Message from President

Message from Rotary Club of Queenstown President 2018-19
Jeyan Nadarajah, PHF

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

“Be the Inspiration” is the Rotary International theme for rotary year 2018/2019. It’s an appropriate theme because as Rotarians we can be the inspiration to the people and communities around us.  As Rotarians we can be role models to our children and we can help those who are weaker and in need of help in our local communities.  We can even cross borders to help the less advantaged in countries around us.

There is no limit to what we can achieve if we work as one, bringing together our time, effort, expertise, networks and financial resources to bring good to those in need.  

This we have seen over and over again.  Rotary has been working around the world to help eradicate polio and has helped immunize 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. While the battle is not over, the end may not be too far away

In our region, we at the Rotary Club of Queenstown, have been working with children in Taxia, China since 2015 and teaching them English, how to play musical instruments and handicraft skills. We have also raised money to renovate and improve a preschool In Garut, Indonesia. The children at the school now benefit from larger, more comfortable classrooms and have a better learning environment.

We also refurbished, renovated and supplied computers for a computer room in an SOS Children’s village in Manila. The children now have easy access to computers for their homework and on-going learning needs. We will be extending this project to other SOS villages in the Philippines.

Closer to home, we organized a community day in partnership with Beyond Social Services for lower income children and families from various HDB neighborhoods and brought everyone a day of fun, food and entertainment.  (and donations of course to support their programs).

In all our projects, we are striving to achieve sustainable engagements with our beneficiaries and to work with them over the long term to bring lasting benefits. As much as possible, we want to equip our beneficiaries with the tools and skills to fend for themselves over the long term. 

I would like to conclude by thanking District Governor Henry Tan and the First Lady Ellen for gracing our installation, the Incoming Board and all our members for their support and contributions to our club. I am convinced that we will continue the proud tradition of our club. 

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