100 Peace Poles – 100 Years of Rotary in SA

100 Peace Poles Project
Rotary Club of Adelaide
Sponsor a Peace Pole to be established in your community
Contact: Rotary Club of Adelaide secretary@adelaiderotary.com.au

I had the pleasure of talking to Heidi Unferdorben, Immediate Past President and Chair Centenary Committee Rotary Club of Adelaide about the Peace Pole Project. She shared the following information about this project

The Peace Pole program had its beginnings in 1955. You can now find Peace Poles in close to 200 countries with more than 250,000 placed around the world. The Rotary Club of Adelaide aims to distribute 100 Peace Poles in recognition of the 100 years of Rotary in South Australia 2023-24.

Peace Poles are set into the earth, with the Universal Peace Message ’May Peace Prevail on Earth’ written on each side in four languages. They symbolise our common wish for a world at peace. They stand as a silent vigil, reminding us to think and act in the spirit of peace.

The Rotary Club of Adelaide is inviting schools, individuals, other Rotary Clubs, community organisations and businesses in South Australia to join together and help spread the message of peace across our state and throughout the world by sponsoring a Peace Pole. Each pole will be delivered complete to you and will be numbered from 1 to 100. You can choose where it will go in your local community.

You, your Rotary Club, school, business or community organisation can be a part of the growing peace movement in South Australia and support this idea.
Email:     Heidi Unferdorben  Chair
Centenary Committee



The following Radio podcast Curtesy ABC Adelaide 891

Playgrounds for Mongolian kids, now “Off the Heap”

Rotarians Jack and Jill Reddin (Murray Bridge) were invited by their son Troy in August 2022 to join him on a tour of Mongolia where he had been working for the last 15 years, designing the underground part of the world’s biggest copper/gold deposit. Part of that tour was being shown over the Veloo Foundation’s kinder/childminding centre on the outskirts of the capital Ulaanbaatar, Cheval Veloo also working in the same mine.

The idea of the facility, totally funded by the Veloos and their fundraising, stemmed from Julie Veloo when she saw lots of very young children scavenging with their parents on the massive rubbish dump (known locally as “the Heap”) for food, fuel and maybe something to sell. These scavengers are a sub population in Mongolia who are dirt poor. And to put their kids’ situation in some perspective, winter in Mongolia lasts 6 months where the day temperatures never rise above zero.
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If you missed this recent informative radio interview from 88.7 Adelaide’s Coast FM with CEO from ShelterBox Australia.
Rotary are proud to be partnered with ShelterBox Australia and this partnership, with Rotary’s local connections, enables helping people in real times of need – these communities can be left with nothing after these major disasters.
Thank you to Rob McLennan 88.7 Adelaide’s Coast FM for the opportunity to talk about this amazing partnership project with your listeners and thank you to CEO Mike Greenslade ShelterBox Australia for your very informative information.
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Alerts amid Good News

March 21st 2023

Strange rains welcome the new Sultan

With all the traditionally – known characters of December/ January winter rains, almost the entire Region has had a relatively good soaking starting from March 11th. Rain actually continues as of March 20th, now showing signs of waning. For the traditional meteorologists, this was indeed belated winter rains since it fell in soaking patterns even in Eli Da’ar and Kori where thirst had set in as of late January. However, beyond Eli Da’ar on the Eritrean border, the land got a bit of a drizzle but not more. Dallol leaders today report no useful rain and community thirst of 5 sub-districts bordering Tigray – from the Afar side, there is no road access to these people and, according to their district head, people are going up to 100 kilometers (2 days’ walking) with camels to collect water.

On the other side, for the traditional Afar who flocked to the previous capital and historic town of Assaita to join the celebrations, the rains were God’s welcome for the 15th Sultan of Awsa as inaugurated on March 13th following the death of his older brother, Hanfare some 3 years ago. The Awsa Sultanate while being historically recent compared to that in Djibouti and in Eritrea, holds traditional and religious sway for the majority of the Afar population in Ethiopia.


Thus dignitaries from Sultanates of Tadjoura in Djibouti and Rahayto in Eritrea attended along with embassy representatives, UN authorities and Ethiopian government representatives.

Talking enthusiastically on the need for brotherly unity and peace condemning the recent conflict as pointless, the essential place for education in the society leading to a healthy, productive society, the Sultan went on to say that traditions followed in the past that actually harm people, particularly girls and women should be stopped. The good traditions, he said, should be upheld and enabled, binding the community to cohesive development.

Then speaking of the bad habit of chewing Kaat, the Sultan thoroughly denounced this as in every way destructive. Indeed, he delighted his audience including APDA, and, as is planned to hold a further discussion with the senior clan leadership after the fasting month of Ramadan, the organization is encouraged to invite him to chair it. In January, discussion had reached to an overall clan agreement that ancient traditions and practices could and should be reviewed in light of the current era and that clan leadership should direct communities to productive, peaceful lives.


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