Posted by Wesley Sim on Feb 12, 2019


Our first 2 events of the year have set us up for a great start to the year, close to 100 attending at each. Evident from my last couple of emails to all members, January can hardly be called a quiet month despite us not meeting for lunch each week.
If you chanced upon a post in Facebook in the past week that made you think I have taken up ballet, don’t be too concerned. Quite clearly I failed the auditions. So the show will be spectacular without me at the Rotary Path of Hope Gala Ball on May 18th 2019.
I hope you all enjoyed the Lunar New Year lunch last Friday as much as I did. Together with our guests, we raised a total of $1,943 for the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.
The Rotary Club of Perth (ie. We), led by Mike Gurry, is the sponsor for Nokor Tep Foundation Australia through Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). Hosted by the RAWCS website and promoted far and wide by Mike and his friends, this project raises over $100,000 each year towards the construction of the hospital. I was glad to hear from Janne Ritskes on Friday that the new hospital will begin taking in patients in a month’s time. If you are going to be in the region around then, please contact Janne and join in the celebration as your Rotary Club’s representative.
We’re aiming to have our involvement in the hospital this year boosted by a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation. While the immediate need of the hospital is a mammogram machine, Past President Stephen Inouye and his committee are working with the Rotary Club of Singapore and Dalkeith, thinking laterally, to see how we can stretch the grant; to not only provide a mammogram machine but to equip them with mobile clinics as well; in order to attend to women who can’t otherwise get to the hospital. Rotary is a network of resources. If you are able to help in any way (time, talent or treasure), please make it know to Stephen or me.
By the way, in addition to the nearly $2k raised last Friday, there were 25 Philippines Sentimo and 50 Euro Cents which we shall put towards the foreign coins collection that Jill has been assembling since the President’s Cocktail.

See you all on Friday. Together we improve lives.

Yours in Rotary,
Wesley Sim- President - Rotary of Perth 2018/2019