- A number of Oberon residents, principally Oberon Rotarians, were recently recognized by the Australian Government for their aid work as part of Rotary teams helping out in Vanuatu.
- The Australian Government has recognized the contribution of Beryl Gibbons, Terry Gibbons, and Brenda Lyon by presenting them with a Certificate that
“expresses its gratitude for a valued contribution towards assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development” – signed by the local Federal member (Peter Andren), the then Minister for Foreign affairs, Alexander Downer, and the then Prime Minister, John Howard.
- For the past three years the FAIM team leader has been Oberon Rotarian Beryl Gibbons, and she has been accompanied by husband Terry Gibbons (every year), Brenda Lyon (two years), and others – both local residents and Rotarians from throughout NSW. The teams pay for their own air fares, but are hosted when in Vanuatu (generally at the resort owned and operated by ex Oberon Rotarians, Ron and Anne Hartland). In 2007 the team included Paul Jones of the Warialda Rotary Club, and his wife, Anne.
- The main activities have involved repairs and maintenance to Lenakel hospital on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, and the provision of paper, pencils and books to some schools and pre-schools on Tanna Island and Pentecost Island.
- While it sounds a nice break, the team members are pretty busy, with particular emphasis on maintaining, and rebuilding if necessary, the Lenakel hospital on Tanna Island. This improves the operation and hygiene of the hospital.
- Vanuatu is a poor nation and education is highly valued. The lack of basic school materials like paper, pencils or books severely limits the success of schooling. Oberon Rotary has provided funds for these supplies so that young children can get a start reading and writing.
- Congratulations to the recipients of these awards, and the others, who have donated their time, money and expertise to help out the people of a country far less fortunate than our own.