MAINTAINING COMPASSION IN A FRACTURED WORLD: 9th Rose Charities International Conference. Vancouver 21-22 April 2018

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Rose Charities 20 year Anniversary Conference on International Community Development:  building  small, sustainable, local projects

Discussions; Workshops; Panels; Presentations…

Keynote speakers:   Ms Morgan Weinberg: Founder ‘Little Footprints, Big Steps’     Peter Robinson. Ex CEO. David Suzuki Foundation and M.E.C. Vancouver

…………..’Maintaining Compassion in a Fractured World’..………………..

Others will include,  Dato’ Lawrence Cheah – Rose International Chair and Social Philanthropist, Dr Andrew Macnab -International Health;  Dr Joanne Young – Hillman Fund; Dr Diana Carter – Cultural Psychiatry, Ms Sarala Adhikari, Jean Lubin,  Dr Nous Sarom, Richard Anthony – community program directors.  Program founders and leader also  from Rose Charities and other programs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas .

Information (doc),        Registration

Rose Charities 2018 International Report (pdf)

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A kind welcome..and discussions

DSC01091A kind welcome extended by Rose International Chair Lawrence Cheah and wife Lily, with other members of Rose Charities in Penang, to visiting Will Grut (Rose International Sec. Gen) at the Northam Food Court.  Excellent discussions over excellent food and drink, relating to Rose social and international programs, including recent humanitarian disasters (Malaysia flooding, Nepal earthquake) and
how Rose Malaysia can be future prepared in a region of the world which has more than its fair share.

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7th Rose Charities International Meeting: all welcome

toucan-longTwice hosted wonderfully in Penang (2008 and 2012), the next 2015 Rose Charities International meeting ill be in Costa Rica, at the PSG-Rose Project base of San Gerado Community at the foot of Mount Chirripo, the second highest peak in Central America, and situated next to one of of the countries most amazing national parks.   See   www.sangeradocostarica.com 

Focus areas will be womens health, microcredit and social enterprise, and education.

Rose members, supporters or anyone just interested welcome. Come and join us !

Dates: 8th-10th March 2015.

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A busy 2014 !

Events for 2014
4D/3N Trip to ROSE Shelter in Bandung!

Date: 23rd to 26th Sept 2014
Activity: Visiting ROSE Shelter

ROSE Charities Malaysia will be visiting Bandung Rose Shelter in West Java, Indonesia. Provisions and assistance will be provided….

Members, Volunteers & Friends are invited. For more details, kindly contact: Mr. Lawrence (C/P: 012 4882419)

Cost: Ground arrangement (RM650) including airport transfers, hill resort hotel accommodation, all meals, sightseeing and self-funded shopping spree!

Flight Options:
MAS RM650 (Penang -> KL -> Jakarta & return) or
Air Asia RM950 (Penang -> KL -> Bandung & return)

 

Visiting Orang Asli Camp

Date: Sunday, 12th October 2014
Activity: Health Screening at Orang Asli Camp
ROSE Charities Malaysia partner with Lions Club to carry out regular bi-annually Health Screening event at the camp in Tapah,Perak. Families will also be receiving Provisions and Clothing, besides Food and Beverages provided.

 

Festive Celebration! ( Deepavali aka Festival of Lights)

Date: Sunday 19th October 2014
Activity: Children’s Day Out

ROSE Charities Malaysia will be inviting 200 underprivileged children to a Fun-fill gathering to celebrate Deepavali, including games and other activities and goodies!
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Seniors’ Day Out (International Day for the Elderly):

Date: Monday, 3rd Nov 2014
Activity: A day Trip up Penang Hill

In conjunction with International Day for the Elderly, Rose Charities Malaysia will be hosting 500 Seniors on a half day trip to experience a Ride on new Penang Hill Blue Funicular Train (1st generation was the wooden train and 2nd generation was red-and-white train)

Guests of Honor including The Governor of Penang and his consort, The Chief Minister and spouse will be among other State VIPs attending the event.
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Children’s Day Party ( Universal Children’s Day)

Date: Sunday, 7th Dec 2014
Activity: Grand Party @ Penang Sports Club

ROSE Charities Malaysia will be celebrating Universal Children’s Day together with 1000 children from various Charitable Homes.
Children are the Future of Nation and the Citizens of Tomorrow!

 

Members Yet?

No problem, Volunteers or Friends of Members/Volunteers are all Welcome!

If you are interested in any of the above event, Please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:

rosecharities.malaysia@gmail.com

gimsanlee168@gmail.com

lawrence2419@gmail.com
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Social Enterprise Conference: Rose Vl Conference: Sri Lanka 24 – 26 2014

rose-sri-conference-2014a The community of Kalmunai, one of the worst sites of the 2004 tsunami, was left with little hope. But what a difference 10 years can make!
Come see for yourself a real Rose Charities success story, and share the lessons that make Rose projects work.
Kalmunai is ready to welcome and thank you for breathing life back into their community.

