Fundraising

November 2015 Vanuatu MSM Member Update

Greetings from MSM

We hope you enjoy the latest Medical Sailing Ministries Update newsletter, featuring the start of the actual building of the freshwater and toilet project in the village of Paunangisu. These are exciting times in what is otherwise a rather quiet part of rural Vanuatu.

Also attached, again primarily for those in Melbourne, is an invitation to a re-run of the widely successful 60s Music Night, that was held back at the start of October.

The first event raise around $2,200, for solar power on the toilet, with over 120 people in attendance.

Given the enthusiastic response to the night and the fact that so many people either wanted to come (but couldn’t) or would like to have brought friends (but didn’t) it was decided to run the night again.

If you can get along on Friday 13th November, we can guarantee a good, fun night !!  For those who sent donations but couldn’t make it last time, the $15 entry-donation is waived if you can get along this time.

Again, thanks so much for your interest, support and encouragement .
Blessings and cheers
Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke
Medical Sailing Ministries
Paunangisu Village Partnership
Vanuatu Dental Care Service

What Aid Where

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October MSM Update and 60’s Music Fundraiser

Greetings from MSM

We hope you enjoy the latest Medical Sailing Ministries Vanuatu Member Update newsletter, containing news (and photos) of the shipping container’s much-anticipated arrival in the village of Paunangisu.

 

The planned public toilet construction will mostly be done by locals in the village, but a work-party will head over to Vanuatu on 18 October, with an intensive timetable hopefully seeing the project completed in 1 month.   Maybe we’re just dream’n, but that’s the plan !!

 

In other news, despite the onset of a severe drought throughout much of Vanuatu, the vegetable seeds sent over soon after Cyclone Pam struck, have started to grow, with harvesting of a range of crops now well underway.

 

For those in Melbourne this week-end and looking for a fun gig on Saturday night (3/10) don’t forget the 60s Music Night, in support of solar power for the Vanuatu toilet’s lights and pump.

A flyer for the 60s Music Night has been attached and is also mentioned in the Member Update.  The night will involve a live DJ playing songs from the 60s, that will actually be performed by a live band on site and in attendance.  Smashing Baby !!  It’s a cafe-style, dress-up, nostalgia event that will also feature 60s adverts, TV shows and news video clips that’ll leave you wanting to watch Forrest Gump again.

Thanks again for your interest, support and encouragement and should you have any questions or comments, or wish to make a donation, please feel free to get back in touch.
Blessings and cheers
Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke
Medical Sailing Ministries
Paunangisu Village Partnership
Vanuatu Dental Care Service

What Aid Where

July 2015 Vanuatu MSM Member Update

Greetings from MSM

Nearly 4 months since Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu and the task of rebuilding – homes, schools, churches, clinics, gardens and lives – continues.

We hope you enjoy the  2015 July Vanuatu MSM Member Update newsletter – full of exciting and worthwhile partnership activities, with the main one at the moment being the construction of a public toilet in the village of Paunangisu; to assist with the establishment of a range of future tourist-based business activities – oh, plus improved hygiene and sanitation in the region.

The acceleration of the above project has really only been made possible through the generous donations of so many in the wake of Cyclone Pam – so as they say in Vanuatu… Tank Yu Tumas !!

In the attached newsletter, please take special note of the call for donated tools – all sorts – and the container-departure deadline of early August.

Thank you again for your interest, support and encouragement and should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get back in touch.

Blessings and cheers

Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke

Medical Sailing Ministries
Vanuatu Dental Care Service
What Aid Where

 

www.msm.org.au
www.whataidwhere.org

 

MSM Member Update – Cyclone Pam One Month On

Greetings from MSM

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly one month since Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu.

And whilst news about Cyclone Pam might be off the front page, on the ground in Vanuatu, so much amazing work continues to be done in what is fast becoming a re-building program.

