2010 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - Wish Upon A Star
When Wish List came out (which you can revisit HERE), no-one could have expected such a wonderful and generous response. Thank you. It is still going, however, so if you're inclined...
Now we also have a Star Donator, who has chosen to remain anonymous, but the depth of his generosity and compassion for the people of Vanuatu is so touching, that we simply had to share it with everyone. Our Star Donator is hopeful that it will spur others on in our community to help those in Vanuatu.
Remember, it is not the amount of your generosity that will be loved by the people, but simply the fact that you cared enough and offered some items to help improve their lives, from the virtual nothing that they presently have to use everyday. It all has to be done by the end of May, so jump on to it now - please.
OK then. Getting off the soapbox for a second and turning more into a kid on Christmas morning, "What did we get?" Well, there's two engine powered pumps, one genset and a diesel powered light tower on a trailer. Wicked. Thank you, anonymous. These are very special gifts and they will be greatly appreciated by their new owners in Vanuatu.
Now of course all of that means we are likely to be in need of a second container to go with the first. So if you can help with that, please call Robyn on +61 3 8601 5882. The Rotary Club of North Brighton is supporting the ORCV's Vanuatu humanitarian project by publicising the project, providing storage at their Donation-In-Kind warehouse facility in Footscray and assisting with the final sorting, packaging and loading of the gifts into the container.
Just how do you do something about it then? Well here is the wish list and you can take any part of that. You may even have your own ideas for donations, based on your own areas of influence, such as our Star Donator has done. We can find a use for nearly anything. Earlier on we had a pallet of A4 paper sent in, so we may need to put a line through that one... The again, if we're taking a second container, bung it in.
The container will be loaded and shipped at the end of May, therefore all donations need to reach the warehouse by the middle of May, so as to allow time for sorting and packaging.
The warehouse address is as listed, and please remember to use the label, which is available from the link below:
Vanuatu School Project
Rotary DIK Warehouse
Rear of Woolshed 40 (enter gate 1)
400 Somerville Road
(between Paramount & Geelong Rds)
West Footscray, Victoria, 3012
Click HERE to get your label to affix to your donations to assist in the identification of your donations,
when they arrive at the Rotary DIK warehouse
If you have any questions please contact:
Richard Potter of the Rotary Club of Brighton North, on 9592 3431 and 0419 303 545
Robyn Brooke of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, on 8601 5882 and 0438 303 321
Brian Slater of APC Logistics, on 9644 7222 and 0425 763 473
Click HERE to get your competitor space allocation form for your gear to be sent over in the container for your return voyage etc.
You get a little over one cubic metre per vessel.
Thank you to all who have dug deep with time, donations or other - may we exceed 2006!
By John Curnow