Coogee Bees For Congo


Vera Sistenich, HandUP Congo volunteer and emergency medicine specialist, has another string to her bow.

As a child, Vera spent her summer holidays in Germany where friends of her father kept bees. When she discovered that her Sydney suburb allowed bee keeping, she decided to become a hobby apiarist. Vera keeps a hive on the balcony of her ground floor unit. The money made from selling the harvested honey is donated to Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS – RAWCS supports Australian Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in assisting disadvantaged communities and individuals with humanitarian aid projects. HandUP Congo receives support from RAWCS for the development of quality higher education and medical care in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Université Protestante au Congo and selected educational and medical institutions.

Honey is available for purchase only in NSW (Australia) due to biosecurity laws. Even if you cannot buy the honey, support Congo Emergency Medicine Project by donating to
the project via RAWCS, it is fully tax deductible for those in Australia. This is how:

Go to:

Hit “Click to donate” on the right side.
Type in Project No.: 47
Year Established: 2015-2016
Project name “Building a Healthy Congo”

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