Rotarian Barry Edmundson, District Drought Appeal Co-ordinator gave a comprehensive report to the recent Presidents meeting regarding the district’s response to the drought appeal.

At the recent Australia and NZ Conference the District Governors from the drought affected regions were extremely grateful for the support of the rest of Australia. The support both monetary and physical is much appreciated by all those people living through this terrible time.

Many clubs around the district are still raising funds in a wide variety of ways ranging from Theatre nights to the old-fashioned bucket drops. The Channel Nine appeal has been closed off to donations after reaching just over $10 Million. The disbursement of those funds has begun. A full list of those disbursements can be found on the Channel Nine website about $4 million has been sent to the various organisations involved in drought relief including many rotary districts and projects.

While the Channel Nine RAWCS account has closed there are still RAWCS accounts open and receiving money for the drought relief. Please check the RAWCS website if you wish to donate money into one of those accounts.

Many many clubs are liaising directly with clubs and districts in the rural areas and I encourage you to continue to do that but please let Barry Edmundson know what your plans are.

At the recent President’s meeting a short YouTube clip was shown called “Adopt A Town”. This is an initiative from the Rotary Club of Caringbah, your club might like to take a look.

Thank You to all those Rotarians and clubs that are supporting the drought relief, your hard work is truly appreciated.