenge of a Medical
                                               Mission to serve the people there.

                                               In view that the Mission must reach across Brunei Darussalam, both RC Bandar
                                               Seri Begawan and RC of Belait were invited to participate in this joint International
                                               Community Service Project during the five days 2nd to 6th October 2009.




                                               The village of Long Semadoh is situated at the Upper Trusan River, a highland region
                                               of Lawas District. Theonly way to get to this village is by way of 90 kilometres of dirt
                                               road, constructed by a timber logging company operating in the area. The nearly four
                                               hour journey is only possible in 4WD vehicles. The inhabitants of this area are farmers
                                               of the Lun Bawand tribe, who between the harvesting seasons seek odd job work with
                                               the operating timber company. Due to the remote location and isolation of the villages
                                               and with access very difficult, the lifestyle of village people is one of hardship, lacking
                                               of the many services available in towns such as Miri.

                                               As requested and guided by a Pastor of the Methodist Church we managed to reach
                                               Pa’adang, a Penan settlement after one and a half hours of trekking along jungle
                                               tracks and by wading across two river crossings. During the jungle trek the team had
                                               to back-pack and carry the medical equipment and supplies.

   Medical     Mission    Objectives    are    The realization of the project was that more than 200 people were screened, resulting
   measurement of Blood Pressure, Blood        in three emergency cases being sent to Lawas Hospital, plus six cases sent to both
   Sugar, Cholesterol and BMI; General         Lawas and Miri Hospitals for minor surgery.
   examination of Heart & Lungs and            Expenditure was RM 9,621.
   others; Breast Cancer Screening, Cervical
   Cancer Screening and Pap Smear Test;        The Medical Mission involved 5 Rotarians, 1 Rotaractor, 5 Doctors, and team of 17
   EYE SCREENING; De-worming and               Medical staff from the local Hospitals and Clinics.
   Vaccination.


                                                                200 people screened and RM9,621
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                                                              spent for a worthwhile mission of 28
   GROUP PHOTO OF PROJECT TEAM
   MEDICAL STAFF IN ACTION                                               Rotarians and Volunteers

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COMMUNITY SERVICE                           ROTARY CLUB OF BUGIS JUNCTION

                                            Kite Flying For Pertapis Children




        A little effort
      from Rotarians
     meant a lot to the
      children of less
             fortunate




Much joy and happiness was felt by both     Koh, an art teacher, with assistance from   Upon arrival, all had lunch at
the children and Rotarians, when on         Sum Yim Ling, we spent the afternoon        McDonald’s, with a McChicken set meal
Saturday 6th March some 22 children         painting and chatting with the kids.        for all sponsored by Rtn. Paul Heng.
from Pertapis and 30 Rotarians with their   There were even snacks and biscuits         Surprisingly, we found the kids had
families went kite flying at West Coast      bought by President Whai Yih to please      organized themselves quickly so that
Park.                                       the hungry few.                             everyone had an equal share of food.
                                                                                        Soon more Rotarians joined us with their
The idea came from Rotarian Joey Gan        Upon completion, it was a great delight     family members and loved ones such
who chaired the small committee to          to see the kids jumping with joy and        as PP Reto Callegari, PE Nelson Yeo,
organize the event, so on 20th February     complete happiness written all over         Rotarian Francis Ong, Rotarian Laurent
a session was arranged with the kids        their faces, admiring each other’s works    Levan, plus our CP Allan Yap cycling all
to design and paint their own kites         eagerly and asking when can the kites       the way from his home to be with us.
beforehand, so as to encourage creativity   be flown?
and generate some sense of ownership                                                    Full acknowledgement must be given to
amongst them. Plain kites were then         Then on 6th March, 22 kids plus 3 staff,    all those Rotarians who sponsored the
sourced from an online kite blog.           President Whai Yih, friends Amanda Koh      lunch, gave cash donations and those
                                            and Khadija Ahmed first gathered at          who gave of their time and effort to make
President Lee Whai Yih, attended the kite   Pertapis, then together we proceeded to     the event an overwhelming success.
painting session at PCH led by Amanda       the West Coast Park.




L TO R
LEGO COMPETITION 2007
AN ART COMPETITION 2006



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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                     ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING

                                         Rotary Lights Up Your Life
                                         The village of Buduk Bui lies in Sarawak, Malaysia and is close to the Sarawak, Brunei
                                         and Kalimantan (Indonesia) border. It is situated in a very remote and deep interior
                                         area that makes accessibility a big challenge. It comprises of about 50 families of 400
                                         people. The villagers are mainly subsistence farmers with very low income. These
                                         villagers use small generators to generate their electricity needs. These generators are
                                         small, inefficient and run on expensive and hard to transport diesel fuel. Hence their
                                         electricity generating capability is limited and expensive.

