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Mock disaster relief zone in Birmingham

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:29

Members of the public will be able to see what it is like to experience a humanitarian crisis when Centenary Square in Birmingham is turned into a mock disaster relief zone from 11-13 April. The display has been organised by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI and disaster relief charity ShelterBox, to mark RIBI’s 89th Annual Conference.

Visitors to the zone will see demonstrations of the vital emergency shelters and supplies that are sent to people in countries ravaged by natural disasters.

Amanda Watkin, Secretary at RIBI Headquarters in Alcester said: “Thousands of people donate money to support victims of natural disasters, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines last November. Rotary clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland collected over £2m in the weeks following the disaster, much of which was allocated to survival box projects such as ShelterBox. The emergency aid typically includes specially designed tents, water filtration kits, blankets, solar lighting and cooking utensils.”

In the tented disaster response zone outside the ICC, Rotary club members and volunteers from ShelterBox who have visited disaster areas will be talking about their experiences, whilst members of the King Edwards Five Ways School Interact Club will be demonstrating the contents of the boxes to show how the money raised is being spent.

Amanda continued: “The water filtration equipment in particular is fascinating. We will have live demonstrations to show people how this works and prove how effective it is. Children’s activity packs are also included in ShelterBoxes, to help bring some normality to disaster situations. Emergency aid isn’t just about helping in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, it is a long term commitment. We hope that by setting up this mock disaster relief zone we can educate and inspire more people about the work that Rotary clubs do and get them involved.”

RIBI’s 89th three day annual conference includes a keynote speech from Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who will be talking about the importance of education in the developing world.

 

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Young Citizen 2014 winners

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-01 17:09

Rotary is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Citizen Awards. The winners will receive their awards at the RIBI Annual Conference in Birmingham on Saturday April 12, live on the BBC News Channel at 10.30am.

The awards celebrate the positive citizenship and responsibilities that are shown by many young people. The winners are nominated by Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland and all of them are youngsters who have gone to great lengths to help others, often overcoming adversity themselves. Winners receive a trophy and a donation of £500 to their project. The winners are:

Bethany Eason – nominated by the Rotary Club of Bebington
This 16 year old from the Wirral is deaf and campaigns on behalf of deaf youngsters, fighting cuts to services for deaf children. She currently has a teaching assistant at school to help her which has been vital for her education, but these assistants are under threat from the cuts she says.

 

Davis College – nominated by the Rotary Club of Mallow
These youngsters started a missing persons campaign which has led to the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny declaring Ireland’s first annual National Missing Persons day. They mounted a billboard campaign outside Taoiseach’s Leinster House to get their message across and helped establish a child abduction alert system in Ireland. They recovered the remains of a missing teenager and produced a calendar of photos of missing people, missing person posters and missing person place mats. The campaign is now spreading to London, Europe and China has been backed my Kate McCann, mother of Madeleine.

Eastlands Primary School – nominated by the Rotary Club of Rugby Breakfast
Pupils in year six at this school have made a film called The Anti Social Network about cyber bullying. They wrote the script, a song and acted the roles in the film, which is set in the Old Crown Courts of Warwick. Building on the success of this, they are touring a theatre show around local schools which they have put together called Not Such a Sweet Tweet.

Harvey Parry – nominated by the Rotary Club of Edmonton
Eight year old Harvey lost both his legs and part of his hand due to contracting meningitis as a baby and also had a stroke. Despite this, he has won 19 medals, mostly gold, for Great Britain competing in disability games in America. His parents campaigned with the support of Rotarians for funds to help get Harvey prosthetic legs in America and his Mother Carol, is now setting up a support group to help other children who have missing limbs.

Lucy Daldy – nominated by the Rotary Club of Redbridge
Lucy, 24, lives in Essex and was sexually abused when she was aged just eight years old by a family friend who was subsequently jailed for the offences. She now helps run a charity, Step Up in Dagenham that is helping young victims of sexual abuse and showing families how to recognise signs of abuse such as grooming. Lucy gives talks in schools and runs an outreach programme visiting families.

Nan McCreadie, President of RIBI said: “The achievements of these youngsters are a lesson to us all. They have all earned their RIBI Young Citizen Awards through hard work, selfless actions and by demonstrating that age and adversity need not be obstacles in the pursuit of helping others. I am very proud of all our winners and look forward to hearing about their successes in future.”

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Simple ideas net US$1m

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Mon, 2014-03-31 18:20

The Rotary World’s Greatest Meal and Global Swimarathon projects have been phenomenally successful, raising over US$1m for End Polio Now when matched funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is added.

