Rotary Club of Glenorchy Visit

from the Rotary Club of Glenorchy Bulletin:

Our guest speaker last week was PP, PHF, Ted Burton a member of the Rotary Club of Youngtown to tell us all about Disaster Aid International -Australia. To most of us this would be a new subject, so we thank our programmer, Elizabeth Louden for arranging for Ted to visit us.

This is a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills and as Ted explained it is playing a very important role in assisting in disaster areas.

Ted explained that to respond quickly to disasters the equipment available is now stored in a warehouse in China, as many of the areas in need are closer to China than Australia.

An overwhelming need is for fresh, clean water and Ted talked about the SkyHy-drant, a water purifier made in Queensland and costing about $3500. This is a self suf-ficient product that does not need power and can last for up to ten years, is easy to operate and can produce a up to 1000 li-tres of clean water each day.

Ted explained that there are volunteers who go to areas of disaster to assist, train and liaise with local Rotary clubs as near as possible to the problem area. This way aid is used to the best in need. Those volunteers stay no more than a month and are then replaced by a new team.

The Sawyer Mini Water Filter a low cost all-in-one water filter ideal for providing emergency drinking water. Funds collected are controlled by the DARTs committee, so that the chances of mismanagement are eliminated. Disaster Aid International has partners in Australia, Malaysia, UK & Ireland, USA, India and New Zealand.

The disasters that DAA is called on to help are many.

Disaster Aid International helping to rebuild in Fiji

Disaster Aid Roadtrip - Port Macquarie

Tonight’s guest speaker was Des Watts, a Rotarian of 43 years.

Des is driving along the eastern part of Australia promoting the Disaster Aid Int. project of SKYHYDRANTSTM. An ingenious tool made on the Gold Coast to provide good clean water to people in 3rd world countries. Each SkyHydrant costs $5000 & can produce 1000 litres of clean water per hour!

Des is representing the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills in this project & linking with Disaster Aid International. He is visiting 39 Rotary Clubs in 11 weeks.

Des had lots of great stories of his many adventures both overseas & riding around Australia on his motorbike. Des showed two video clips that were too long & robbed him of some valuable time to tell his stories.

(From Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Newsletter)

Vanuatu - Donation of 74 Sawyer Water Filters attached to bucket and lid

A collaborative relationship has been established with Emily Haanschuten, MSPH Peace Corps.

As community health facilitator based at Ndui Ndui Health Centre from April 2016 – April 2018 Emily’s roles and responsibilities include helping the community with health awareness, capacity building, electronic health records and education in the areas of WASH, Reproductive Health and Noncommunicable diseases. On behalf of Disaster Aid International Emily will place the Sawyer Water Filters with the most vulnerable and needy in West Ambae for use in maternity wards and elsewhere in the Health Centre.

Emily will do a needs assessment conducted at approximately one month before baby's due date and if required new Mothers will go home with a sawyer water filter attached to a new bucket after being discharged from the Ndui Ndui Health Centre