Penang, Malaysia March 23-25, 2012

We would like to formally invite you to the Rose IV Meeting in Penang, Malaysia, hosted by the Penang Rose Charities Association (Rose Charities Malaysia). So far, this meeting is shaping up to be an amazing gathering of both Rose Charities, and other groups the world over. We have delegates representing projects or registered Rose groups from: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, UK, USA and Canada and Guatemala.

Important Attendees:

The ‘Hillman Fund’, a special group inside Rose Charities Canada which sponsors health education projects in Africa, Pakistan, and Cambodia will be attending. Chair of the Hillman Committee, Dr Joanne Young of Vancouver, Annette Borkent of the Safe Motherhood Guatemala Project, Dr Wagma Reshsteen of Primary Health Frontiers, Pakistan, and Dr Wais Aria of The Tabish Social Health Organization, Afghanistan will also be participating.

AMDA International’s senior Emergency Relief Director (Mr Nithiananan) will be attending (AMDA and Rose Charities have worked very closely a number of emergency relief operations and are very close partners). AMDA has huge international emergency humanitarian relief experience, and is one of the foremost NGO’s in this area.

Rose Charities Sri Lanka with its spectrum of multi-sectorial projects, ranging from early childhood care and education, through education for all ages, including college support, micro-credit, sports for peace and vocational training will be represented by co-founder Mr Anthony Richards as well as Dr Yoga Yogendran.

From Rose Charities New Zealand, Mrs Anne George will be representing. Rose New Zealand works closely with the Rose Cambodia Sight Center providing expertise and resources. In 2011, the Sight Centre passed the mark for patients assisted (many with sight restoring operations). Rose NZ also assists eye programs in Nepal and work in NZ itself (Anne Georges specialty) with new immigrant programs. Rose Australia delegates will include Sarah Miller, an expert in Cambodia programs, Rose Austalia’s main focus.

Rose Charities Malaysia will be very well represented by Mr. Lawrence Cheah Chair of the Rose International Council. Rose Charities Malaysia, running out of Penang assists Malaysia’s indigenous people (Orang Asli), help the aged programs and health promotion in Penang.


Dr Andrew MacNab founder of African Hearts and Brighter Smiles, Uganda will be speaking on his work with Health Promoting Schools, and Rachel Green of Rose Charities USA will be speaking on Social Networking.

Joanna Thomson, founder of the Rose Cambodia Rehab Center will be discussing her amazing assistance to the disabled of Cambodia, Mr Louis Lap Nguyen co-founder of Rose Charities Vietnam, the impressive range of Rose Vietnam projects with include sight restoration, income generation and orphanage assistance.

The Conference:

The meetings will work at three levels: a) sector focus groups on specific areas (Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Health Education/Safe birthing etc), round-table discussion for the whole Rose network and a more formal Conference component where persons from Malaysian (and other) NGO’s and interested parties will be invited.

Malaysia’s Penang Island, with its historic UNESCO listed George Town, is a wonderful location for the meeting, most of which will be held in the seaside Tanjung Bunga area at the Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel.


All Rose Charities persons and other linked or interested parties are welcome.

For details, please contact Mrs Sarah Miller (Australia)
or  Ms Judith Peralta (Canada)

** Note: with one or two exceptions where limited assistance has been offered, all attendees are self funding. Conference costs have been kindly born by Rose Charities Malaysia from specifically donated sources. No Rose Charities charitable donation funds have been used for the conference or meeting, unless specifically given by donor(s) for that purpose.