Thursday, January 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Last year, Walkerston Rotary Club member Col Baldock joined Rockhampton Fitzroy Rotary club members, other Rotarians and non-Rotarians for a ten-day trip to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap regions.
The Rocky Fitzroy club has several projects going on in these areas, building schools, establishing water wells to supply water for a handful of residences; and also educating and supplying birthing kits and delivering sanitary kits for women and girls, supplied by Walkerston Rotary’s affiliated group Mackay Days for Girls. Donations-in-kind such as repurposed stretchers and first aid kits were also presented.
A stand-out event was the Rotarian volunteers who delivered and fitted the Helping Hands prosthetics which have been produced for landmine victims in Cambodia, as well as Sri Lanka, Kenya and Laos.
A short but extremely interesting tour of the local area was also presented as part of the visit. Vision Cambodia coordinates this project.
As a result of Col Baldock’s promotion of his visit to Cambodia, the Rotary Club of Walkerston has donated financial support to the Vision Cambodia Organization to assist with building schools and water wells in rural areas of Cambodia (RAOAF).
The next Cambodia trip, to assist with this project, is planned for April 2023.
Col Baldock in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fitting a Helping Hand prosthetic
Installing a water well
Rotary members in Cambodia