Consultants

PDG Ray Stewart

A charter member of the Rotary eClub of Greater Melbourne, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, and a multi-level Paul Harris Fellow, Ray served Rotary International as District Governor (9820) in 2005-2006.

With a background in accounting, commercial property development and public relations, Ray has been a freelance writer for business for some years.

Ray's administrative skills and experience in Rotarian humanitarian programs together with his extensive Rotary knowledge have been formally recognised by the Board with his appointment as Consultant.

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Board of Directors


Bob Powell FAICD

Chairman

Bob is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and until July 2011 retired after 36 years as Chairman and Director of a number of companies including Credit Union Australia (CUA); CUA Health; Australian National Credit union, Advantage Credit Union, Credicorp Insurances Ltd and Health Professionals Insurance Australia.

Bob is also a Fellow of Australian Mutuals Institute.

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David Langworthy MAICD

Deputy Chairman

David is CEO of Bev Marks Australia, a Victorian furniture retailer named Australian Retailer of the Year 2009 with 12 showrooms and 100 plus staff across Victoria. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a founding Retail partner of the Australian Made Campaign.

David is also Chairman of Disaster Aid International.


Peter Faulkner

Director and Treasurer

Peter is a mechanical engineer having worked both overseas and within Australia.  He was responsible for the set-up and management of a ceramic magnet company in Chennai, India.

Retired, Peter was also co-owner and Director of Bendigo and Northcote Potteries.

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Geoff Brown

Director

Geoff is a Refrigeration Engineer and past Proprietor and Director of Supercold Refrigeration Services Pty Ltd, Brown’s Cheltenham Road Pty Ltd and Aussie Ventures Pty Ltd, all privately listed companies.

Geoff is a member of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills with 43 years of continuous Rotary membership

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John O’Reilly

Executive Director

John O’Reilly is the Founder (since 1979) and Managing Director of Lee St John, a national provider of corporate and promotional apparel for Australian corporate clients.

He is an advisor to the Tibetan Village Project Australia and a great supporter of all things community.

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John Heathcote

Director

Until recently, John was the owner for 30 years of national insurance Company, Consolidated Insurance Agencies Pty Ltd and still remains a licensed insurance broker.

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The Hon. Sam Doumany

Director

Sam joined the Disaster Aid Australia Board in 2010.  He is the past Attorney General of Queensland and today operates a successful consultancy to government and Australia’s largest corporations.

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Brian Crews

Director

Brian has spent his working life in the engineering, construction and chemical industries with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a postgraduate Degree in Administration.

Before retiring he owned a small business distributing chemical products for industry.

He is community minded and involved in various projects assisting his community. His goal is to use his accumulated working life experiences for the benefit of the recipients of Disaster Aid Australia humanitarian aid.

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Brendan.John Rice.

Director

F.A.P.I. ( Fellow Australian Property Institute.)
A.R.E.I. ( Associate Real Institute of Victoria )

Retired Property Valuer and Real Estate Agent.Was the founder and managing Director of Rice Property Consulting a Company that provided Independent Property Advice to many throughout the South-East of Melbourne for approximately the past 40 years.

Inducted into Rotary in 1976.Has been a Member of 3 clubs and am presently a Member of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie.A past President of the Rotary Club of Dandenong Central.A Paul Harris Fellow.

Has been involved continually in Charity work mainly with Windermere Child and Family Services being Chairman for some years.
Received Centenary Medal in recognition of past Community work.

A Father of 3 and Grand Father of 8.

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About Disaster Aid Australia

Disaster Aid Australia began life in 2003 in association with another overseas aid organisation, but went "under its own steam" in 2010.  A project of the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills (D9820 Vic.) it is a member of Disaster Aid International which includes Rotary club partners in Malaysia, UK & Ireland, and the USA.  

Disaster Aid Australia ('DAA') is a company limited by guarantee (ABN 55 129 338 825) and a charitable institution with the usual Australian tax concessions.  It also has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status (Item 1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997) and is an AusAID preferred supplier. We are also registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC.)

DAA has an office in Dandenong in SE Melbourne that was kindly donated by a Rotarian, and is staffed by volunteers when necessary and convenient.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly (or more frequently as necessary), with an Executive Committee meeting on a monthly basis.  As is required under the company's Constitution, no director receives fees or other financial benefits.

What we do … and who we work with

We deliver innovative Australian-based humanitarian aid packages to people in developing countries who have suffered loss following natural or other disasters.  Specifically, we provide families in desperate need with shelter, materials, water and light – and a new start within their communities, with hope and dignity.

We have changed our methods of delivery and methods over the years.  For instance, our volunteer, mostly Rotarian DARTs (Disaster Aid Response Team members), work in affected areas with local people (including Rotary clubs, government agencies and NGOs) establishing what they most need.  

We effectively operate as project managers in disaster relief and rebuilding.  And that often creates employment opportunities too.    

Importantly, DAA does not go in and "tell" people what they need, drop aid packages and then depart.  In the Philippines for example, we quickly learned it was not tents they needed, but what we now call 'home repair kits' that the local people told us were vital … and, highly practical.  

Needs vary in differing countries following differing disaster events.    

And of course water is increasingly an important element.  Up to 10,000 litres a day of clean water can be produced with the Australian-designed SkyHydrant™ system.  

Solar lighting (from Solar-Gem, another Australian innovative product) is also most useful in disaster areas: of itself, but also for safety through the nights.  

Where have we worked helping those in need?

We have worked in Sudan, Haiti, Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines in 2011, and were back in that country in 2013 and 2014, following the earthquake and massive Typhoon, two devastating events that happened close together in 2013.  We stand ready to assist when and where needed.  

More about the aid we deliver

Our basic product is the Family Survival Pack; it provides a family with the 'tools' necessary to rebuild their lives.  

For ease of transport and manoeuvrability, the container has wheels and a handle.  Its capacity is 190 litres, with the lid serving as a carpenter’s workbench.  Inside the box is a range of support items, usually including the Disaster Aid tent.  It is the largest humanitarian aid tent available and meets (or exceeds) Sphere and UN standards.  

The contents vary, depending on the location, but along with the tent (where applicable), typical items can include blankets, water containers, cooking utensils, a stove, pots, pans, children's rucksacks (with books and pencils), mosquito nets and other useful items.

In some instances however, tarpaulins are preferred over tents: that is why our early needs assessments, working with locals on the ground, are vital.

And as we mentioned earlier, we also provide sustainable water and lighting solutions.

What does our aid cost?

It varies, of course, but as a guide, a (tax deductible) donation of $A800 will provide a basic Family Survival Pack.  And that will deliver help to a family in desperate need and often, change their lives after unimaginable loss and suffering.   

Association with other Rotary clubs

We presently have a number of Rotary clubs in Australia who have partnered with us to support and promote our activities, and we welcome enquiries from Rotary clubs who would like to work with us at various levels.

And the future?

We – and that includes our volunteer DARTs – are in this 'for the long haul' and consider the local people in disaster-affected communities to be our greatest resource.  

As our friends at the Filipino Balay Mindanaw Foundation say, "we refuse to be victims: we choose to be resources."

And our mutual aim is that no child in that country will be without ready access to safe drinking water.

You can help us bring hope rebuilding communities … together.

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Disaster Aid Australia is a public company limited by guarantee and holds Deductible Gift Recipient [DGR] status, meaning it is entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and tax deductible contributions.

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