Past Rotary International President is our Patron

Bill Boyd

PRIP Bill Boyd from New Zealand has agreed to become our Patron for the Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Day Centenary Climb.

Bill Boyd is a member of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga Inc, Auckland, New Zealand and was Rotary International President in 2006-2007.

Bill Boyd Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit – CNZM

At the opening plenary session (17 February 18, 2006) of the Rotary International Assembly incoming president William B. (Bill) Boyd announced his theme: “LEAD THE WAY”.

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Governors-elect greeted this announcement with a standing cheering ovation as Boyd stated, “This will be my theme and an affirmation of my belief in the power of Rotarians to change the world, one positive act at a time.” He concluded his remarks by saying, “As Rotarians, we are not content to let matters stay the way they have always been in our clubs or in our communities. We are not content with the status quo, and we do not look at a problem only to say someone else will solve it. We are the ones who ask, ‘Why not us?’ We are the ones with the skills and the desire to build a better future. And we are the ones who must  “Lead the Way”

Mount Kenya 2015 ANZAC Project

Mount Kenya and Rhinos

We are now in the early planning stages of our next major project for Africa.

We are going to climb Mount Kenya to celebrate ANZAC Day 2015, the centenary of ANZAC Day.  Summit on April 25th 2015.

We will be taking two teams one to climb Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft) the second highest peak in Africa behind Kilimanjaro, the other team to go to Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft).  We are looking to take some Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers with us on this adventure.

The beneficiaries will be the Orphan Rescue Kits for the education of disadvantaged children in Mathare an overcrowded suburb of Nairobi  The funds will go to orphan rescue education for secondary school children from Mathare.  The next beneficiary will be Coolamon House in Hout Bay our twin Rotary club.  As well we will be raising funds for Legacy Australia and the RSA New Zealand who both look after the widows and children of our returned soldiers.

We are looking for expressions of interest to join us on this unique adventure in Africa.  More details will be forthcoming via this web site and by writing to me John Glassford email: john (at) or by calling me on (02) 6927 6027 or if overseas 61 2 6927 6027.

Stay tuned and book mark this page please.   Thank you.

The Olympic Rings

Here’s some food for thought as you watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight: What if the Olympic rings were used to show inequalities between regions?

This infographic by designer Gustavo Sousa uses the Olympic rings to show the number of people living with HIV across the regions.

KEY: Oceania: blue. Europe: black. Americas: red. Africa: yellow. Asia: green.

RFFA Hero Award

RFFA (Rotarains For Fighting AIDS), Australia Chair PDG Fred Loneragan received the RFFA Hero award at the District 9700 change over last night in Leeton. Here is PDG Fred receiving the award from IPDG Ian Simpson. This award was made by the full board of RFFA and is in memory of the CEO of RFFA, Marion Bunch, whose son Jerry contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion.

Jerry was the catalyst behind Marion forming the RFFA Action Group to fight HIV/AIDS through Rotary.

IPDG Ian Simpson, John Glassford and PDG Fred Loneragan

IPDG Ian Simpson, John Glassford and PDG Fred Loneragan

“The annual District 9700 Change Over was held at the Leeton Returned Soldiers Club in conjunction with the Leeton Rotary Club’s 71st Change Over Dinner.  Over 170 Rotarians and their partners were present at the function.  It was a long night and the best was left to almost last which was the presentation to PDG Fred Loneragan with the RFFA Jerry’s Hero Award.  DG Ian Simpson made the presentation and introduced John Glassford as a RFFA Board member and of course PDG Fred.

DG Ian read out a message from Marion Bunch which was warmly received by all present.  The award is a beautiful crystal red AIDS ribbon, made in Atlanta, delivered to Bangkok and then to Leeton in ONE piece.  Fred was very surprised and delighted to receive the award on behalf of the children of Africa.  The dinner then concluded with the change over from IPDG Ian Simpson to incoming DG Greg Brown.”

Tracy Monica from Mathare

We would like to introduce you all to Tracy Monica.  Tracy gave us Mountains of the Moon team a wonderful speech in Mathare last December.  Here it is: mathare-speech Once you have read this then have a look at Tracy’s 1st term report at Secondary School below, click on the image and enlarge it:

Tracy's 1st Term Report

Tracy's 1st Term Report

Following our visit to Mathare and meeting Tracy we decided to support her into Bishop Okoth’s Secondary School for Vulnerable girls.  We are going ot honour Tracy’s request to us at Mathare to help 200 of her peers who are now ready to go to Secondary School and who are vulnerable and at risk where they live now.

Tracy Monica

Tracy Monica

Tracy can be seen in her new school uniform proud as punch as we are of her efforts in her 1st term at her new school.  If you want to help us get other girls and boys out of Mathare please contact us via our email which is: [email protected] Or call me on 61 2 6927 6027 anytime.

The Africa Project

Megan MacDonald a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from the USA and now in Kenya put me onto this organisation via her wonderful blog site called There She Goes. Megan is one amazing lady and I met her briefly at the Los Angeles Rotary International Convention or was it Chicago? Megan is doing great work in my old home Kenya however this story is about South Africa.

It is about child headed households of orphans who are victims of AIDS. These are the children we in RFFA are helping with our Orphan Rescue Kits especially in Kenya.

One by One

By Peggy Goetz, Africa Unfinished

Some days I cannot see any
hope for Africa, the leaky human
ship of it. When one tiny hole
is patched a fist blow breaks another,
desperate baling by sucking in
one noxious mouthful at a time
and spewing it overboard.
Some days I cannot see any
hope for Africa.

Then I see a face, a smile,
a child who studies hard,
a doctor who returns to help
her village, a principal who
lets his students sleep on
the floor of his modest home
because they live too far,
a nun who’s worked here
half a century still laboring
every day, a young woman who’s
kept her four sisters safe and fed
after both parents died of AIDS.
There is hope for Africa,
one person at a time.

The Africa Project founded in 2005 as an all volunteer non profit organization, The Africa Project is making a real difference in the lives of children and families in Nkandla, South Africa, where extreme poverty is exasperated by the HIV pandemic and extremely drug resistant tuberculosis. Nkandla has a population of 133,602 of whom 57 percent are women. An estimated 90 percent of the population are unemployed and the majority of households are headed by women. Over 61 percent of the population consists of children under 18 years of age and 14 percent are under 5 years, placing a high dependency burden on a relatively small group of adult earners.

orphans of nkandla, bbc – cinematography from Natalie Haarhoff on Vimeo.