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1st, 3rd and 5th Monday - 6.30pm
Banksia Room, Commercial Club Albury
618 Dean Street
Albury, N.S.W.  2640
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Our latest exchange student visits Rotary Club of Albury
Our latest exchange student, Caroline Hvid has just arrived in Australia and came to visit with her host family.
President Mike Burke handed her our banner and took possession of her sponsoring club in Holland.
Caroline looks forward to seeing Australia and we hope she visits us as many times as she can while she is here.
Guest speaker JEREMY SCOTT
Jeremy told us of his inspirational Journey of just under 52 000klms from London to NZ.
This was his first attempt at long distance bike riding, and his greatest joy from the ride
was the people he met, the kindness he received along the way and his personal journey that
enabled him to complete the trip. Diagnosed with a hole in his heart at 2years old. Had an
operation at 4yrs old, before the operation he had no energy, after he became an avid
sportsman. He was living in London and was thinking about raising money for heart disease,
He saw a story about cyclist riding short trips to raise money. It was
then he decided to ride from London to NZ to get home, and raise money as he went. When he
first got his bike, he had never ridden a fully loaded bike with paniers before. So he started with
a goal to just get to Amsterdam, then to Prague and then Budapest.
It took him 10 weeks to ride across Europe. He then started across Turkey which was the
hardest riding he ever did. In winter the temperature got down to -40 Deg and had to wait till
mid-morning for it to warm up enough to ride, about -10 deg.
He found Iran the most beautiful place and met lots of friendly helpful people. He told of one night he met a shepherd in a field, who gestured for him to join him in a meal, which was very basic but the man gave him all the food he had cooked.
He then rode through Kyrgyzstan to Asia, through lots of sand storms which was very difficult.
He then rode through China to south east Asia , and then Vietnam. Once he got to Darwin his Aunt & Uncle
met up with him and rode with him to Cairns. Down the coast to Melbourne, flew to Christchurch, then around
NZ till he got home. To date he has raised $55,000 dollars and has now started his new challenge,
writing and promoting his book and donating 10% of the book sale to heart charities.
His book has some fantastic photos and you can get one from his website.
AG Glenys Hall inducted our latest member, Debbie Cations.
AG Glenys Hall did the honours of inducting our newest member Debbie whilst visiting our club, Glenys was our keynote speaker for the night and
gave us a rundown of what is happening in our district, in surrounding districts and what Rotary Australia has achieved  this year.
At the conclusion of her speech Glenys then assisted our President, Jean Burke, to induct our newest member Debbie.
Debbie was sponsored by one of our oldest members, PP Ken, and he introduced Debbie and gave us a quick snapshot of why Debbie will be a fantastic
Debbie joins a number of young, compared to the rest of us, group that has recently joined our club, which is fantastic to see, and all of the members
hope that Debbie has a wonderful time with us, as she starts her Rotary journey.
Graham Turner Bursary recipient’s presentations
Three of the medical students from the University of UNSW came to give us a presentation of their trips for their medical exchange program,
giving us an insight into their experience when they went to two hospitals each.  
They all also took the chance to have a great holiday, which was a good chance to unwind before they headed back to Australia
to finish the last 6 months of their medical training.
The first, Edward Rose, went to Malta and then Iceland.
Ed explained it was a real experience with two very varied medical tasks.
Malta was predominantly water based issues, from swimming to snorkelling accidents, to serious diving related problems,
the most common was Nitrogen  Narcosis, or as commonly known as the bends,
as such the Hospital has a decompression chamber for such issues.
Ed told us he had a go in the chamber, 5 minutes of pressurisation and then 3 hours for the decompression.
Not very exiting after all, however a good experience for what the patients have to go through.
Ed then went to Iceland, a similar size and population to Tasmania, where he is from,
but here the general hospital had not a lot of accidents to deal with, so the Paramedics were also the firefighter,
and the first call that Ed went on was to a fire.
So he said he learnt a whole new set of skills, as the paramedics were happy to let Ed fight fires as well.
Second presentation was Katherine Grellman, she went to the sports medicine facility for the Sydney Swans,
which she said was state of the art and a real experience, as she got to go to the game as a player support doctor,
and get involved with the whole rehabilitation program for the players.
Katherine then went to a equivalent sports medicine hospital in England, which was a public hospital,
set up before the Olympics and aimed at increasing the support for sports in general.
Katherine said that the public sports medicine would soon be going to a similar model as we have here,
more orientated towards clubs running their own.
Third student was Hannah Bruce, she went to South Africa and then the Solomon Islands, working in the hospitals in the emergency wards and in the operating theatres.
Hannah went to the Tygerberg  Hospital Cape Town , where she had a great time working with lots of other medical students,
and seeing some great sights as a tourist.
Next Hannah went to Honiara, where she was very committed to trying to improve the general conditions
and the equipment that the Solomon Islands Hospital had, as she expected it to be less than Australia but it was worse than she had thought.
She had a great time and learnt lots of things from the medical staff and other visiting doctors,
but was well aware that they could do so much more with additional / better equipment.
Hannah also spent a time as a patient, as she contracted Dengue Fever whilst she was there,
but thankfully she recovered quite quickly and was able to work in the hospital.
This is the Dengue Fever Ward, outside the Hospital. Many die in the Solomon Islands from Dengue fever,
due to poor conditions and lack of medical knowledge and equipment/medicine.
There was a great lack of support and lots of equipment missing that she would have expected in an  operating theatre and the hospital,
as such she was very keen to get our club involved with supplying any equipment we could get through a DIK program. More to follow.
All of our members were impressed with the quality of these young doctors to be, and we were very happy to be able to help
them in their journey to becoming doctors, we wish them all the very best and hope they will all have success in the last six months of their training,
and their medical careers, where ever they pursue it.
Rotary Donations In Kind

Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycling operation, run by volunteers, that gives suitable goods to people in need, for free.


A Donations In Kind (DIK) project is often the most practical and cost effective way to help people in developing countries and it also provides excellent opportunities to help local communities.

It provides Rotarians, the Public and Corporate Sector with the chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who need our help.

It provides Rotarians with opportunities to use all of their resources; their intellect, skills and contacts, their labour and their ability to raise funds.

There is an opportunity for everyone no matter where they are located or the time available, to get involved and make a difference.


DIK’s roots go back 50 years, when Australian Rotarians began hands-on projects overseas and it became obvious that surplus material in Australia would be very valuable. It is part of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) a group that assists with practical projects in developing countries. Click here for more information on RAWCS and DIK nationally

Donations from Albury

A big thank you needs to given to Albury Wodonga Health (AWH)


for donations to date, 15 pallets of medical supplies, which would have been otherwise thrown away.

These pallets contained medical gowns, gloves, gauze, bandages, maternity care packs, and lots of other useful and sometimes desperately needed

supplies in other countries.

This is an ongoing donation, the great staff at AWH assembling pallets of donated supplies as it becomes available.

Our club, then picks up the pallets and takes them to Border express.

Border Express then kindly delivers the pallets, for free, to the DIK storage facility in Melbourne.

The wonderful staff at Border Express are super helpful and always happy to load and unload the pallets whenever we drop them off.

They make, what would be a difficult problem, of delivering these donated supplies to Melbourne an effortless process.


On behalf of our club, the Donation in Kind organisation and the hospitals all over the world whom receive these badly needed supplies, we thank

these two companies for their generous donations and support, which of course would not happen without them.

Deb's Kids in Kenya
Debbie McMillan is back in Australia and came to the club to give everyone an update on how thing are going, and some of the new kids she is trying to supporting as well. 
Debbie also explained to the club members about some of the businesses she has started to help the Kenya children to learn how to be self supporting, as well as giving some of her other kids a chance to get work.
Most of all Debbie showed her love and caring for her kids in Kenya.
It is a never ending challenge, but Debbie is doing her best to help as many people in Kenya that she can.
But, as Debbie said many times, it's not just enough to give money or care for the kids. Debbie wants these kids to grow up with hope and a ability
to learn to be self sufficient by giving them skills and the means to not only look after themselves but also their families.
So part of Debbie's focus is getting her kid's jobs or to start up small businesses that will make them money and help to employ others.
President Ken at the end of Debbie's presentation, thanked Debbie for her commitment and her selflessness in trying to change the lives of her kids,
and on behalf of all our members and our club, thanked her for making us a small part of the program which allows us to help as well.
We wish Debbie all the best when she returns to Kenya, and hopefully more Australians will see her good work and help as well.