10 Reasons You Need to be There:

1. Learn personally from Rose Sri Lanka how to create the cash flow your own project needs to sustain itself.
Micro Credit Workshops are planned to show you & your organisation how to structure similar success: Kalmunai now supports 3000 family home based businesses, a project that started with only $5000

2. Witness where your money & energy has impacted other lives: see a community that has flourished.
See how only 100 people (including yourself) have changed the lives of thousands forever through a plan of self sufficiency. Their children will now be sharing the next generation with yours.

3. Celebrate with the Kalmunai community as it honours Rose Charities,  its contributors & volunteers.
It is a special day to pay tribute to those who have turned this community around. It is a reunion, a homecoming that will include local dignitaries & entertainment.

4. Connect at the Rose International Conference:  align with other international Rose projects.
Exchange your project ideas (optometry, medical) that Kalmunai could benefit from, streamline resources & celebrate successes.
5. Get real: take a reality check from life’s stresses and plug into a community that really means ‘community’.
Homestay with a local family or be invited to a meal with one. Visit a local family store or school that is sustained by Rose support. Why not bring your own family?

6. Participate in the experience as this event is documented for posterity.
Canadian media productions who were here 10 years ago, are returning to film the week’s events, demonstrating the lasting impact of Rose Charities in Sri Lanka for the world to see.

7. Investigate social & business investment opportunities in an emerging economy.
Be introduced to charity, social investing like micro credit, business or real estate prospects in the region. Tourism is the fastest growing sector. Medical practices that support the community.

8. Capture firsthand how  a multi- cultural multi-religious community functions in harmony, despite all the conflicts of war, social unrest and natural disasters.
Meet graduates of Rose’s University scholarship programs, families who have benefited from Rose micro-credit home-based businesses, and kids involved in inter-school Sports for Peace & pre-school programs.

9. Adventure into exotic cultural extremes that range from subsidence living to tea plantations, jungle elephant tours, 5 star beach hotels and beaches.
Organised guided nature & wildlife tours. Social cricket game: Rose Expats v Rose Sri Lanka 🙂 Traditional dance, music & hospitality in diverse cultures & landscapes.

10. Share in the company of like-minded people who have touched a community at a real grassroots level.
Meet the volunteer doctors & nurses & teachers, the donors (corporate & private), the local Rose team, the beneficiaries, media, community leaders who all helped create this success. Share your story over dinner.

See with your own eyes the people whose lives and destinies have been positively changed by the efforts of Rose Charities and your donations.
The road to Kalmunai is testimony to how lasting change can occur, a pilgrimage to sustainability.

sri-conference-2014bIn a town that recognizes Rose Charities & Canada as its saving grace at its time of need, there will be no place on this planet that you will be welcomed more.
Limited Packages available from as little as $2500CDN* including economy flight (from Vancouver), shared accommodation, Rose Conference, community tours, guest celebrations connections, meals and workshops.
*not including connecting accommodation, nature excursions, 4star accommodation & meal options visas, health & travel insurance, spending money

Contact Rose Canada for details and ways we can assist you get you in getting there.
The journey begins here.
More details to follow….
See you in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka
Lawrence Keenan (Donors & Volunteers),
Erica Krutzen (Media & Vancouver Event),
Will Grut (Rose Int.& Canada)
Yoga Yogendran (BC Investors & Community),
Rajeeshan (Sri Lanka)
c/- Sri Lanka Conference Committee 2014

How often in life do you get to see the lasting impact that you have created from your volunteer efforts or donation?
This is one of those defining moments….

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Help the Philppines Event: Penang. 4th November 2013: Flamingo Resort Hotel. Tanjung Bungah. 10.30am

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Flamingo Resort Hotel in Tanjong Bungah to raise funds for the Philippino victims.

Ms. Betty Chew , wife of the Penang Chief Minister , Mr. Lim Guan Eng , will officiate and launch the Appeal at the
hotel at 10.30 a.m.

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Words from Rose Charities International at end of 2012…

Greetings for these last few days of 2012, and  ‘Salut ‘ to a shiny new ‘Gregorian’ New Year!

 

2012 has been another marvellous year for Rose Charities and its programs around the world.  All Rose groups have seen either consolidation or expansion with increased services being available for the poor.

 

There is a traditional English song that is sung around their festival  of Christmas known as the ‘Twelve Days’ .  On each of the twelve days certain gifts are given. Each verse recounts a further day and a further set of gifts (often described with a gerund ie ‘a leaping’ or ‘a swimming’,  )

 

2012 for Rose Charities has seen  its own cornucopia of gifts so, in festive mood  we would like to present our own Rose  ’12 days of Christmas’ .

 

There is no order of importance in our selection; all are noteworthy.  Almost all of them demonstrate,  apart from their own achievements,   two of the main foundations of Rose Charities..  The first,  defining the   very essence of Rose Charities  is cooperation.  Cooperation and its siblings  ‘coordination’ and ‘friendship’ deliver synergistic energy far greater than the sum of individual efforts.   From its very inception, Rose Charities organizers  have  been aware of this and have always welcomed new friendships.  The results speak for themselves: over 100,000 with eye problems have been assisted,   education programs ranging from primary to tertiary in 5 countries, microcredit, social enterprise and income generation programs in 7 countries.

 

The second  founding principle  that Rose Charities pertains to is that ‘ quality’ is  more important than ‘quantity’.  Strive for, and achieve  the former and the latter will follow.  Far better to really help a few to gain  better lives than to try to eke out resources to show numbers of those being helped.  We see this time and again in Rose, in Dr Hang and Natalia Vra’s  Rose Cambodia Sight Centre,  in The Rose Cambodia Rehabilition Centre, Professor Sarom’s Rehabilitative Surgery (RCRC) in Cambodia, in  Stand Tall Education and Brighter Smiles Uganda, in Malambo Zambia,  in Vietnam, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and in  all of the successful projects and groups in the Rose network .

Here then, presented in festive spirit, and with enormous gratitude to the ‘givers’ are the Rose 12 days of Christmas….

 

THE 12 ROSE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

 1.  ‘A Partridge in-a Pear Tree ’:   Rose Charities Malaysia’s wonderful hosting of the 4th Rose Charities International Meeting in Penang.  Creative, productive, hugely enjoyable,  and a milestone in the progress of the Rose Charities network.  Planned, organized and orchestrated by Rose International Chair Mr Lawrence Cheah (Current Chair  and first Hon. Fellow of Rose Charities International)  Vince Yeoh and the other amazing members of  Rose Charities Malaysia  www.myrosecharity.org  .  Also, Rose Charities Malaysia’s exceptional projects in health delivery for the disadvantaged aboriginal people of Malaysia as well as helping the aged, and a surgical eye project (in cooperation with St Nicholas Home Penang)  www.sny.org.my  and  city-based health promotion.

 

2. ‘Two Turtle Doves ’ Rose Charities Cambodia ( Sight Centre) and Rose Charities New Zealand.  These two exemplary organizations work very closely together.  This results in a truly amazing project which continues deliver eye care and  eye surgery for well over 100,000 people since its inception. Rose NZ,  mostly through the tireless energy of Mike Webber (Rose Laureate 2009) has delivered equipment (including vehicles), funds, (for training new eye surgeons), guidance, expertise and advice. Drs Hang Vra (Rose Laureate 2007) and Natalia Vra and their team have , built, promoted and implemented programs both at the Kien Khleang Centre and  now, through outreach,  into the larger community .   www.rose-charities.org    and   www.rose-eye.info

3. ‘Three French Hens ’ :  The Rose Canada  Safe  Motherhood initiative (Hillman Fund, Safe Motherhood Guatemala, Frontier Primary Health Pakistan, Tabish Social Health Afghanistan  www.tsheo.com.af  ) 2012 saw the inauguration of a safe birthing committee, chaired by midwifery consultant Janice Wensley , to help coordinate plans and funding for the Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Pakistan safe birthing projects. Leading this group are Annette Borkent and Dr. Ruth Brighouse ‘of Safe Motherhood Guatemala ’   www.safemotherhoodproject.org  . In Afghanistan, coordination is with Dr Wais Aria of the Tabish Social Health Organization.   Afghanistan sadly sees one of the highest maternal childbirth mortalities in the world, a mother dying every two minutes in or around childbirth.

4. ‘Four Calling Birds’:   Rose Charities Vietnam   www.rosevietnam.org  and its programs continued their expansion in scope, organization and effectiveness in 2012 orchestrated both locally by Mr Nguyen , (Rose Laureate 2010)  and his Vietnam team, notably Ms Thuc,  Louis Nguyen and Jan and Bill Johnston in Canada and USA.  Support for the blind (home building and training) in Hue and community income generation in Thanh Thien by reestablishment of their paper flower cottage-industry were main targets in central Vietnam while, in Ho Ch Minh City support for the Be Tho orphanage, assisted by grants through Rose Charities UK   www.rosecharities.org.uk   from the Oliver Bonas group enabled vaccination and health programs as well as food purchase for the children. Rose Charities Vietnam never ceases to amaze with its energy and creativity in program development.

