Together with a matching grant from the District and Rotary International, donations from our club and many other clubs and individuals were leveraged into a huge bicycle distribution in Cambodia. The team of 20 Rotarians & Friends from Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Minden and Toronto distributed 1,231 bikes over a period of three weeks in Cambodia.
Bicycles = Education in rural Cambodia, where rural students often live 10 km or more from a school. Bicycles also enhance a family’s ability to provide for themselves, giving them access to markets to sell their produce and transportation to medical services.
This massive distribution was conducted under the Gravenhurst Rotary Club’s international program ‘Rotary Wheels for Learning’. Rotarian Lisa McCoy coordinated the project on-the-ground in Cambodia with the help of the local Battambang Rotary Club and volunteers from Banyan Learning Tree organization.
Our team was comprised of Gravenhurst area residents Jim & Marlyn Goodwin, George & Liz Rice, Lisa McCoy, Sharon Foley, Lynda Valcourt, Steve and Janice Hayhurst and Richard Augustine. Area cottagers Kathy and Clare Glazer-Chow joined our team along with Minden Rotarian Bill Obee and Sudbury Sunrisers Rotarians Darlene Palmer and Debra Betty who brought along five students from Cambrian College in Sudbury.
With funding from the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Clubs and individuals across Ontario, this year’s team was also able to distribute 1,231 family-size mosquito nets, two tons of rice, 1,231tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes, eyeglasses plus numerous bags of school supplies.
Last January, a team of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Rotarians and Friends undertook a similar mission, distributing, 1,097 bicycles.
Next Bicycle Distribution Trip set for January 2014 – Open to All Rotarians and Their Friends. Contact: email@example.com