Welcome to Meeting No. 167 of the Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to 2019. Apologies for the lack of updates to the website but I have been a bit snowed under the last couple of weeks. While the Vietnamese like the Christmas Spirit it was pretty much business as usual over the Christmas period but things are starting to ramp up now for TET which will be for the week 4-8 February where the Vietnamese really do get into the celebrations. Already the streets are being decorated and the park near my house is being fenced off and will become a 'showground' featuring food, animals, flowers/plants and generally fun things to do. Many shops and restaurants will be closed and we will see a marked change in the amount of traffic ( that will be nice smiley )

I was very pleased to be able to donate 32 million VND, approx $2000 AUD, on behalf of Latitude 38 to SAPP for the purchase of Vietnamese Health Insurance Cards and when I get more information about the proceedings I will let you all know. I look forward to continue to fundraise for this worthy project as it really does make a big difference to the lives and well-being of everyday Vietnamese who find it difficult to spare the money to purchase the insurance. Please see below more details of our fundraising efforts. 

This week's meeting material

A reminder of our current Vietnam project to purchase Health Insurance Cards for the needy in rural Vietnam ( read more about it below ). Please visit our GoFundMe page to support this very worthwhile project. Share via Facebook to help spread the word and make our first Vietnam project a great success. Vivienne Armstrong has also put an article about our project up on the Australian Rotary Health District 9820 page so please visit, like and share. Browse through the Facebook page and you will find some interesting health articles and some great photos. 


Latitude38 Club Project - Vietnam Health Cards for the Needy

Every year each person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card to obtain free medical treatment and medication.  The cost of this card is VND 700,000 each (about $43 Australian dollars).  For Vietnamese who are very poor, the Vietnamese Government will subsidise between 70-90% of the cost of a health card for them, meaning those people only need to pay about $13 Australian dollars instead.  

This doesn’t sound much, but for poverty stricken families in remote and rural areas, the issue is how will they find the money to pay for a card for each family member. To afford the card what will families have to do without? 

SAPP (Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients) is an organisation in southern Vietnam who (amongst other welfare programs) generously aims to provide 2000 health cards each year to poor people in five targeted provinces.  This will enable families to not have to worry about how they will cope with illness or disease, and they can confidently send children to school, help the elderly contribute in the community and allow families to work towards improving their situation.

Rotary Club of Latitude38 is working with SAPP to fund some cards, but they need your help too.  The more you donate, the more cards can be distributed and this helps more children be the best they can be. That’s something we should all be doing……

Visit our clubs Go Fund Me page to support our first project in Vietnam.


Latitude38 Club Project - Supplies for ODA in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rotary e-Club Latitude 38 donated the funds for the rice, washing powder, washing up liquid for distribution to ODA. They were very happy and thank the club for their kind donation.



This officially ends meeting No.167. Let me know on our Facebook group what you thought of the meeting material. Serious, leave a comment. It helps to get some feedback on the meeting and also to hear your thoughts and ideas. For club members go to the closed group here Closed Group Facebook page and for non members please leave a comment on our Public Facebook page, like, and share.


If you have an interesting topic, or project to share please contact Pete at pete@showell.com.au

Thank you for joining us, we appreciate your feedback, hope you will return soon and invite a guest.

Pete Showell