Thank you to everyone who has offered assistance and we hope you find the latest April 2015 Member Update report of interest.  We’ve also attached a couple of additional disaster reports which give a country-wide perspective – 2015 April 08 OCHA TCPam Report No17 and 2015 April 08 WFP Report.
Please take special note of the Mini-fete coming up this Saturday 18 April.  (2015 April 18 Mini Fete Flyer attached)  A bit hard for those living out of town of course, but maybe promote the event through Facebook, or to your friends and family.  It should be a lot of fun.
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Thank you again and should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get back in touch.
cheers
 
Rob Latimer & Mike Clarke
Medical Sailing Ministries
Vanuatu Dental Care Service
What Aid Where
 

www.msm.org.au

www.whataidwhere.org

Vanuatu Disaster Fund Raiser – Saturday 18 April 2015

Join us for a fun day of good ol’ fashioned fete-based activities this coming Saturday at the North Ringwood Uniting Church, Dickson Cres – behind the North Ringwood shops, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Be early to secure your priceless bargains at the ever-popular White Elephant Stall !!

All funds raised will be used to support the village of Paonangisu (Pow-nan-isu) as they set about the task of rebuilding in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

See you there
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Spit roast lunch, with a definite Vanuatu flavour

Join us for a spit roast lunch, with a definite Vanuatu flavour on Sunday 1st July 12:30 – 3:30pm $25 donation.
Entertainment will be provided by an ensemble of local musicians and a group of Ni-van lads here in Victoria as fruit and vegetable pickers on short-term working visas.
The aim of the event is to both support the Ni-van farm workers and to raise money for education of children and women in Vanuatu
Download details here July 2012 Vanuatu Function Flyer

Was Wanted, A Partner for a Half Share in Chimere

Buy 50% of Chimere Nov 2011 Update – New Partner found!

This is a genuine, private invitation to purchase a ½ share in the yacht Chimere.
For the past 6 years, Andrew and I have jointly owned Chimere and in 2009 and 2010 we used her to provide remote-access transport to volunteer medical teams amongst the islands of Vanuatu; featured on this MSM website.  Changing personal circumstances require Andrew to sell his share and as a result I’m seeking a new partner. Ideally, the buyer will be based in Melbourne, be enthusiastic, easy to get along with, experienced and interested in furthering the work of MSM.
Chimere has proven herself to be a solid, reliable, expedition-ship; she’s in good condition, and well equipped.
For more information contact Robert Latimer or see the ad
See more images of the Chimere
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Vanuatu Celebration

Join us for a time of celebration, thanks and reflection including films and discussion featuring Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) and the work of the Vanuatu Prevention Of Blindness Project

WHEN: Sun 17 October 2010, 4:30–6:30pm

WHERE: North Ringwood Uniting Church,
4 Dickson Crs, North Ringwood, Vic. Aus.

COST: Gold coin donation in support of MSM

INFO: Contact Robert Latimer

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SOIRÉE at Melba Conservatory of Music

45 York St, Richmond

Sunday March 21st, 2:00pm – 5:00pm     ($45/hd)

Join us for a delightful afternoon featuring a programme  of exciting young performers (Including our very own Matt & James  Latimer)

Supporting Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) and their  work in transporting medical and surgical services amongst the remote  islands of Vanuatu.  MSM is a humanitarian venture built around showing  love and compassion to those in need.

Contact:  Robert Latimer or  Mike Clarke

Walk4iCare

Graeme Duke, a member of the Medical Team and a Medical Sailing Ministries crew member, undertook a fund raising bush-walk ‘Walk4iCare’ for the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Project during May-August 2009.

Graeme raised over $3,000 for Medical Sailing Ministries and The Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness Project. A fantastic effort!!!

To achieve this Graeme to walked 120km from Portland to Nelson (along the ‘Great South West Walk’ carrying all his gear with him, during the week May 4 – 10, 2009. The walk will follow the inland section of the Great South West Walk along the Glenelg River.

The walk coincided with Chimere’s voyage from Sydney to Vanuatu, which commenced on May 2nd.

To follow the happenings of the Walk4iCare and Graeme’s amazing achievement see Walk4iCare web page.

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