At the Rotary Club of Attadale meeting on Monday, June 11, President Colin McCulloch was delighted to welcome Guest Speaker Yared Wolde as well as a large number of other guests. The Chairman for the evening Kerry Parsons had great pleasure introducing Yared and sharing with the meeting how he and Abby had travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to visit the School of St Yared and were so impressed by Yared and the whole project and wanted to help them achieve their goals.
Kerry put forward the idea to the Club to build a Rotary Charity House which was done. The proceeds were used to obtain a Global Grant which to assist with the re-location, refurbishment and expansion of the school. Yared explained that the school was established in 2009 with the vision of giving the best opportunities to those children who would otherwise not get to school due to extreme poverty, poor health and family circumstance. He spoke about the process used to select the children to attend the school.
The children receive two healthy meals plus a snack at the school each day, as well as school uniforms, essential learning materials and access to extra curricular activities. With education the plan is for these children to grow into self-sufficient young adults and become the future leaders of their community. Through education, they are planning to break the poverty cycle. Previously we have heard about Yared's childhood and his dream to help educate children. He is to be admired for what he has and continues to achieve.
In a wonderful gesture David Lawson, guest at the meeting and who has been helping put up the bat boxes for the Attadale Rotary Club's Microbat Project, generously donated the $300 he received for doing this to the School of St Yared. President Colin McCulloch was delighted to present the cheque to Yared. Also pictured enjoying the evening with Yared were Amanda, Ann-Maree and Terry Huxtable, Craig Parsons & Eileen Pedrotti Parsons, Ciara Pedrotti Parsons with Abigail Joyce Santos Parsons, Elaine Bennett, Marie Finucane, Greg Caldwell and David Lawson, Michael Feeney and Rod and Dorothy Scrutton.