5. ‘Five Gold Rings ’  2012 saw the Uganda programs  consolidate and expand in addition to new linkages and connections coming into being.  The ’12 Days of Christmas’ song  mentions ‘five gold rings’ and the Rose network has these ! Foremost as always were the amazing Stand Tall Education www.standtalleducation.org  and  Brighter Smiles  www.brightersmilesafrica.ca  programs  with their schools, assistance to orphans, social income and health projects.  The enormous amount of assistance those projects give to children in need cannot be over-stated.  The work of the Volset  Orphanage continued and the Hillman Fund  www.hmef.info  supported  a number of students in health training and coordinated also with the Laura Case Trust UK  www.thelauracasetrust.org . The strong links with the  Heada organization were consolidated, in coordination with Stand Tall, for the training of health workers specialising in sexually transmitted diseases. It is impossible in these few short lines to properly describe the impact of all the many project components in Uganda but they are considerable, and so much of this has been constructed and orchestrated by the tireless work of Nicole Schouela and Dr Andrew Macnab (Rose Laureate 2012)  and their teams both in Uganda  and Canada.   However  on 7tth 9th March 2013 the Uganda groups will host the 5th Rose Charities International Conference ‘ Excellence in Education’  in Kampala www.rosecharities.org    where proper focus on the groundbreaking work of the Uganda organizations in the Rose network will be given appropriate attention.

6. ‘Six Geese-a-laying’:   The Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (RCRC)  www.roserehab.org  coordinating with Rose Charities Australia www.rosecharities.org.au   has developed  into a well managed and hugely valuable project for the disabled of Cambodia.  RCRC was founded by Joanna Thomson (Rose Laureate 2011 and Rose Charities Australia trustee) who created, with her team, one of the most effective rehabilitation facilities in Cambodia today.   Physiotherapy and other rehabilitation  therapies are much needed in Cambodia and RCRC integrates the services available (including rehabilitation surgery from Dr Nous Sarom’s (Rose Laureate 2008)  ‘Operation First’ program.  RCRC also coordinates with the Cambodia Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) which is assisted by Rose Canada’s Hillman Fund  www.hmef.info  in their advanced physiotherapy training program.

7. ‘Seven Swans-a-swimming’:  Malambo Grassroots Zambia   www.malambograssroots.ca  run a spectrum of wonderful, rurally-based projects ranging from school education, to a health clinic, and women’s income groups in the Monze area of Zambia.  An exciting development of the last few months has been the planning of a joint project in commercial beekeeping with the ‘Bee World’ organization of Surrey B.C. Canada’  www.honeybeecentre.com .  This will provide income and ensure better environmental management within the area. One of Malambo’s main organizers in Canada is  international harpist Heidi Krutzen.  Heidi has been helping Zambias main music school and last year sent a container of donated musical instruments from Canada to the school. Jocelyn Banyard, Malambo’s other main Canadian organizer, travels regularly to work on the project (which was founded by her aunt) as well as organizing fund-raisers and the sourcing of equipment in Canada.  This long running project has helped  hundreds of impoverished adults and children over the many years it has been operating.

‘8. Eight Maids-a-milking’:  Rose Charities Singapore  www.rosesingapore.info   joined the Rose Charities network in early 2012 and is its newest member.  It is also one of its most active, carrying out numerous local initiatives ranging from orphanage support to assisting old folks homes. Almost every weekend a social project is undertaken in Singapore organized by founder Christina Leong and her team.  In addition to the local projects, Rose Charities Singapore has been enormously helpful in international initiatives, specifically in collecting funds and materials for emergency relief – such as in the Thai flood disaster,  and also in supplying used laptops to the Rose Charities Uganda project(s) . 

9. ‘Nine Ladies dancing’ :   Madagascar  and Guatemala  are a long way apart geographically,  but  they are linked by two marvellous school support  projects.  Guatemala’s  ‘The Mayan Project’   www.themayanproject.org  founded by Dr Ellen Coburn, has run a school for many years for children in one of the most deprived rural areas of Guatemala.  Rose Charities Madagascar provides a similar amazing service with the ‘Mahatsara School project’  for children in a very poor area of Madagascar.  In addition the Mahatsara project extends into other areas such as agriculture, health education , a nutrition program, a sports and parents association.

10. ‘Ten Lords-a-leaping’ :  Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains one of the most active in the Rose Charities network .  Led by Director Anthony Richard, and now assisted by Mr Rajeeshan,  the project has seen a spectrum of initiatives ranging from health, to education (all ages), community development, sports for peace and a microcredit programme.  This last area has been developed only through the dedicated assistance of Mr Lawrence Keenan, founder of the CSLI institute in Vancouver, whose unwavering support has been unparalleled.  Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains a huge source of pride for the Rose network – its deliverance of  initiatives to thousands  in need, and its fortitude in problem-solving are exemplary.

11. Eleven Pipesr -piping :  Rose Charities Canada’s  Haiti program has again underlined our belief that true emergency relief efforts should be long term, and not short ‘high media profile’ programs.

After initial medical/surgical relief, work has concentrated on much needed pediatric nursing training.  Missions focus on training teachers. Orchestrated by a  Rose team of Vancouver  nurses and nurse educators – principally Prof Karen Schafer, Linda Warner, Terri Lubin,  and other volunteer nurse trainers from B.C. Children’s Hospital and other Vancouver hospitals, the program has steadily continued its specialized training program.

