Rotarian, Alison Marshall was on a private trip to the Philippines when she decided to attend a local Rotary club meeting in Makarti which was the Rotary Club of Manila, District 3180.
 
On the night she was there, the club was arranging a working bee as part of an ongoing project to protect the mangroves along the coastal area of Alaminos, Pangasinan. The mangroves are important for protecting marine life and people.
 
For marine life, mangrove forests serve as valuable nursery areas for fish and crustaceans as well as a sanctuary for threatened and endangered species. For people, mangroves protect the shorelines from damaging storms and floods, and they provide renewable resources such as timber and plant products that can be used as raw material for construction and other commercial uses.
 
Alison joined the working bee, which was an all-day affair.  While she said everyone worked very hard, they all enjoyed being able to help in the upkeep of the natural environment.
 
As a result of Alison’s visit to the area, her club, The Rotary Club of Geelong East, has contributed $500.00 toward the project. Alison is personally adding to the club contribution.
 
Rotary Club of Geelong East - working internationally