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 Rotary Club of Gravenhurst is concerned about the impact of Covid 19 on our community. Every one of us has been affected by the virus. However, life is more difficult for some residents of our town than for others. For those who find themselves challenged to put food on the table, it’s especially hard.
For that reason, our Rotary Club is announcing two new funding initiatives to help those in need as a result of Covid 19.
The first is a fund set up through Gravenhurst Caretagion 2020. Caretagion is a new group of volunteers created to run errands for people who are self-isolating or in quarantine. If you need help picking up groceries or prescriptions, or you have other urgent delivery needs, call (705) 710-4542. Through its partnership with Rotary, Caretagion volunteers will ensure that you can get what you need.
The second is a donation to Gravenhurst Against Poverty (G.A.P.) of gift cards for local grocery stores. G.A.P. is a collaborative community-based organization which supports people in difficulty by identifying issues and resources and providing timely solutions.
One of those solutions is the Supper Club, a free community dinner held weekly at Trinity United Church, 290 Muskoka Road N. Gravenhurst. Grocery cards will be available at the Supper Club starting tonight (April 2nd) between 4:00 and 5:30. If you need financial support to feed your family and you can’t get to the church, please email email@example.com. People who are already on G.A.P.’s delivery list will get cards with this week’s hot meal and grocery delivery.
Although our resources are limited, Rotary will make every effort to have gift cards available for as long as the situation requires. We’ve committed $20,000 for this purpose. We are also working with other service clubs, the District of Muskoka and the Town of Gravenhurst to develop a coordinated, longer-term response to this emergency.
If you expect that you’ll need longer-term support as the result of Covid 19, please contact Samantha Hastings at the District of Muskoka at (705) 645-2412, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst believes that no one in our town should go hungry – ever, but especially at a time like this. If you’re able to support us in our relief efforts, please donate: