DAI Patron, Max Walker dies aged 68

It is with a very heavy heart that Disaster Aid Australia announces the passing of our patron, friend, mate, cricketer & announcer Max Walker, AM. RIP Max, thanks for the memories.

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More information can be found on the Nine News site

SkyHydrant East in memory of Satnam Singh Rayat

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I am back from a five-week visit to India.  I traveled to west, south, north, and east within India.  Met many Rotarians and visited some Rotary clubs.  The need for clean drinking water is all over rural India.  David’s challenge to Indian Rotarians:  “All children in India should have access to clean drinking water” is very appropriate.
Your hard work of carrying two SkyHydrant units to India as “Check-in luggage” is paying off.  The unit at Navi Mumbai was exhibited at the District Conference, per Dharmendra (D.G.), and it was admired by all attendees there.  I am sure it will find its place at the demo site near Navi Mumbai very soon.

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Rotary Club of Kiama

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Martin Pater spoke to us about the work of Disaster Aid Australia. He said the group started approx 6 years ago when they raised $175,000 of seed funding. They are not first responders, but send a team of people in when there has been a disaster to ask the people specifically what type of help they need, and tailor their assistance accordingly. Disaster Aid provides tents for shelter, or locally sourced building materials and labour, depending on the outcomes of their community consultation. The group stresses teamwork: rebuilding lives together, and provides training in disaster response as well as relief. In one particular village there were a number of large fallen trees following a weather disaster there and the people wanted to use the timber from the trees to rebuild their houses, so a portable saw mill was purchased and set up for them to use. They also have an ongoing goal to provide sustainable clean drinking water to communities throughout The Philippines with partner Balay Mindanaw, and are installing ’Skyhydrants’ into schools and birthing centres. These provide water for approx $1 per day and the special microfibre filter lasts for up to 10 years. More information about their wonderful work in many countries can be found on their web-site: www.disasteraidinternational.org Dave thanked Martin for his informative presentation.

Ecuador Appeal

ecuador appeal 1In April, Ecuador was struck by a 7.8 earthquake that left a trail of loss and ruin along its usually placid Pacific Ocean coast. More than 500 people were killed, thousands made homeless and, according to UNESCO reports, damage to schools has impacted over 120,000 children.

The Governor of Rotary District 4400, Manuel Nieto sought assistance from DAI and at a meeting with him at the RI Convention in Seoul, plans were made to despatch a Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) to investigate and determine what the needs of the survivors were and if our organisation could help. Volunteer DARTs Craig Roberts and Steve Lister from Disaster Aid UK & Ireland recently returned safely with a comprehensive report AND this recommendation: “That DAI directs its aid efforts towards providing new housing for the community of Three Crosses in Bahía de Caráquez in Rotary D4400”.

The DAI Board approved that recommendation and launched an appeal to raise funds to build new homes. DAA is asking for your support in providing vital humanitarian assistance in that country. Rotary in Ecuador wants this to be a model village that showcases what Rotary and Rotarians can do.

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