The National, Thursday, May 5, 2011
By RIGGO NANGAN
ROTARY International northern district governor-elect Carolyn Krueger has vowed to push on with the “Rotary against malaria” campaign in Papua New Guinea when she takes office in July.
Krueger made her intentions known in Lae last weekend after arriving with six Rotarians from the Australian northern district on the first leg of a familiarisation trip since being elected earlier this year.
Her trip here was to motivate local Rotary Club presidents to do better for their communities and look for priority programmes she could undertake.
Krueger said among other projects Rotary had been focusing on like water supply projects, books for schools and supply of water tanks, “the focus will be the fight against malaria”.
Krueger said 56 20-foot containers filled with mosquito nets would arrive in the country soon to be distributed to local communities.
“The fight against malaria is a huge project here and while I am the governor of the northern district, which PNG is a part of, I would like to see this project through and it would be satisfying to see it end with positive results,” she said.
The Rotary northern district includes a small part of Queensland, Brisbane, Giympey and Kingaroy in Australia, PNG, Solomon Islands and Nauru.
PNG has 11 Rotary clubs, the Solomon Islands has two and Nauru one.
There are more than 2,000 members in the district.
Krueger and her team will return to Australia this week and return to check on projects and the organisation’s sixth Black Tie Ball on July 23.