942: Australian government honors Rotarian for volunteer efforts
- Australian government honors Rotarian for volunteer efforts
The government of Australia has honored Danny Low, a past governor
of District 9680 (New South Wales), for his contribution toward
assisting developing countries to
reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development.
On 14 September, Health Minister Tony Abbott presented Low with a
certificate of recognition that carries his signature alongside
those of Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Affairs Minister
"I am happy and honored to be recognized, particularly for the
excellent work done by all Rotarians," says Low.
A member of the Rotary Club of Mosman, Low was especially recognized
for initiating and carrying out, with the support of his fellow club
members, medical missions in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Vietnam
over the last 10 years. Since Low's first visit to Vietnam in 1992,
the Mosman club has sponsored several teams of surgeons traveling to
different cities in that country, to perform much-needed hand and
heart surgeries and transfer skills to their Vietnamese counterparts.
The club was granted a permit to operate as a nongovernmental
organization, or NGO, by Vietnam's People Aid Coordinating Committee
"This means that we are a recognized entity," says Low. "Our local
partners are generally the hospitals in Vietnam, orphanages, and any
Vietnamese organization we choose to work with." The club's NGO
status has also helped raised awareness of Rotary. "The Vietnamese
government is fully aware of the contributions of Rotary
International," he says.
Currently, a team of heart surgeons supported by Sydney's Adventist
Hospital and a number of Australian Rotary clubs (including Mosman)
is working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During a 4-6 October trip,
Low will present 126 new wheelchairs to some of the city's poor and
disabled. A team of hand surgeons is scheduled to visit Yangon,
Myanmar, in November.
"We are able to help anyone interested in undertaking projects in
Vietnam and will consider
joint projects with other Rotary clubs," says Low.
Source: R I Website