Joondalup Rotary Club helps Thailand projects

A group of boys at Boystown playing music for Joondalup club president Eliza Bourgault du Coudray.
A group of boys at Boystown playing music for Joondalup club president Eliza Bourgault du Coudray.

FIVE Rotary Club of Joondalup members travelled to Thailand recently to visit projects the club has been involved with.

Rotarians from the Nedlands club joined the trip to Khon Kaen, where they meet members of a sister club, the Rotary Club of Nakhon Khon Kaen International.

That club is collaborating with university professors and doctors to set up a project called Bridging the Silence to give children with hearing disabilities a future without barriers.

The project will require teams of audiologists to travel to community hospitals to screen newborn babies’ hearing and needs funding to buy hearing testing equipment.

Joondalup president Eliza Bourgault du Coudray said the Joondalup and Nedlands clubs teamed up to provide some funds towards a tympanometer.

“The group of Rotarians enjoyed returning to Boystown, a place which currently is home to 34 school-aged boys,” she said.

“These boys come from highly disadvantaged backgrounds – living at Boystown ensures they attend school and eat properly.

“Over the course of their stay at Boystown, they make friends with the other boys and learn many life skills.”

Ms Bourgault du Coudray said it cost $1000 for a boy to stay there for a year, and the Joondalup club had sponsored two boys for the past three years but sponsorship was still sought for many boys.

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