Bundaberg Central Rotary Club is calling for community donations to WeCARe! to provide essential items for at risk women and children in Papua New Guinea.
Getting involved is as simple as filling a box with supplies and delivering it to the Bundaberg Central Rotary team to be packaged up for shipment to Port Moresby in November.
The club is calling out for donations in the following categories:
• Toiletry and sanitary items
• Women and children’s clothes
• Toys and books
• School books and supplies
All donations must be in a good condition to be shipped.
International Service Director at Bundaberg Central Rotary Derek McGrath said it was important donations were made, with funding severely reduced in light of the COVID pandemic.
“Due to international funding being severely reduced over the past two years with the COVID pandemic, the charity is currently under great pressure,” Derek said.
“We have so much here in Australia and some of these people just to our north have so little, so it is our responsibility to offer help if we can.
“This year we have been asked if we can find a good working wheelchair and working laptop to add to the donation.”
Derek said the event would be the second time the club had collected donations to be sent to Port Moresby with other local rotary clubs also donating goods in the past.
“Bundaberg Central Rotary forwarded two pallets of donated goods to WeCARe! in 2020,” he said.
“Before the amalgamation of West and East Bundaberg Rotary clubs in 2020, West Rotary has helped WeCARe! six times with pallets of gear, flat pack primary school desks and benches and a shipping container that was altered to make a toilet at one of the Papua New Guinea settlement schools outside Port Moresby.”
WeCARe! Foundation is a charity and not-for-profit organisation who provide services to at risk women and children in urban settlements in Papua New Guinea.
The organisation aims to empower women and children who are at risk of abuse, exploitation and negligence.
Assistance is also provided to early childhood education and people and children with special needs and disabilities.
Please messaged the Rotary Club on Facebook and they we will endeavour to provide a box for you.
You can read more information about this organisation here.
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