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Five storey development approved for Morris St corner
Labor pledges funding for palliative care centre
Another five-storey development submitted
Two shops heritage-nominated on development site
Community workshop on climate change
Draft plan may be re-released with maps
Ombudsman present to explain bills
CWA branch supports appeal for siblings group
Cakes and biscuits wanted for Bays Fair
Ettalong is entered in Tidy Towns competition
Different responses to Morris St development decision
Council considers urban tree strategy
Is this familiar?
Committee challenges candidates on dredging policy
Labor promise wouldn't build half a carpark, says Wicks
Grants to lifesaving club
PCYC receives $2000 for equipment
Funding for Pearl Beach lagoon
Lifeline shop gets a revamp
Brigade holds recruitment evening
Meals on Wheels holds open day
Rotarian enjoys first day back at school
Former church volunteer charged with sexual assault
Annual meeting
Sausages at community day
Council changes water restriction trigger point
Skate competition at Umina
Valentine's event at club
Children visit retirement village for Valentine's Day
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Developers should not be able to change regulations
Bus service needed for children and shoppers
Congratulations on good eyesight
Privacy breach with garbage service
How long do we have to wait?
Restore title of Venice of Australia
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Tears fall with palliative care centre announcement
Long-serving staff recognised
Hospital staff donate money to Townsville colleagues
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Pearl Beach resident wins short film competition
History group to release book
Author writes about work-life balance
Early childhood music program launched in Woy Woy
Keneallys to talk about Monserrat series
New arts and crafts market
Risque cabaret for Festival of Women
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College principal signals shift to individual teaching
Students start Grease rehearsals
Recognition for HSIE students
Parent-teacher interviews at Umina
Tennis player takes out championship
Grant for outdoor musical equipment
College establishes one-stop Student Services
SRC members to help in canteen
Swimming carnival held
Parents group prepares for election day
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Umina surf club dominates branch championships
Mixed results for Ettalong Eagles
Lions to hold annual luncheon
Ettalong bowler wins pairs championship
Disability bowler of the year
Lifesaving clubs receive $280,000 in funding
Volunteers wanted for Smiles on Dials
Wolves season had just one loss
Zenden named in Australian Joeys squad

Rotarian enjoys first day back at school

Woy Woy Rotarian Ms Sue O'Neill has enjoyed the first day of the school year at the Divine Mercy Primary School in Buwampa, Uganda.

Divine Mercy is a school championed by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy supported by Rotary Australia World Community Service as a humanitarian project.

The school is a partnership project between Woy Woy Rotary Club, Ugandan Rotary Club Njeru, and the community of Buwampa.

Ms O'Neill is the humanitarian project manager and represents the Rotary Club of Woy Woy as well as Rotary Australia World Community Service.

Ms O'Neill is also the school's primary fundraising officer in Australia and has been involved in every aspect of the Rotary project from its inception in 2017.

Students returned to the school on February 6 for their first full year of schooling and so did Ms O'Neill who made the trip to Uganda to celebrate with the school community on the beginning of a new school year.

"It was wonderful to return to Uganda and Divine Mercy," Ms O'Neill said.

"We don't have an exact figure just yet on our new enrolments but suspect it is an additional 120 students.

"This will give us a student population of around 485.

"First day back at school was organised chaos.

"We had uniform distribution and school fee collection.

"Each child had to bring in five kilograms of maize, two kilograms of beans, a bundle of firewood, a traditional broom and rolls of toilet paper.

"We now have a functioning and registered health centre and clinic at the school.

"It is run by a nurse, clinical officer, lab technician and volunteer doctor.

"It has started well as a self-sustaining facility," Ms O'Neill said.

Ms O'Neill recalled how the project came to be after a visit to Buwampa in 2017.

"I visited the community with a fellow Rotarian who grew up in the area for a medical outreach project.

"The outreach was held at the then primary school which was just three muddy little classrooms," Ms O'Neill said.

As part of the medical outreach, the volunteers built a new classroom to help meet demand for medical services and from there the idea for Divine Mercy was born.

Upon returning to the Peninsula, Ms O'Neill raised the project with her fellow Rotarians.

Ms O'Neill said she was thrilled to see Divine Mercy thriving in 2019.

"The first day of term was fabulous.

"The new school uniforms looked beautiful.

"The new kitchen is functioning well and Theresa, the school cook, now has an assistant.

"All in all it was a very pleasing start to what should be an exciting year at Buwampa," Ms O'Neill said.

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