Thirty-three toilet blocks have been built in 16 locations in the Ivory Coast in Africa, with funds from a number of Rotary clubs, including the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning.
The toilets have been built in market places and schools to address the issue of open air defecation.
The Rotary Club of Taree on Manning raised $7000 for the project through its first Centrepoint Dinner Dance in 2016.
That funding was matched by the area's Rotary District and the World Fund of the Rotary Foundation, making a contribution of US$30,500 from their efforts.
"Out of the total project cost of US$165,000 our club (and the Manning community which supported us) was responsible for almost 20 per cent, which means that we effectively funded six of these toilet blocks," said Rotary Club of Taree on Manning's Maurie Stack.
"We were one of 15 clubs (10 from Canada, four from USA and Taree on Manning Australia) supporting the project - so we lifted above our weight.
"This project originated when De and I spent a week with Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua from that part of Africa and about 15 other trainee Rotary District Governors from around the world in Sarasota in January 2015 and convinced our club to support her dream project."
The chair of our Rotary Centrepoint Dinner Dance Committee Jane Mackenzie from Mansfield on the Manning said, "it is truly gratifying that our very first dinner dance has had such a significant long term impact on living standards on the Cote D'Azur. Thank you to everyone who supported us."
The Rotary Club of Taree on Manning is hopeful of holding its next dinner dance as a Christmas in July affair on Saturday July 25, but a final call will be made later in light of the coronavirus.
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