The Rotary Club of Naracoorte held a very successful dinner at Murray and Julie Burdett’s home to raise funds for the Mwandi Water project.
The weather was perfect for the “indoor-outdoor restaurant” setting and the 60 guests were in a happy and generous mood.
The “Mostly Moroccan Menu” prepared by Rotarians, their partners and friends and served by volunteers including Rotary youth exchange and Rotary National Youth Science Forum participants, was very well received.
Auctioneer Tom Dennis, manager of Elders, ensured that the many donated items for sale added significantly to profits from the night.
Many donations have also been received for the project.
Rotarian John Probert has visited Mwandi Village on two occasions. He gave a brief explanation of the project.
Mwandi Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is a Uniting Church project instigated by a young woman from Port Lincoln.
It now feeds around 300 children per day as well as providing clothing and blankets to the children and their extended families.
The majority of children have been orphaned due to the HIV epidemic which has decimated the region.
The Rotary project is to install a new bore and submersible pump at the OVC as a major part of a project to make the orphanage self-sufficient by providing rental accommodation for teachers and nursing staff.
John said: “The only escape for children is education and the OVC has had numbers of children go from the kindergarten through to completing university with some returning as project workers helping with raising the living standard in Mwandi and the surrounding areas.”
Over $5000 was raised for the Mwandi Water Project in Zambia.