Rotary helps in PNG

A SISTER club partnership between two Rotary clubs from different countries will be further cemented soon with the arrival of a shipping container in the Papua-New Guinea city of Madang.

Following a long association over several years, the Rotary Club of Kiama in District 9750 and the Rotary Club of Madang, Papua New Guinea, in District 9600 decided to take this step last November.

"Along with the mutual benefit for both clubs by the successful achievement of projects, this partnership is now happening in a practical way," Rotary Club of Kiama past president John Kenny said.

"Taking pride of place in the container is a 'state of the art' barbecue trailer which will help significantly the Madang club's fund-raising efforts, as well as its community service activities."

"Several club members arrived around the same time as the container last week and the locals are delighted with the contents. In fact the barbeque as actually christened with a good old-fashioned Aussie barbeque last Sunday, much to the delight of the locals.

According to Mr Kenny, the barbecue trailer is an example of the power of Rotary to inspire community co-operation as a local Kiama business donated the trailer as a thank-you to the club for sponsoring a family member to the Honeywell Engineering Summer School.

"TAFE students completed the fitout as part of their practical training, and a local resident and Friend of Rotary met the costs of the barbecue units as well as providing a substantial share of the shipping costs."

A team of Kiama Rotarians and volunteers will be travelling to Madang in May.

"That will be a great occasion for a good old Aussie barbecue - PNG style," Mr Kenny said.

While in Madang the team will visit a school in Brahman, where the Kiama Club has previously built a girls' dormitory, to determine what other help may be needed.

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