                                         The Rotary Club of Kuching together with 8 other Rotary clubs from District 3310 and
                                         3300 and with a matching grant from District 3310 raised a total of US$41,500 to
                                         replace the current generator system with a micro hydro electricity system to increase
                                         the capacity, efficiency and economics of generating electricity for these villagers.
                                         Together with the villagers they went about to build the micro hydro electricity
                                         system.

                                         The way the system works is that some of the natural streams were dammed up.
                                         The potential energy of the water collected is channeled and drives turbines that
                                         then generate electricity. The electricity generated is more abundant and a lot less
                                         costly than the old generator system. The excess water is channeled to other parts for
                                         agricultural use.




           Using RI Matching             BENEFITS:
         Grant to increase the           Once completed, this project was transferred to the villagers to run and maintain. This
        size of project to build         gave them a sense of project ownership and a sense of pride of their involvement in
                                         the building of the system.The energy generated in the past was sufficient only to run
       hydroelectric system to           a limited portion of their farming machinery and cottage industries.

                 needy villages          With the new system, more electricity was generated. The villagers now could run
                                         more farming equipment and grow more cottage industries that need electricity. Also,
                                         their quality of life had improved dramatically as the additional electricity had been
                                         used to run modern-day electrical appliances. The school children now could study in
   T TO B                                the night with the light from the electricity. Overall, the quality of life of the villagers
   HDP PIPES CARRY WATER FROM DAM
                                         had improved dramatically.
   DOWNSTREAM TO RUN THE TURBINE
   GENERATOR
                                         The gratitude of the villagers was shown in their smiles and profuse thanks to the
   CONTROL PANEL IN SHED                 team when the new system was commissioned. The local press gave this project a
                                         great deal of coverage and made many mention of Rotary and the work Rotary does
   THE DAM BUILT BY VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS   internationally. It definitely improved the visibility of the Rotary image.




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COMMUNITY SERVICE        ROTARY CLUB OF PANDAN VALLEY

                         The Green Life Concert


                         WHY THE GREEN LIFE CONCERT?
                         RCPV adopted this heartland school where a majority of students are from financially
                         challenged homes. As a result, the students are not motivated academically. However,
                         through the dedication of the principal and teachers, the school is able to tap on the
                         strengths of the students – i.e. their gift for arts and sports. The school aspires to
                         build a running track to develop sporting talent. However being a non standard item
                         for funding from MOM, the school needs to raise funds. RCPV decided to partner
                         the school in raising fund through a concert which will also tap on the musical talent
                         of the students. The theme of “Green” was selected as it resonates with the school
                         successful journey of going “green”.

                         Rotarian David Chiang , Chairman of the project planned the following 3 months
                         before the event : a) Seeking sponsorship and raising Funds b) a master plan for the
                         concert – detailing concert items , performers, stage management , costing and c)
                         a planned schedule for practice and training . The teachers and Interactors worked
                         side by side with the Rotary team in executing (a) to (c). The program was well put
                         together with a variety of songs, musical, dance and poetry reading –all with the
                         theme of saving the earth. Performers were Rotarians from RCPV and students from
                         Northbrooks.



   With the $35,000
fundraising, a school
running track is now
             a reality




                         FEBRUARY 26, 2010 – THE GREEN LIFE CONCERT @NORTHBROOKS



                         After many weeks of planning and             It also gave Rotarians an opportunity
                         practicing – the Concert finally              to perform in public for a good cause.
                         happened. Apart from the working             Audience was totally entertained by
                         committee, about 30 Rotarians and            the various performances. Although
                         spouses came to support the concert          donations came from corporations and
                         and were amongst the 200 students            friends, the concert generated more
                         and residents of Yishun who were             donations and eventually the club was
                         cheering and clapping. The concert           able to raise more than $35,000. For
                         showcased the talent of the schools’         950 students – the running track is now
                         GuZheng band, brass band and dancers.        a reality!




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                   ROTARY CLUB OF MALACCA

                                       Donations to the less fortunate in Malaka

                                       Members of RC Malaka have been in constant reach out to the needy in whatever
                                       opportunities to serve throughout the year. Some of the projects carried out are

                                       1. Food Parcels were distributed to 35 families at the Machap Umboo Orang Asli
                                       Village.