More than 30,000 people took part in the events, which were organised by over 1,000 Rotary clubs in 50 countries spanning six continents. The World’s Greatest Meal alone raised over US$ 500,000 with 300 fundraising meals taking place around the globe.

Mukesh Malhotra of the Rotary Club of Hounslow said: “These were very simple ideas which came from humble beginnings. With the extraordinary commitment and support of Rotarians all over the world and the use of social media, we have been able to break records, generate worldwide publicity and raise enough money to protect millions of children from polio. A big thank you to everyone who took part.”

Rotary’s next big fundraising push for End Polio Now will be on World Polio Day in October.

 

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Simple ideas net US$1m

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Mon, 2014-03-31 09:56

The Rotary World’s Greatest Meal and Global Swimarathon projects have been phenomenally succes...

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Rotary makes a Big Bang

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-03-28 09:03

Rotarians took a stand for the first time at this year’s Big Bang Fair - the UK’s l...

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South East Asia Polio Free

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-03-27 14:00

Rotary welcomes the announcement by the World Health Organisation today that its South Eas...

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Rotary makes a Big Bang

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-03-25 18:02

Rotarians took a stand for the first time at this year’s Big Bang Fair - the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people – at the NEC, Birmingham. The four day event was attended by around 80,000 people which provided an ideal opportunity to promote Rotary Technology Tournaments and other youth service competitions to as many visitors as possible.

Hundreds visited the Rotary stand to find out more about Rotary Technology Tournaments, which have recently been accredited by the British Science Association to qualify for a CREST Discovery Award. Many were able to get a flavour of a Rotary Technology Tournament by trying out some of the tasks on offer.

Members of the Rotary Youth Service Team were on hand to answer questions about Rotary youth competitions and distributed information packs containing leaflets detailing the Rotary Technology Tournaments, other competitions, RotaKidsInteract , RotaractYouth Exchange and RYLA leadership awards.

Tony Jordan, Chairman of the Rotary Technology Tournament Steering Group said: “The event was a great success in spreading the word about what we offer young people through youth service in our communities. We are hoping that as a result of attending the fair, more youngsters will want to take part in the activities we offer. We are already planning for next year’s event when we will be taking even greater floor space.”

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Further New Year's Honours

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-03-25 16:21

Further to the news of the OBE awarded to Past President Allan O. Jagger, RIBI is delighted to repor...

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New corporate members scheme

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-03-25 15:02

The Rotary Club of Ipswich has launched a new membership scheme to enable business leaders and other organisations who are interested in joining Rotary to become corporate members.

Corporate membership costs £150 per annum and entitles a senior member of an organisation and up to three designees to become members. The senior member or any of the designees can then attend as many meetings as practicable, attend social functions and participate in community and fund raising activities.

Rotarian Roger Girling said: “There are a great number of business leaders and other organisations who we believe would be interested in joining Rotary, but through pressure of work cannot commit sufficient time for total involvement. As a club we have been contacted by many organisations who want to get involved, as it fits in with their ethos of commitment and responsibility within the local community. This is the fundamental reason for us launching our corporate membership scheme.”

Attendees at the launch event at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich were each given an information pack and a welcome letter from the club president.

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President boosts engineering skills

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Mon, 2014-03-24 12:48

Nan McCreadie, President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI), visited...

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New help for young people

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-03-14 15:40

The Rotary Club of Belfast has developed a new unique resource pack, Get Set to be Hired, for young ...

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Literacy in Guatemala

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Mon, 2014-03-10 17:23

The Rotary Club of Kenilworth has returned from a tour of Guatemala where they visited the Guatemala...

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Rotary and the United Nations

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-03-05 15:55

Rotarian Adrian Brewer, of international water charity Roll Out the Barrel and Amanda...

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Spectacles to Senegal

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-02-28 11:34

Members of the Rotary Club of York Ainsty have returned from a visit to Senegal where they provided ...

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Rotarians head to India for final push

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-02-18 15:30

With India expected to be declared polio free next month, forty Rotarians from Great Britain and Ire...

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Sir Tom Finney

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Mon, 2014-02-17 12:03

The Rotary Club of Preston is saddened by the death of its past president and honorary member, the f...

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Rallying round for flood victims

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-02-13 16:33

Rotarians in Dorset have joined forces with their local paper, the Dorset Echo, to raise money for p...

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10,000 teddies collected

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-02-12 14:16

Rotarians in Cumbria and the surrounding area have been busy over the last few months collecting ted...

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Technology Tournament accredited

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-02-05 15:44

Rotary is pleased to announce that the RIBI Technology Tournament competition for young people has b...

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New eye hospital opens

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-01-24 12:45

A new eye hospital funded by Rotarians in England and India has been opened in West Bengal by P...

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