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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 23

Mr GEORGANAS (1:55 PM) —I rise to congratulate the Rotary Club of Holdfast Bay in the electorate of Hindmarsh. Last Saturday, 5 November, I had the pleasure to attend a fundraiser for the Rotary Club. The evening was organised by the committee and the president, Mr John Douglas, of the Holdfast Bay Rotary Club. They were raising funds through an event held all around the world called Night of a Thousand Dinners. The money from funds raised will go towards the eradication of landmines. It is always a pleasure to be involved in doing something useful, and the funds raised on Saturday could not be put towards a more worthwhile cause by the Holdfast Bay Rotary Club.

The effects of landmines on postwar communities cannot be underestimated. Sadly, landmines remain well after the conflict of war has ended, maiming and killing innocent people in peacetime. There are an estimated 110 million landmines across more than 70 countries. Unfortunately, landmines do not distinguish between a cow’s hoof, a soldier’s leg or a small child’s foot. Each year around 20,000 people are killed or injured by landmines and, sadly, a great many of them are children. There are still many heavily mine-affected countries in the world. About 50 per cent of the world’s landmines are currently deployed in 12 countries. Saturday’s event was one of many being held around the world, and each person there has made an important contribution towards efforts to remove landmines and therefore save the lives of many who would otherwise become innocent victims. I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr John Douglas, the president, and all the committee members of the Rotary Club of Holdfast Bay for taking the initiative to raise funds for such an important cause. (Time expired)