                                       2. Donation of furniture worth RM5000 to the Pediatric Ward, General Hospital Melaka
                                       on 22nd July 2009. Furniture consists of 3 units of mobile TV and Video Cabinets, 2
         Giving is a blessing          sets of Settee for mothers to breast feed babies, and 30 lazy chairs for the parents/
                                       visitors when visiting patients.
                         and
                                       3. Donated used clothings to Orang Asli Village at Tebong, Bukit Putus and Air
             Serving is a joy          Dusun.

                                       4. Donated Medical Equipment worth RM5000 consisting of one Standing Frame,
                                       one Parallel Bar, ten Gymnic Balls and one Wheel Chair to the Pusat Pemulihan Dalam
                                       Komuniti Seri Pengasih, Durian Tunggal on 16th September 2009.

                                       5. Raised cash RM1,000 from Rotarians at the fellowship dinner held at King &
                                       I Restaurant plus an anonymous Rtn and his son donated RM4000 to the Typhoon
                                       Ketsana Flood Victims in the Philippines. TT RM5000 equivalent to PHP67,717 to sister
                                       club R C Hundred Islands on 13th October 2009.

                                       6. An anonymous Rtn and his son donated RM6,000 equivalent to PHP83102 to sister
                                       club R C Hundred Islands for the typhoon victims.

                                       7. Donated blankets, foodstuff etc to the Destitute Home, Pusat Jagaan Kasih
                                       Sayang Prassana. The home houses 30 adults with various illness like Psychosis and
                                       Depression.

  L TO R
  FOOD PARCELS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO     8. By passing the hat round at one of the weekly meetings, a sum of RM900 was
  35 FAMILIES AT THE MACHAP UMBOO      collected plus another RM22,000 from an anonymous Rtn and his family, total
  ORANG ASLI VILLAGE.                  RM22,900 equivalent to USD6723 was TT to The Rotary Foundation Donor Advised
                                       Fund for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
  DONATION OF FURNITURE WORTH
  RM5000 TO THE PEDIATRIC WARD,
                                       9. Presentation of school uniforms, bags, shoes and stationery worth RM9,660 to 105
  GENERAL HOSPITAL MELAKA ON 22ND
  JULY 2009. FURNITURE CONSISTS OF 3   poor needy students from 3 ethnic, Malay, Chinese and Tamil Schools at Masjid Tanah
  UNITS OF MOBILE TV AND VIDEO CABI-   on 10th February 2010.
  NETS, 2 SETS OF SETTEE FOR MOTHERS
  TO BREAST FEED BABIES, AND 30 LAZY
  CHAIRS FOR THE PARENTS/VISITORS      Giving is a blessing and serving is a joy. Members of RC Malaka are pleased to be able
  WHEN VISITING PATIENTS.              to use the avenue of Rotary to serve the needy in whatever way needed




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COMMUNITY SERVICE                           ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING CENTRAL
                                            ROTARY CLUBS OF DISTRICT 3310 & 3300
                                            Help for a Leukemia Patient




Yoram Reman is a bright and delightful      At the wish of Yoram’s parents and         free. However, the lodging and daily
15 year old Penan boy with 3 younger        three sisters to be close to Yoram,        subsistence could not be provided by
sisters Rozita (age11), Christina (age7)    Service Projects Committee Chairman        the government. An appeal was sent
and Erra (age4). His father and mother      of the RC Kuching Central, PP Kho          out to Rotary Clubs of both District
are from the remote area of Long Napir,     Ping, took immediate actions to arrange    3310 & 3300. Many Rotarians from
Limbang, Sarawak, East Malaysia.            accommodation for the family at the        both Districts responded with personal
                                            Sarawak Children Cancer Society (SCCS)     monetary contributions as well as offer
On the 7th September 2008, an email         which is within short walking distance     of accommodation. Financial aid from
from Rotarian PP Ronnie Tan of the RC       from the SGH. Members of the RC            Yayasan Kelab-Kelab Rotary Malaysia
Belait in Brunei alerted the RC Kuching     Kuching Central promptly rendered          was also promptly approved by both
Central on Yoram Reman’s case by way        their help in getting the family settled   Rotary District 3300 and 3310.
of a friend of Rotary called Libby.         at SCCS and donated the essentials
                                            and financial aids for the parents.
Yoram had been diagnosed with Acute         Other Rotary clubs such as Kuching,
Lymphoblastic Leukemia two weeks            Kuching Jaya and Kuching South also
earlier and was receiving chemotherapy      contributed especially in expediting the
at Miri General Hospital. While in Miri,    younger sisters’ enrollment into schools   Unity of purpose and
Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Miri     in Kuching.
and Belait assisted with providing daily                                               coordination of effort
subsistence and also financed the airfares   Good news arrived when Dr Xavier
for the family to transfer to Sarawak       Sim, the doctor in charge of Yoram at
                                                                                       are important sources of
General Hospital in Kuching.                the Hematology Unit at SGH, found
                                            out that Rosita’s bone marrow matched
                                                                                       strength of Rotary
Yoram was then treated at Sarawak           with Yoram’s and that the Hematology
General Hospital (SGH) in Kuching with      Unit of the government Hospital in
a plan for bone marrow transplant in        Ampang, Kuala Lumpur will be able to
Kuala Lumpur.                               perform bone marrow transplant for


