WARRNAMBOOL’S cool spring weather will be a distant memory next week when Ray Hammersley and Don Price are sweating in Vietnam helping improve life in poor rural villages.
For a fortnight they will assist with building work in Thanh Loc as part of an ongoing project organised by Portland business adviser Rodney Stone, who regularly volunteers in Vietnam.
Many commune children do not have the opportunity to attend school and some families live without proper shelter.
The Warrnambool men are members of Kiwanis service club, which has supported Mr Stone’s projects for several years with donations for education scholarships and construction of a water well and houses.
“He has spoken at our club meetings several times and when the opportunity came up for us to go over and help, we put our hands up,” they told The Standard.
“This will be Rod’s second trip to Vietnam this year and we have both been to Asia before on holidays, but not for aid work.
“We’re not sure exactly what type of work we’ll be doing, but we’re ready for the action. It’s in the south, about 45 minutes by plane from Ho Chi Minh City.”
Warrnambool Kiwanis Club will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November.
Members have raised thousands of dollars, mainly through running barbecues and events, to help children.
“Our specific charter is to support kids in need, especially those with serious health and economic issues,” said Mr Hammersley, the club’s treasurer.
“We are the only Kiwanis club in the south-west and male and female members meet twice a month.”