Ro­tary donates to Bali

Seymour Telegraph - - YOUR LOCAL DINING GUIDE - Ro­tary Club of Seymour pres­i­dent Mariam Baker pre­sented Mike and Lindy Laker with a $2700 cheque.

Mike and Lindy Laker are long-term vis­i­tors to the is­land of Bali.

They love the weather, they love the peo­ple, and they love the cul­ture.

In re­cent years, they have ven­tured from the south­ern bur­geon­ing tourist des­ti­na­tion to the north coast which re­mains, be­cause of its in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity, rel­a­tively un­touched yet it has suc­cumbed to in­cred­i­ble poverty and de­pri­va­tion with health is­sues, gen­eral liv­ing stan­dards and ed­u­ca­tion the main con­cerns.

Many of the res­i­dents travel south to find work to sup­port their fam­i­lies, leav­ing chil­dren alone fend­ing for them­selves.

With the av­er­age wage be­tween $2 and $3 per day, the de­mands and needs are great.

Af­ter con­fronting the ex­tremes of need, the Lak­ers be­came per­son­ally com­mit­ted to do­ing some­thing about the des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion.

They travel back to Bali fre­quently to as­sist fi­nan­cially, morally and with rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive — by our stan­dards — gifts and sup­port items.

The Lak­ers are sup­port­ing four ini­tia­tives: a new mat­tress pro­ject, a mo­bile eye clinic, trans­port of goods to Bali and an on­go­ing pop-up Op Shop.

The Ro­tary Club of Seymour has jumped on board to help the cause, and has proudly funded the eye screen­ing cataract pro­ject with a $2700 do­na­tion.

— Xe­nia Wil­liamson • Buyer regis­tra­tion from 9am • ID re­quired • Cash or card only

Do­na­tion: 270 High­lands Road, Seymour This Satur­day, 8th De­cem­ber, at 10am on site (Acc: Es­tate of Dorothy Atkins) Items in­clude;

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