12. Drummers drumming:  And the 12th day goes to one of the most important groups in Rose Charities network –  its ‘silent heros’.  These people manage the infrastructure and raise funds throughout the network  .  These ‘drummers’ drum steadily away in the background, largely unnoticed, but critical to keeping the Rose network alive.  Foremost of these are the Chartered Accountants,  Eric Vanderluit   www.vanderluit.com   of Rose Canada,  Jane Midgley   www.midgleys.co.nz  of Rose NZ and  Barbara Reade of Rose Charities UK  www.rosecharities.org.uk   .   Penny Kendal  (lawyer) of Rose Australia  www.rosecharities.org.au  carries out similar work for Rose Australia.  All four  donate services which would otherwise represent thousands of dollars in fees but without which proper compliance could not be made. Also in this group are those who time and again help with organizing fundraisers. The list is too large, but most of us know who they are in their own national groups and their work is hugely appreciated work.   Rose Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, USA, Australia, Canada and UK  all continue to hold fund-raising events. These events have included photographic shows, quiz-nights, dance, art and music events, dinners, street-hockey,  sale-stalls, sponsored walks, cycles and runs, dinners,  and others, all put together with hours of effort, dedication and determination.  Other supporters too – from Spain, Portugal, and France, have contributed in different and varied ways. And there are others: financial control organizers,  web-site designers (Canada’s Angela Forsyth manages a family with two children under 2 and puts together e-newsletters as well as maintaining and servicing many of the Rose websites),   Helpers with  administration work include  Judith Peralta who also does her own fund-raising events.   Malaysia sees Vince Yeoh and Lawrence Cheah (Rose International Chair),  Singapore: Christina Leong, Dickson Ho, Jessica Toh and many others.  In France,:Sumiko Berat:  Portugal: Hans and Carri Jorgensen: Spain: David Waterman: USA: Rachel Greene and Jason Rosenstock: Madagascar: Dr Emma Noble, and Luke King and Ashlee King:  Vietnam: Jan and Bill Johnston and Louis Nguyn:   Zambia, Uganda, Guatemala,  and those in our close partners, AMDA Canada.   The list simply goes on and on… and on. !    Thank you;  its you heroes that make Rose work !

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A month ago we received an unexpected email from the wonderful Canadian singer and songwriter Jessica Blake   www.jessicablakemusic.com  .  Jessica had written an amazing song ‘the More I see’   following her visit to S.E. Asisa.  She wrote to say that she was dedicating the use of the song to the work of Rose Charities.   It is a beautiful song with thoughtful, profound lyrics and we were very touched at her  spontaneous  gesture.  Jessicas gift is both a wonderful end to a great 2012 but also a fantastic beginning to 2013, now (at time of writing) only 24 hours away.

On the 7th-9th March, Rose Charities will be holding its fifth international conference in Kampala. This year the theme will be  ‘Excellence in Education’ and this theme is one which will also be the focus for the  year of 2013.  Lack of  education is the cause of  so many of  the terrible problems and suffering in the world today.  Rose Charities schools , education sponsorships, and training programs span all levels from eye surgery to early childhood (ECCE) and continue to expand.  The importance of such programs cannot be overestimated.

 

We wish you all a 2013 of happiness,  peace and  creativity.

Sarah Miller  & William Grut   (Secretaries General, Rose Charities International ) . 31stDecember 2012

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Rose Charities celebrates International Women’s Day !

Rose Charities Celebrates International Womens Day.. !


Sri Lanka:   Young Women’s Clubs –  8 villages,   Girls sports programs ,  Women’s University Scholarship Program,  Women’s Livelihood Groups (Women’s Support and Women’s Vocational Training.     www.rosesrilanka.info

Pakistan:   Frontier Primary Health Care support of  Traditional Birth Attendant training program   www.hmef.info

Cambodia: ‘Access for All’  program for disabled womens education, support and vocational training   http://rosecambodia.org

Afghanistan:  Tabish-Rose Charities Training Women’s Health and Computer training program’s  www.hmef.info

Guatemala:  Safe Motherhood women’s birth attendant and women’s health programs   www.safemotherhoodproject.org

Zambia:  Womens income generation programs   http://malambograssroots.ca

Haiti:  Women’s neonatal nursing training  www.rosehaiti.info

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World Birth aid pack
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We also wish to laud the women’s programs Rose  has been privileged to have supported, partnered  or planned with, in the past (and perhaps the future too!)  including  the Lumbini Program for training of Women Village Eye Screeners  www.lei.org.np and the remarkable  ‘WBDI’ Organization in Samoa,  www.womeninbusiness.ws the One in Three Women Organization (Seattle)  www.oneinthreewomen.com and  World Birth Aid (Seattle)  www.worldbirthaid.org

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Haiti Cholera Relief 2010.
Dr Amy Osborne

The organizers of Rose Charities also pay tribute and gratitude to the professional women volunteers (nurses, physicians, counselors, logisticians etc) who have contributed over 50% of involvement, organization and sustainability of emergency relief and ‘post-relief’ operations Rose Charities and close partners AMDA have played over the years.  Their magnificent work has helped tens of thousands of victims in many parts of the globe.

