• Cleanup at DIK

Monday 15th May was another busy day for RCPM. This time back at DIK, sorting, cleaning and packing for our current projects in Chile and Timor-Leste.

The Packers
Pauline, Robyn, Ruby and Jackie

We are getting ready to ship around 55 hospital-beds & mattresses as well as wheelchairs, walkers, bedside toilets and clothing to the Rotary Hospital Bed Bank in Chile. Our partner club in Chile, RC Valdivia-Ainil, are sharing this container with communities over the border in Argentina – so we are now working there as well!

The clinic is now operating with 304 hospital beds, all provided by RC Port Melbourne and managed by RC Valdivia-Ainil. On average, the beds are turned over 1.5 times per year, allowing us to provide 500 families with palliative care equipment, every year.

The Cleaners 
Heather, Chris, Doug and PE Graham

 We are adding a Conference Room to the Balibo Fort House Hotel. The Victorian Govt. has chipped in $100,000 for the construction and RCPM and partners Balibo House Trust, RC of Keilor, Pakenham, Mitchell River and Berwick are all contributing by supplying a volunteer Project Manager to
build the Conference Room and then provide the furniture, cutlery, crockery, glassware and audio-visual system.

Suzanne (aka The IKEA Lady) with her Conference Room Caravan of cutlery, crockery etc winding her way through the concrete desert of IKEA

The new Conference Room will provide permanent employment to another 6 local residents, taking our hotel to 26 permanent jobs and providing 4-star accommodation to visitors and volunteers alike. It is envisaged that the hotel’s revenue will increase by approximately US$50,000 p.a. by attracting corporate and government conferences to Balibo. The visiting dentists and other volunteers, also contribute heavily to the communities income by paying for accommodation and meals whilst volunteering their time and skills at our recently constructed Dental Clinic, the local hospital, the Community Learning Centre and Balibo 5 Kindergarten. All projects built and run by BHT, with help from RCPM and our Rotary partners.

The hotel spends most of its income within the Balibo community, on wages and local produce. The rent goes to support the above health and educational projects.

Thank you to all who were able to help at DIK!

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