Rotarians & Friends Team of 24 Ready to Distribute Bicycles January 2013!
We have a team of 24 Rotarians & Friends ready to distribute Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycles throughout Cambodia this coming January/February 2013!!
Our team is comprised of people of all ages from cities and towns across the province of Ontario, Canada! – a handful of College Students from Cambrian College in Sudbury, a mother and daughter duo from Toronto, a pair of sisters from Gravenhurst…
… Amongst our team, there are members from four District 7010 Rotary Clubs in Ontario: Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Sudbury Sunrisers Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Bracebridge and the Rotary Club of Minden.
The team arrives in Cambodia on January 23rd and departs February 12th, (with some going on to do some sightseeing in Viet Nam, Laos and Thailand).
During our 21 days in Cambodia, we’ll be distributing up to 1,056 bicycles and mosquito nets to rural Cambodian students. We’ll be distributing bicycles, mosquito nets and dental supplies in the provinces of Battambang, Takeo and Siem Reap.
We will be giving a number of bicycles and mosquito nets to children living in the area surrounding the Steung Mean Chey garbage dump in Phnom Penh through the People Improvement Organization (PIO), founded by CNN top-ten hero Phymean Noun.
Our final distribution sees us returning to Tamao Wildlife Santuary and Rescue Centre, where our friends at Free the Bears will help us distribute 100 bicycles to children living in the many rural villages surrounding the area.
Several distributions will be conducted with members of the Rotary Club of Battambang, district 3350. This club is now identifying the many area children in need of a bike to get to school. We’ll also be distributing bikes to at least one school on the outskirts of Siem Reap with Rotary Club of Siem Reap Angkor Member, Sophanit Prin.
Bicycles and mosquito nets will be distributed at local schools and in the villages themselves. With each bicycle, we will provide the child’s family with a family-sized quality mosquito net.
Before the bikes are handed out at each location, the children and families will be provided with a dental hygiene education session, following which, our team will distribute toothbrushes and toothpaste to all – including the teachers!
We’ll be visiting many rural schools, at which our team will distribute many donated items brought over in suitcases.
HELP OUR TEAM PROVIDE A BICYCLE TO EACH OF THE 1,056 CHILDREN PRESENTLY BEING IDENTIFIED IN CAMBODIA -Your Donation of $50, will provide a bicycle and mosquito net to a child. Sponsor a bike for a child as a Christmas or birthday gift to your friend or loved one!
Tax receipts issued in Canada. Donors are provided with a photograph of their sponsored child with their bike upon the team’s return to Canada. Donate through the PayPal link at the top of this page, or by cheque to ‘Rotary Club of Gravenhurst’, ‘RWFL’ in Memo Field. Mail to: Box 888, Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1V2THANK YOU to the following donors for their recent contributions towards Rotary Wheels for Learning Bicycles:John Chow of Toronto $2,000.00
Rotary Club of Washago & Area-Centennial – $750.00
Sudbury Sunrisers Rotary Club – $1,500.00
Rotary Club of North Bay – $2,000.00
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on a daily basis. It is recommended that organizations plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to change their operations as needed. We will continue to monitor the recommendations from Public Health and will react accordingly.
The good news is that, as long as we can, we are keeping our Wednesday night bingo going! We feel that because there is very limited contact when organizing the game each week that we can safely carry on and thereby provide a much needed distraction for our many players in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. We will be monitoring the situation each week and will make every effort to continue however if at some point conditions are such that it is not safe for our members we will have to make that judgement call. Please continue to buy your weekly tickets and if bingo happens to be cancelled in future do not worry, we will either refund your purchase or make those tickets valid when we resume.
Until further notice we have canceled our regular Monday noon meetings as well as other Rotary events in our District. Our board meetings and committee meetings are mostly being done by teleconference.
All Rotarians are mindful of those in our community that may be impacted by the mental stress and the anxiety of this event as well as the self-isolation so many are experiencing. For any member of our community having difficulty please do not hesitate to reach out to someone from our club or to any of the agencies in our community. We are here to support you.
The health and safety of our Rotary members, their families and our community are our top priority and primary concern. Public Health officials are encouraging the use of social distancing and self-isolation to flatten the curve and protect vulnerable people in our community. We each need to do our part to endeavour to abide by public health recommendations.
Wishing all of you good health over the coming days and weeks,