Hurricane Katrina 2005
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2004 Asian Tsunami Sri Lanka
R.N.Mary Spencer
Japan Eathquake/Tsunami 2011
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Rose Charities International Meeting: Penang 2012: Update

The Rose IV Meeting in Penang, Malaysia (22nd to 25th March 2012), and hosted by the Penang Rose Charities Association (Rose Charities Malaysia)  is shaping up to be an amazing gathering of both Rose Charities , and other people the world over.
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Delegates representing projects or registered Rose groups from,  Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, UK, USA and Canada and Guatemala  will be attending.
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The ‘Hillman Fund’, a special group inside Rose Charities Canada which sponsors health education projects in Africa, Pakistan, and Cambodia will have a big presence including chair of the Hillman Committee, Dr Joanne Young of Vancouver,  Annette Borkent of the Safe Motherhood Guatemala Project, Dr Wagma Reshsteen of Primary Health Frontiers, Pakistan, and Dr Wais Aria of  The Tabish Social Health Organization, Afghanistan.
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Dr Andrew MacNab (B.C’s Childrens Hospital)  founder of African Hearts and Brighter Smiles, Uganda will be speaking on his work with Health Promoting Schools, and Rachel Green of Rose Charities USA on the topical area of Social Networking.
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AMDA International’s senior Emergency Relief Director (Mr Nithiananan) will be attending (AMDA and Rose Charities have worked very closely a number of  emergency relief operations and are very close partners) . AMDA has huge international emergency humanitarian relief experience, and is one of the foremost NGO’s in this area.
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Joanna Thomson, founder of the Rose Cambodia Rehab Center will be discussing her amazing assistance to the disabled of Cambodia,  Mr Louis Lap Nguyen co-founder of Rose Charities Vietnam,  the impressive range of Rose Vietnam projects with include sight restoration, income generation and orphanage assistance
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Rose Charities Sri Lanka with its spectrum of multi-sectorial projects, ranging from early childhood care and education, through education for all ages, including college support, micro-credit, sports for peace and vocational training will be represented by co-founder Mr Anthony Richards as well as Dr Yoga Yogendran.
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From Rose Charities New Zealand, Mrs Anne George will be representing. Rose New Zealand works closely with the Rose Cambodia Sight Center providing expertise and resources. In 2011 the Sight Centre passed the mark for patients assisted (many with sight restoring operations). Rose NZ also assists eye programs in Nepal and work in NZ itself (Anne Georges specialty) with new immigrant program(s).  Rose Australia delegates will include Sarah Miller, an expert in Cambodia programs, Rose Austalia’s main focus.
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Rose Charities Malaysia, the hosts will be very well represented, not least by Mr  Lawrence Cheah Chair of the Rose International Council.  Rose Charities Malaysia, running out of Penang assists Malaysias indigenous people (Orang Asli), help the aged programs and helth promotion in Penang.
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The meetings will work at three levels.  a) sector focus groups on specific areas (Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka,  and Health Education/Safe birthing etc ) , round-table discussion for the whole Rose network and a more formal Conference component where persons from Malaysian (and other) NGO’s and interested parties will be invited.
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Malaysia’s Penang Island, with its historic UNESCO listed George Town, is a wonderful location for the meeting, most of which will be held in the seaside Tanjung Bunga area at the Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel.
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All Rose Charities persons and other linked or interested parties are welcome.
For details, please contact Mrs Sarah Miller (Australia)    sarah@rosecharities.org.au
or  Ms  Judith Peralta (Canada)     jbperalta@hotmail.com
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** Note: with one or two exceptions where limited assistance has been offered, all attendees are self funding.  Conference costs have been kindly born by Rose Charities Malaysia from specifically donated sources.  No Rose Charities charitable donation funds have been used for the conference or meeting, unless specifically given by donor(s) for that purpose.
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Thai flood help update…

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Regarding the Thai Flood Aid Appeal, we have managed to send 20 cartons of quaker OATS ( each weighing 25 kgs), buscuits , etc to Bangkok via St.John Ambulance Co-ordinating Centre in :Penang . They will send by road to Hatyai where the Thai military trucks will take delivery of the goods to Bangkok for distribution to the flood victims….
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Another big shipment of buscuits and other food products will be sent next week to Helpage International in Bangkok …..will advise further in due course….
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Donate a bread, save a life: Thai flood appeal

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Joint eye clinic program with St Nicholas Home, Penang

Rose Charities Malaysia and St Nicholas Home are shortly to open joint eye clinic services in Penang. St Nicholas Home is a distinguished charity establishment with a long history of aid to the poor of the area.  Rose Charities has several eye programs, internationally through its organizations in Cambodia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Canada.  In Cambodia, Rose Charities has treated over 100,000 patients with eye problems in its Phnom Penh Sight Centre

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Rose Charities Malaysia, Singapore, HelpAge Thailand and Thai Elderly Association cooperating to bring relief elderly caught up in Thai floods

Thai floods update:   Rose Charities Malaysia, joining with Rose Charities Singapore, HelpAge, Thailand and the Thai Elderly Association to plan further joint flood relief specifically for the elderly victims of the flood areas.  Mr Lawrence Cheah of Rose Charities Malaysia, and also Rose Charities International Council Chair, has initiated this joint initiative through his networking contacts.

