SNOWY Mountains Christian School (SMCS) have recently had the pleasure and privilege of a visit from a young man from Vanuatu, Reedy, his mother, Juliet, and Mrs Sandra Mahlberg, the district Chair for ROMAC. Reedy was visiting Australia for urgent medical attention through the intervention of Rotary International and Rotary District 9710.
Reedy was born with a condition that caused his bowel to be extremely inefficient. As a result, at the age of 14, Reedy weighed only 27 kilos and was slowly dying. A fortuitous chance meeting between Reedy and a Rotarian, visiting Vanuatu at the time, led to Reedy being offered the medical treatment that he needed through ROMAC, the medical arm of Rotary.
Interact, and their mentor, Mrs Ruth Salzke, invited Reedy to visit the school and give the members of the SMCS Interact Club, Mr John Clarke, Mrs Jeannette Bailey and Margaret Eschari further understanding of the work Rotary does at an international level. His mother, Juliet, spoke to the members of the High School and, as well, enjoyed speaking with the students and teachers over morning tea.
SMCS support the Interact Club as one of the youth arms of Rotary. This Club allows the students to actively learn about community service from the local Rotarians, for whom service is the reason for the Club's existence.