Eleven brave souls stood on the scales as the Kinver Rotary Club sponsored slim started with a weigh-in on January 3rd. Three ladies and eight men, ranging in weight from 10 stones 11 lbs to 16 stones 2lbs and totalling 150 stones 8 lbs between them started their six week slim to raise funds for transport to get poorer children from Rohtak in India into education. The weigh-out will be on February 14th, so the slimmers will be able to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly with their Valentine!
Heart of England Rotary
I give below a brief description of Warwick Rotary Club's plans: -
There have been cultural links between Warwickshire and Bo for the last four years, including teacher exchanges, and school project support from Leamington and Warwick Rotarians, led by a Leamington based charity which promotes educational and vocational links. The link between Warwick and Bo is therefore established.
The DEC has launched an appeal for the people affected by the Ebola Crisis
Lichfield Rotary Club have responded to the Rotary national appeal to support aid work addressing the Ebola epidemic in Africa. A cheque to Medecins Sans Frontieres has just been dispatched; and a further commitment to a special event to raise some more funds for MSF is being arranged. Well done fellow Rotarians at Lichfield Rotary Club!
World Polio Day: 24 October 2014
World Polio Day is quickly approaching on October 24th. This is a chance for Rotarians, clubs, and districts across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day. Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary’s work to end polio that week. Community fundraisers on/around World Polio Day are great a way to raise awareness of our cause in the general public. You could take the opportunity to remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio free world- Rotary’s top priority. On World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Manaca School Project
The building work for the Manaca School project described in our June newsletter is now well underway. Photos are on our Facebook posting. For more information, and to find out how you can help us with this project download our information sheet.
Team Triathlon fundraiser
I am President of Roborough Rotary Club (the sponsor of Literacy in a Box) this year and I will be doing the cycling leg of an Olympic distance Team Triathlon on 6th September. Last year's President will be swimming and next years President will be running. We are raising money for Literacy in a Box and Right to Play but the option exists to support just one of these two charities. More details are on our Virgin Money Giving events page.
Help us build on this milestone and eradicate polio worldwide
Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth received an anticipated shot of good news in March when the World Health Organization (WHO) certified its Southeast Asia region as poliofree. The 11-country region is home to more than 1.8 billion people and over 25 percent of the world’s population.
On 1 Apr 2014, a 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the shallow depths near the Chilean coast, 95 km Northwest of Iquique. It was the largest in a sequence of earthquakes in northern Chile that started on 1 Jan 2014. A tsunami alert was issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and later extended to Colombia and Panama; tsunami watches were issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Timely alert messages allowed for the evacuation of close to 1 million people in areas with high tsunami risk on the coast of Chile and Easter Island. Six people were killed, around 2,000 houses near Iquique were damaged, and power and utility network interruptions, minor flooding and landslides affecting roads were reported.
Thanks to the very significant response of Rotary Clubs across RIBI and Scandinavia we were able to send a total of 800 Water-Survival Boxes that were distributed by our partner aid agency Humanity First to displaced families in the Western Visayas area of the Central Philippines. With your help we have since been gradually building our stock ready for ‘the next one’.