2006 Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Service—Disadvantaged Women and Children

Quota International of Forster Tuncurry

A downpour in the form of relief was showered upon the Condobolin area of New South Wales this July as the Quota club of Forster Tuncurry accepted the challenge former Past President Jennifer Curtis proposed to them. The charge would address the tremendous needs of the rural communities affected by the four-year drought. The financial impact of this drought has caused farmers to go into debt, not only to keep their property, but also to provide basic necessities for their families.

The Quotarians of Forster Tuncurry enthusiastically accepted the challenge by partnering with the state rural counsellor to provide parcels of basic toiletries, such as toothpaste, sanitary items, disposable nappies/diapers, and shampoo. The project was taken up by the local community as well, with companies donating supplies and cash for shipping the parcels. In total, the club provided 280 large boxes for distribution to the disadvantage women of the Condobolin area, 20 toiletry kits for the emergency room of the hospital, as well as Aus.$2,000. A portion of the money was donated to the Salvation Army.

The Quota club members of Forster Tuncurry felt a surge of pride, not only helping families in need, but also from the publicity that their club received. The project attracted media attention in the community and also the awareness of local state members of parliament. The “Helping Hands Drought Project” brought public recognition to the plight of “Women in the Bush.” It can probably best be summed up by a line from one of the many thank-you notes the club received. “It picks you up to know others are thinking of our troubles.”

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Quota International of Sainik Farm

Since the formation of the Quota club of Sainik Farm in 1999, it has been their mission to assist rural populations where there are few facilities for medical treatments. With a special emphasis on helping women with no one to care for them—the elderly, and the poor—the Quotarians established a medical camp and an “eye treatment” center in a remote village in Punjab.

The Quotarian spirit of caring for those in need didn’t stop there. In addition to much-needed medical treatment, the club members gave convalescents free meals, fruits, and milk. They also arranged for vans to pick up the patients to transport them to and from the hospital and provided medicines and supplies needed for recovery.

The local inhabitants were informed about the medical camp through handbills, posters, and loudspeaker announcements. More than 800 people were treated at the medical camp. The first two days were dedicated to medical check-ups and eye screenings. Eventually 44 people were selected for eye surgeries. The medical team of eight doctors and nurses accompanied the Quota Club members for the five day visit.

While Quota International was not known in this rural area, word of the club’s generosity quickly spread. This project which cost approximately U.S. $3,500 has improved the quality of these villagers’ lives through diagnoses, tests, and treatment, which they would not have been able to afford.

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