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Rose Charities Singapore and Malayisa Thai flood relief supplies getting through..

Rose Charities Singapore Chair Christina Leong writes.. “Rose Charities Singapore has established a transport link into Thailand. Through a network of volunteers, friends and affiliates, emergency supplies are being purchased in neigbouring countries and transported to the areas in need.

Donations in the past 3 days alone have enabled us to purchase 1000 tins of milk power which will be sent to babies in evacuation centers through local Thai TV station ThaiTV3.

We are now sending out the call for canned food for those stranded at the flooded sites.

For SGD3.00 / RM7.20, the flood victims will get a set of the following items:
1. Cinta Sardine in tomato sauce at RM2.75/425g/can (retail is RM3.25/can)
2. Rex Baked beans in tomato sauce at 1.95/425g/can (retail is RM2.25/can)
3. ‘Xiang Xiang’ brand crackers abt 420gm (similar to Ping Pong brand) RM2.50/pack

Donations are needed to assist program and will be very gratefully received.

As always with Rose Charities, the program is run 100% by unpaid volunteers so every cent donated goes…

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Rose Charities Malaysia and Singapore combine to spearhead Thai flood relief effort..

Thailand has been suffering the worst flooding in living memory. Over 300 people have died and thousands are homeless.  Around a third of the entire country has been affected.  In some areas food, especially for babies and the elderly with special needs is scarce. Rose Charities relief efforts have been spearheaded by the newly formed Rose Charities Singapore but in conjunction with Rose Charities Malaysia.

Other Rose Charities organizations worldwide  are supporting through their efforts. Emergency supplies are being donated and purchased both through contacts on the ground in Thailand as well as in those neigbouring countries, and transported to the areas in need.

Donations are needed to assist program and will be very gratefully received. As always with Rose Charities , the program is volunteer run so every cent donated will go to work in the disaster area for those in need. To donate, please see the donation pages of the various Rose Charities organization websites (for framework of the Rose network and Rose sites in other countries (click) ).

Alternatively, please see the donation page on this site

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Big welcome to Rose Charities Singapore ! (and their wonderful help for Baby Jeven)

Rose Charities Singapore (Lawrence and Mme Cheah on right)

A Rose Charities Singapore has now been formed, assisted by Mr Lawrence Cheah and others.  The whole Rose Charities network extends a warm welcome to our new organization !

Rose Charities Singapore has immediately sprung into action by helping raise funds for Baby Jeven who desperately needs a complex cardiac operation  this October.

Baby Jeven and mother
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Helping Baby Jeven

Please help Baby Jeven

Rose Charities Malaysia lead by Mr Lawrence Cheah are pulling out all strings to help raise funds for Baby Jevans complex heart operation this October. Please help if you can

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15th Annual MyDance, MyChristmas Ballet Fundraiser

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Hon Patron of Rose Charities Malaysia marries in Copenhagen

 Hon Patron of Rose Charities Malaysia (Penang), Mr Martin Bek-Neilsen and Tine Madsen married in August, this summer (2011) in Holmens Kirke in beautiful Copenhagen 

All in Rose Charities extend all congratulations to Tine and Martin, and wish them a lifetime of happiness

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Mid-Summer Charity Concert: 10th September 2011

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Rose Charities Penang kindly host Bill Johnston (Rose Charities Canada and Vietnam)..Bill thanks everyone..

Mr Bill Johnston was the previous Consul General for Canada in Ho Chi Minh City.  Jan and Bill Johnston were co-founders (with Mr Louis Lap Nguyen) of Rose Charities Vietnam. Bill is a director on the Rose Charities Canada board.  In  March 2011 Bill visited Mr and Mrs Lawrence Cheah, Chair of Rose Charities Penang, and was very kindly entertained with a wonderful steamboat meal in a Chinese Restaurant. The clip below captures some of Bill Johnstons speech of appreciation…

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Upcoming events and programs…

George Town, Penang, from Penang Hill

Grand Charity Concert: On 12 sept.2011 , Rose will organise a grand charity concert under the theme ” Mid Autumn Festival ” celebrations at the State Auditorium. An organising committee chaired by Mr Lawrence Cheah (Hon Chair of Rose Charities Malaysia)  has been set up to plan and organise the big musical event. The Governor of Penang and his consort, the Chief minister of Penang and state VIPS will be among a capacity crowd of 1,200 invited guests at the 2 hour variety musical performance. The concert will feature cultural dances from various groups in penang, musical singing groups,ballet dances,a 120 strong chinese orchestra, etc…Proceeds from the concert will be donated to various needy organisations and the proposed setting up of an eye clinic under ROSE. The festival is organised by ROSE with the endorsement from the Penang state government , the penang arts council , and various cultural bodies in penang .

