Nigeria making impressive progress against polio

Bill Gates says he is impressed with the progress Nigeria has made against polio and urges partners in the fight to eradicate the disease not to let up.

Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared personal observations from his June trip to Nigeria on his blog, Gates Notes. The post, along with others about polio, are appearing this week on the Gates Foundation blog, Foundation Notes.

In addition, the Gates Foundation website is highlighting two videos produced in June for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

“I was very excited to visit northern Nigeria in June, because the progress there since my last visit in February 2009 has been especially impressive,” Gates writes. As of 20 July, only six cases of the wild poliovirus have been reported in Nigeria this year, compared with 346 during the same period in 2009.

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Rotary Australia World Community Service or RAWCS


Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) assists Rotary Clubs develop and manage world community service projects.

Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.

Rotary Clubs are active in supporting developing countries in our region in the fields of Health, Hunger, Education and other Humanitarian Aid programmes. RAWCS facilitates their work.

Their is a link to their new web site under Rotary Links on the R/H side bar.

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RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund is a Deductible Gift Recipient so is able to offer tax deductible donations to support organisations with worthy projects in Australia and overseas.

Our Overseas Aid Fund holds the following registrations which will enable it to accept tax deductible donations and grants from all sources in Australia including business coorporations and not-for-profit organisations.

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Life evolves in a jungle

A community development project takes root beneath the forest canopy in Guatemala.

I n 1991, Steve Dudenhoefer sold his successful landscaping business and abandoned his comfortable surroundings in southern Florida, USA, to dedicate his life to alleviating the plight of an indigenous community in the rain forests of eastern Guatemala.

Dudenhoefer says about 60,000 indigenous Maya from Guatemala are living in southern Florida, many of whom fled to the United States to escape the violence brought on by a decades-old civil war. He observed firsthand the challenges facing migrant workers from the Central American country.

“I was struck by the tremendous sacrifice it was for these men to live in the U.S.,” says Dudenhoefer, who became a Rotarian in 1997, when he founded the Rotary Club of Puerto Barrios, Izabal. “It was the only way to ensure safety, health care, and education for their families back home.”

Dudenhoefer moved to Guatemala in 1991 to become a full-time volunteer. While working at a local orphanage, he was struck by the needs of the people there, particularly those of the Q’eqchi’ Maya living in the rain forests.

A year later, he helped establish Ak’Tenamit, an indigenous community development organization that promotes long-term solutions to poverty through education, health care, income generation, and cultural programs.

Rerooted from Rotary International on Vimeo.


Bulletin #2 Meeting of the 19th July 2010

President Ian Durham being inducted by Past President Craig Corrigan

The bulletin this week is available on the newsletter link:


Items of interest:

GSE Team Nominations

Monday August 9th Guest Speaker Terry Jones on the Donald MacKay saga in Griffith during the late 70s.

Donald MacKay


  • Bingo Thursday August 12th: Ray Foley; Ian Durham; Dick Jennings; Marg Perkin.
  • Caravan Park 23rd July Ray Foley & Craig Corrigan.
  • Caravan Park 30h July Craig Corrigan & Henk Hulsman.