Kiama service club news

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

There is little point in teaching children to wash their hands to avoid disease when the very water they are using in the process is contaminated. At least 3000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water, a grim reminder for Rotary members who make providing clean water and sanitation a Club priority.

While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our Rotary members to provide toilets and other clean water initiatives in underdeveloped countries. Members also teach these communities to maintain new infrastructure and organise educational projects to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits having first ensured the cleanliness of the water they are using.

Though March 22, each year is recognised by Rotarians as World Water Day, our commitment to these causes is ongoing. Dozens of water projects await financial support; from water harvesting in Mexico to a well for clean potable water in Egypt. In Australia, we take for granted our ability to turn a tap and access clean drinkable water; this is not the case for many of the world's population.

So the next time you confidently wash your hands think of those in the world where such an act could jeopardise their health. If you'd like more information or you'd like to join us and get involved; drop us a note at kiamarotary@gmail.com.

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Lions Clubs International (LCI) started in 1917 in Chicago and has grown to over 1.6 million members worldwide. Kiama did not have a Lions Club until 1970 and we have certainly done a lot since then! At our recent 50th Anniversary Dinner the Mayor of Kiama, Mark Honey, proposed a toast to LCI in which he acknowledged the great contribution to our local community made by Kiama Lions Club over the past 50 years. District Governor Gordon Matthews responded and likewise paid tribute to the efforts of Kiama Lions members, past and present.

It was great to have present family representatives of many of our early members. Launched on the anniversary night, our new book - "Kiama LIons Club: A History- 50 Years of Service, Fellowship and Fun"- is a must-read 200 pager that includes a chapter relating some of the many amusing moments and incidents in the Club's history. We encourage you to peruse the book at Kiama Library where copies are available for a limited period at $25 (cash).