Rose Charities International Meeting: March 2012:   For the  2012 ROSE Conference here , an organising committee is being set up to plan and organise the 4-day international confeerence .from 15 to 18 March 2012 at the Paradise Sandy Resort Hotel . Proposed 4 day programme still on planning stage and will be submitted to the board for consideration and approval. .

Upcoming activities: Among the up coming activities and projects will be..

  • 3 day Bukit Mertajam Health EXPO from 22 to 24 July ‘;
  • one-day trip to Pulau Aman for ROSE members on 9th july’
  • 3 day trip to Orang Asli settlement in Cameron Highlands from 9 to 11 oct.2011…Participating groups from the lions clubs,health ministry ,family planning association, Senior citizens grouops and ROSE will  assist in organizing
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Major flu vaccination awareness campaign in Malaysia

Chair of Rose Charities Penang (Malaysia) will be meeting   Health Ministry officials shortly to discuss a major health screening awareness campaign on FLU vaccinations on a  countrywide roadshow with ROSE  Malaysia and Sanofi Pasteur on the  latest drug in the market …Intanza..first intradermal vaccine…  introduced by Sanofi .

Thousands of people will be vaccinated and benefited on this special  health screening community service project during the  roadshow to be  held in major cities and cities throughout the country .

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Mothers Day Line Dance Carnival: 22nd May 2011

Come Sunday 22 may ,over 800 participants mainly women from all ages and walks of life throughout the country will be coming to Penang to celebrate Mother’s Day Line Dance Carnival,organised by Rose Malaysia at PranginMall ShoppingComplex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. non-stop dancing carnival.

There will lots of free goodies for participants,lucky draws,dutch auctions to raise money for the Sendai ,Japan earthquake and tsunami victims..etc during the carnival.

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New Office Up and Running

The new Rose Charities Penang Office in Jalan Utama is up and running and proving to be a great boon to Rose Charities projects management.

Training session

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Plans Underway For 2011 Programes.

Health Posters

An exciting series of activities are planned for 2011 which will  include:

  1. Health screening for orang asli settlement in Simpang Pulai, Perak.
  2. Health expo .
  3. Colon Cancer screening.
  4. Health awareness campaign and talks on flu and breast cancer.
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Visit from Sec General and Rose Charities Canada members

January 28th saw a visit from Mr and Mrs Johnaton (former Consul General for Canada to Vietnam) and Dr William Grut Sec General of Rose Charities International.  Rose Charities Malaysia welcomed and entertained them with meetings, lunches and a steamboat dinner. Plans were discussed for the 2012 International Meeting, which is being considered for Penang

Picture shows Bill with two members of Rose Charities Penang

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Congatulations Martin and Tine !

Congratulations to Hon Patron of Rose Charities Malaysia Martin Bek Nielsen and Tine, on their engagment !

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EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2010

1. A three day health screening and Expo will be held at the Bukit Mertajam shopping hall .We hope to screen over 2,000 people free of charge for those living in the area of Butterworth from 23th to 25th July 2010.

WE are working closely with the ministry of health and the Family Development and Population Ministry of the federal government .The government will provide and sponsor all the free testing for the public. We will provide the man power and organize the event during the 3 day screening .

2. Come Sept 17/18/19 2010 ,ROSE together with Lions clubs from Perak, the SeniorCitizens groups and the federal health ministry will visit the orang asli settlement in Kampar, Perak to provide food ,beverages and free health tests to the 250 families.

3. A one day Motherhood’s Health forum will be held at Wawasan Open University campus here in Penang, together with Rose.The university is focusing on women’s professionals and the general public on various topics and issues affecting women

4. On 27th& 28th November 2010 at Penang ‘s International Sports Arena, a two day International Health Expo will be held to showcase various health products ,equipments, free health screenings etc.. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend for the free health screenings with assistance from the health ministry, health care providers and state government. The event organized by ROSE and fully sponsored and endorsed by the State government.

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Aid to Pakistan

A relief worker from Rose Charities International partner ‘Frontier Primary Health Care’ (FPHC) in N.W. Pakistan applies a dressing to the hand of an injured flood victim. FPHC is working day and night in almost impossible conditions to assist tens of thousands of homeless, sick and injured persons in the region.

Rose Charities is assisting by raising and sending funds for medical supplies, food and clothing.  Although not primarily an emergency relief organization,  Rose Charities seeks to assist wherever it can, and certainly where it has partner organization(s) already working in the region.  In addition, Rose Charities Canada has close links with AMDA Canada, part of the large emergency relief AMDA network.

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