STAWELL - Last January a group of young students from Stawell travelled to Cambodia in a Rotary sponsored trip through the Non-government organisation Samaritan's Purse.
It was a life changing experience for the students to see a society still struggling to overcome poverty, the trauma of war and horrible genocide.
They participated in helping the educational and humanitarian work of Samaritan's Purse as they play their part in the rebuilding of that society.
This year Rotary are utilising the services of Jetset Horsham to develop an itinerary which enables the students to experience some of he history and culture, the scenic beauty of Vietnam and to assist several NGOs in Vietnam in their humanitarian work to provide educational opportunity for the poor, the disabled and the disadvantaged.
Again Vietnam is a society which has been wracked by years of war and oppression and is slowly coming out of those traumas.
Also on this trip students will participate in a helping to build a simple villagers home for a family near My Tho in the Mekong Delta.
Rotarians sees these trips as "Discovery tours"- providing the opportunity for students to:
· discover about the wider world especially our neighbours and
· about yourself.
· act as young Ambassadors for Australia, and to
· develop a sense of altruism, to provide service to others above self.
As for the previous trip, those who wish to participate 'have to work to raise funds for the projects for which purpose Rotary have established an account at the local Commonwealth Bank where funds raised or donated are to be deposited. We have a minimum target of $4000.
Items for the Samaritan Purse Shoe Boxes can be delivered to the Stawell Library in Sloane St.
The shoe boxes will be sent to Vietnam for poor school children.
There are still several vacancies for the trip available, if you are interested, apply soon.
Travel and accommodation cost about $3000 - per person. $500 ticket deposits must be paid to Jetset Horsham within the next 10 days and final travel payments by November 15. Students must have valid passports and will be assisted by Jetset to gain the necessary visa.
There will be a further planning meeting at the Stawell Rotary Meeting Room behind the Salvation Army Op Shop in Wimmera Street on Wednesday evening 10 October at 7.00pm to which participating students and their parents are urged to attend.
At a future meeting an Indo-China Travel expert from Jetset will brief students and families on Vietnam. Date to be advised.
At Stawell Secondary College, participating students from that campus will meet weekly on Thursdays at lunch time in the Language Centre.
Interested Year 11 and Year 12 students from schools in Ararat or Horsham should make contact with John Launder 53582171.
Students at Stawell Secondary College can contact Mrs Wendy Slorach.