Bulletin Update No. 68

Sadly the medical supplies are still on the wharf here in Melbourne. Unfortunately even if they were to leave in the next week or so they would not reach Kenya before Christmas. The container was packed and ready for shipment in August and now Rotary have been directed by the Kenyan Government to use a ‘particular’ shipping line, one which does not operate out of Australia so in my view the Kenyan Government seems to ‘dream up’ obstacles to delay this shipment and in the meantime their people are without supplies or have very little. How lucky we are to live in the land of Oz!

I have been working upon ideas for the village of Kanthi’s sustainability after receiving the following email from Daniel.

WE HAVE TRANSPLANTED TOMATOES .CHILDREN ARE NOW FEEDING.PATIENTS TURN OUT IS VERY POOR DUE TO POVERTY AND LAC OF AWERENESS,I PAID TREE THOUSAND FOR REGISTRATION OF THE HOSPITAL AM STILL WAITING FOR THE RECEIPTS.YOU MENTIONED EARLIER OF CONSINEMEND WITH MOTOR BIKE AND SOME MEDICATION WHAT IS THE PROGRESS?

I am not sending a bike over there as it attracts duty from the Kenyan Government and it would be more prudent to send the money (if necessary) to purchase one there. Worrying about sending a bike when the medical supplies packed ready to go in August are still sitting on the wharf in Melbourne!

Re the Nursary school I have sent money for the Nursary children’s food for the last term. The families are still very poor as indicated above.

With the photo of the Greenhouse, bear of a crop, (Bulletin Update No. 67) and now only just planting, there is no income during this time until the harvest of the crop. I have come up with an idea of a second Greenhouse and that would provide all year round planting. Whilst one is bearing tomatoes the second is being planted out and so when one finishes the other should be ready to harvest. I shall also ask Daniel about other type of crops that would provide an income being very mindful of the water issue.

This leads me to the point of a competition run by The Weekly Review magazine, the magazine which is delivered with your Leader newspaper. I was interviewed by The Weekly Review last week and my interview is to be published on 16th November, 2015, although it can be read online now. I have been advised this week by the magazine that my interview has been selected as one of the nine finalists in the competition. Readers are invited to vote on line for their favourite article commencing on 16th November until 22nd November…..the website to vote is www.theweeklyreview.com.au you then scroll down to Local Heroes and vote for your favourite article. The first prize is $5,000.00 for the winner’s charity and $5,000.00 for The Weekly Review media package, in total $10,000.00…wonderful!

My point is if you like the article and vote for me and I am fortunate enough to win, that would solve the problem of funds for a second Greenhouse and food for the Nursary school . I wish to thank all the people who contributed generously with donations to the Garage Sale I held at St. Christopher’s church hall, Camp Road, Anglesea on Saturday, 31st October and Sunday, 1st November, This was the start of raising funds for the second Greenhouse and over the two days I realised the sum of $2,200.00 with a further promise of $55.00. A special thank you to Josie Caruana and Vinka Heggarty (friends from Anglesea) for their wonderful help and also to Jo, my dear husband, who transported two utes full of goods to Anglesea. Winning this competion would be ‘a lot easier way of raising the funds necessary to purchase the Greenhouse and more’! Please register your vote to aid the village people of Kanthi.

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Cheers,

HELEN