Putting on the chemical, powerful as it is it was still almost beaten by some of the paint the "artists" had used - they must have got hold of some high quality paint instead of the usual spray paint rubbish. After four goes and with heavy-duty water-blasting the ghost of graffiti past is still visible.
Grace Chiboagui Okaro and Dickson Nwosu from the Rotary Club of Umuahia arrived on Sunday. Rtn Damian and Patrick met them at the airport and drove them back to Newcastle, with Max the Wonder Dog as assistant meeter/greeter. Grace and Dickson are from Rotary District 9140 in Nigeria. Grace opened our meeting for us and enthralled us all with a presentation on Nigeria, its culture, economy and politics. Three more Rotarians from District 9140 will arrive on Thursday to spend time in the Hunter Region before attending the International Convention in Sydney. All the visitors are being hosted by Rotarians in District 9670.
This is a warmly friendly way of getting to know other people. It is a Friendship Exchange so as Hosts we can go to Nigeria as Guests and become immersed in the country and its people - wonderful idea.
The first structure bought with the Orica Community Investment grant arrived. Here's Bill from Toll with Peggy unloading the packages. They came as one big bundle wrapped on a pallet but as there is no forklift at Ash Island Bill broke it down into the components. Stacked, wrapped and ready to be erected.
Just received a text message from Shakila Kader, Secretary of Hunter Simba FC, that the application to the AGL Community Grants we helped them write and submit has been successful. The players will receive education and assistance for a "Nutrition for Sports Fitness" program over the playing season. As many of the players have low incomes and have had socially disrupted backgrounds as refugees they have missed out on family-based learning and the chances to discover good food choices. Now they are living in a place of plenty with a vast range and amount of foods to choose. Hunter Simba FC is ambitious, they aim to give the players good football coaching AND whole-of-life learning and support as they find their feet in a new community. This grant will make a big difference. As a Rotary club we gave some time and expertise. Sharing our Smarts was more important than simply handing over a cheque.