                                                                                       L TO R
                                                                                       YORAM (SEATED) WITH HIS PARENTS
                                                                                       AND SISTERS AT THE SARAWAK GEN-
                                                                                       ERAL HOSPITAL.
                                                                                       YORAM AND FAMILY LOOKING AT THE
                                                                                       GIFTS CONTRIBUTED BY ROTARIANS.
                                                                                       (PHOTOGRAPH BY EASTERN TIMES
                                                                                       NEWSPAPER).
                                                                                       PRESIDENT THOMAS NGU WITH MEM-
                                                                                       BERS OF ROTARY CLUB OF KUCHING
                                                                                       CENTRAL AT KLIA ACCOMPANYING
                                                                                       YORAM’S SISTER ROZITA BACK TO
                                                                                       KUCHING FROM KL.

                                                                                       BOTTOM:
                                                                                       ROTARIANS FROM KUCHING CENTRAL
                                                                                       AND BELAIT AT THE SARAWAK GENERAL
                                                                                       HOSPITAL




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   COMMUNITY SERVICE                    ROTARY CLUB OF MARINA CITY

                                        Goodies for one room flat dwellers
                                        RC Marina City joined forces with Food From The Heart, a private charity which
                                        collects and delivers bread and other foods to the needy in Singapore. StarHub came
              Supporting 300            in as a partner and together with RCMC sponsored 364 bags worth $55 each, which
                                        equals a whopping $20,020 worth of essential food items for the beneficiaries -
            students’ families          disadvantaged families in Choa Chu Kang.

             every month for            A Christmas party was held on Wed 3 Dec 2009 at the Choa Chu Kang Community
                                        Centre. Coordinated by Young Rotarian Poh Kay Leong & assisted by Rotarian Jude
                12 months of            Tan, members of Rotary club of Marina City and our sister club Rotary club of Dusit
                                        contributed time, effort and money towards this project.
            $55 grocery bags.
                                        After this StarHub is working with FFTH on a food goodie bag programme which will
                                        be launched the same day and whereby StarHub are committing $200k worth of food
                                        items to benefit needy students and their families from six different schools for the
                                        next 12 months. RC Marina City will be working closely with FFTH to do the same for
                                        our local school, Dunman Secondary.

                                        In total over $245,000 was raised through this 25th Anniversary project and over 300
                                        families and needy students will receive essential food supplies monthly for the next
                                        twelve months through this project.




   ROTARY CLUB OF MARINA CITY & DUSIT GIVING A HAND IN PACKING THE HEAVY GOODIE BAGS AND DELIVERING THEM




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                     WORLD COMMUNITY
                      SERVICE PROJECTS
     1. MEDICAL, OPTICAL, DENTAL, SURGICAL MISSION TO PHILIPPINES (RC SINGAPORE)

                                      2. A GIFT OF SIGHT IN NEPAL (RC GARDEN CITY)

                              3. “OPERATION SMILE” FOR CAMBODIA (RC LIKAS BAY)

                           4. “MISSION KARAWACI” FOR INDONESIA (RC SINGAPORE)

    5. ROTARY BRINGS HEALTH TO BANDAR ACEH, INDONESIA (RC KUCHING CENTRAL)

6. CLEFT LIP,PALATE & POST BURNS SURGERIES IN THE PHILIPPINES (RC JOHORE BAHRU)

                  7. AID TO THE LESS FORTUNATE IN CAMBODIA (RC QUEENSTOWN)

      8. PONDOK BACA” LIBRARY FOR CHILDREN IN SULAWESI (RC BUGIS JUNCTION)

                          9. “CHILDREN OF PAI” AT THAILAND (RC JURONG TOWN)

               10. WATER FOR LIFE, A HUMANITARIAN PROJECT (RC MARINA CITY)




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