Christmas bonus for humanitarians
THREE local women's humanitarian efforts were recognised at Ethos's Christmas party, where Bendigo Bank presented the three special guests with a cheque for $500 for each of their charities.
"$500 is much more than just $500," said Vari Galletly on receiving the donation.
Ms Galletly, Pam Harrison and Sue Tuck's humanitarian work stretches from the Himalayas to Zimbabwe.
Ms Galletly runs Nyumba ya Furaha - The House of Happiness - in Tanzania, a home for orphans where they can receive quality nutrition, education and health care.
"It's amazing to see how much the children have changed. When I first met them they could only speak Masai, now they can speak Swahili and English," Ms Galletly said.
"Education is very important to the children. They want to learn. Education determines what is going to happen to them in the future."
Ms Harrison is part of the Aid for Africa Down Under nprogram, where she has been volunteering her time for 12 years.
"I've been over to Zimbabwe seven times now. We also support Liarhanzo Children's Village, which translates to the Little Village of Love," she said.
Ms Harrison said three of the children from AFADU had already been through university and one student was currently studying. This is what makes Ms Harrison's work so rewarding.
Ms Tuck and her husband run Himalayan Health and Hearing. She arrived back from Nepal last week and has visited the region four times this year.
"Himalayan Health and Hearing is about the prevention and treatment of hearing loss. We service remote villages that do not have access or information about proper ear care," she said.
"We all do it for the people. The gratitude for something so simple is overwhelming."