Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
on May 19, 2015
An adjustment has been made to the District web address.
Previous access was available through - www.clubrunner.ca/9780
Future Access will ONLY be available through - www.rotary9780.org
This will make navigation easier for everyone with more logical links.
For those individuals and clubs who wish to assist Nepal's recovery, a RAWCS Project has been registered by Rotarians in Rotary District 9830 (Tasmania) which has direct links with the Rotary Club of Hetauda, Nepal. That club will direct funds to where they are most needed. The online donation facility can be found here: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=865&ReturnTo=4.
It should be stressed that Rotary is not a first response organisation, that is the realm of Shelterbox, Disaster Aid and other emergency relief agencies like Aquabox. However, Rotary can and will be involved in the medium to long term recovery effort and that is what the RAWCS fundraising will be committed to.
ShelterBox is in talks with several aid agencies and Rotary contacts to see where we can help. A Response Team is heading to Nepal to get a first-hand idea of the scale of the destruction and the level of need. Prepositioned aid, including tents, is located in Nepal that could be used as emergency clinics as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath.
Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: "One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure."
Here is the link to the Shelterbox online donation site: https://app.etapestry.com/bbphosted/ShelterBoxAustralia/OnlineDonation.html
This inaugural District Fundraising event, to raise funds in support of Rotary International's End Polio Now Campaign - RIDE THE BELLARINE happened on Sunday April 19 in Geelong. It was the coldest, wettest day of the year and yet so many riders and volunteers turned up to participate.
Whilst counting of the fundraising dollars continues, over $13,500 has been raised so far, & with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who will add $2 for every $1 raised, the Ride the Bellarine Fundraising Ride will contribute over $40,000 to The Rotary Foundation End Polio Now Campaign. Despite the horrible weather, pouring rain & hail at times, the event was a great success, due in large part to our wonderful Geelong Rotary volunteers who stood out in the rain to guide the riders safely around the course, offering encouragement & big smiles
Ride the Bellarine is a fun cycling event, organised by the 15 Geelong & District Rotary Clubs on behalf of our District, to raise funds for Rotary International's End Polio Now Campaign.
Please support the work of Rotary, whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula. Perhaps you could get a group of friends together, or a corporate team from your workplace? Whatever way you do it, just register and join in Ride the Bellarine on April 19 2015. Registrations www.ridethebellarine.com
Recently, the returning Youth Exchange Students were welcomed home, by the District Governor Group, and members of the Youth Exchange Committee.
Students arrived back in January after 12 months away from Chile, Brazil, Japan, Denmark, Finland, France & Switzerland.
Special recognition goes to Wally Walsh & Toni Thiel who have now retired from the District 9780 Youth Exchange Committee after 5 years of dedication to our program.
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Rotary International Convention
Jun 06, 2015 – Jun 10, 2015
Geelong West 60th Anniversary
Jun 10, 2015
Jun 20, 2015 9:00 AM –
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Jun 24, 2015
District Changeover Lunch
Wyndham Resort TorquayJun 28, 2015
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