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‘These people have suffered enough’ - ShelterBox team arrives in Turkey as tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are caught in limbo

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-02-08 01:00

UK agency ShelterBox is on the Turkey / Syria border responding to a humanitarian stand-off. Up to 70,000 Syrians have fled increased violence around Aleppo trying to enter Turkey's Kilis region, only to find the border closed despite EU appeals to let them cross.

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Raise your heartrate, raise some cash - the UK’s big-hearted disaster relief agency ShelterBox is launching its greatest challenge season ever

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-01-29 01:00

The Cornwall-based charity backed by famous action heroes and endurance sportsmen -  Sir Ben Ainslie, James Cracknell OBE, Ben Fogle, the Harlequins rugby team – is now planning its biggest-ever series of challenge fundraising events from April to October

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Champions of Change Awards

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-04-25 20:44

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will present the first ever Rotary Champions of Change Awards at a prestigious ceremony in June. In recognition of the tremendous work done by Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland, the Secretary of State for Scotland has made the facilities of the Scotland Office, Dover House in Whitehall, available for the event on June 25th.

From nominations put forward by the Rotary district governors, 12 Rotarians will be selected to attend the event, along with their local MP.

In a world competing for volunteers and volunteer hours, it is more important than ever to recognise unsung heroes. Rotarians work tirelessly to champion change, do good and enhance lives by their initiatives. There are many who do just that — the quiet ones, the industrious ones and the imaginative ones — many of whom until now have gone unrecognised.

The categories for nomination are:
Domestic
For outstanding volunteer work, primarily focused on addressing humanitarian concerns within Great Britain and Ireland.

International
For outstanding volunteer work primarily focused on addressing international humanitarian challenges outside Great Britain and Ireland.

Nominations close on Thursday May 22, after which the selection panel will identify the final recipients who will be invited to Dover House to receive their awards.

RIBI President Nan McCreadie said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise Rotarians who give their time and talents to help communities at a time when they need it most. Rotarians come from all walks of life, they are men and women who want to make a difference.”

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Champions of Change Awards

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:12

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will present the first ever Rotary Champions of Change Awards at a ...

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Young Chefs head for final

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:31

Budding young chefs are turning up the heat in Dundee on Saturday 26 April as the national final gets underway in the RIBI Young Chef competition. The competition is held in association with Filippo Berio, the UK’s leading olive oil brand.

The final eight contestants, who are each sponsored by Rotary clubs in their local area, have beaten thousands of others from schools and colleges all over Great Britain and Ireland to reach the final. The young cooking enthusiasts aged between 14 and 17 years old, will each prepare a healthy three course meal for two people in two hours, within a budget of £15 at Dundee and Angus College, Dundee.

The contestants have been on a long journey to the grand final but it is worth it for the experience and a chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the prestigious Toscana Saporita cookery school in Tuscany, courtesy of Filippo Berio.

RIBI President Nan McCreadie, who will be attending the final said: “This competition produces outstanding quality dishes and I do not envy the judges task of picking one winner. I hope that the competition encourages more young people to eat well, grow up with a love of good healthy food and give them the desire to learn more cooking skills.”

This year’s judges are Walter Zanre, Managing Director, Filippo Berio UK, Valentine Warner, Food Writer and Broadcaster, Christopher Basten, National Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and Jordon Powell, winner of last year’s RIBI Young Chef competition.

The Young Chef finalists are:
Anthony Sparks       Rotary Club of Golders Green
Cliona McCarthy      Rotary Club of Navan
Lora Blackett           Rotary Club of Skegness
Maireed Melvin        Rotary Club of Dunfermline Carnegie
Mathew Thomas      Rotary Club of Northwich
Olivia Pearce           Rotary Club of Bideford
Roxanne Ryan         Rotary Club of Cirencester
Tom Hamblet           Rotary Club of Horsham

 

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Young Chefs head for final

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:46

Budding young chefs are turning up the heat in Dundee on Saturday 26 April as the national final get...

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A conference for education

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:15

Over 1,500 Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland attended the 89th RIBI Annual Conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Speakers included Alison Wallace, CEO of ShelterBox, Major General Martin Rutledge of The Soldiers’ Charity, Lord Digby Jones, Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon and special guest, Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was accompanied by Sarah Brown, who spoke about the United Nations project which aims to provide education for 55 million children around the world by 2015. Malala’s prime interest in life is education and she is a leading campaigner for education for girls in her home country of Pakistan. Malala was interviewed live on stage by Sarah and received a standing ovation.

The conference was marked by a display of survival boxes by the charity ShelterBox in Centenary Square, which enabled members of the public to see how the money they donate to disasters such as the recent typhoon in the Philippines is spent. ITV Central news covered the story with an interview by Rotary General Secretary, Amanda Watkin.

Other speakers included newscaster, Charlene White, former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell, the broadcaster Dallas Campbell and Jane Walker MBE.

 

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A conference for education

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:52

Over 1,500 Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland attended the 89th RIBI Annual Conference at...

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Young Citizens live on BBC

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-04-17 19:37

Winners of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Citizen Awards attended the International Convention Centre in Birmingham to receive their awards at the 89th RIBI Annual Conference.

Live coverage of the ceremony, hosted by the BBC’s Konnie Huq and Ellie Crisell, was broadcast on the BBC News Channel. The recipients of the awards - which celebrate the positive things that young people do to help others - also received a donation of £500 each to spend on their project.

The winners were Bethany Eason from the Wirral, who campaigns on behalf of deaf people, Davis College from Ireland, who have created a missing persons campaign, Eastlands Primary School from Rugby, who have made a film about cyber bullying, Harvey Parry from London, who has won multiple gold medals in disability sport and Lucy Daldy from Essex, who runs a charity to help victims of sexual abuse.

Nan McCreadie, President of RIBI said: “The achievements of these youngsters are an inspiration to us all. I am very proud of them and wish them all the very best in the future.”

 

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Young Citizens live on BBC

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:15

Winners of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Citizen Awards atten...

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Young Citizen 2014 winners

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:46

Rotary is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ir...

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UK Flood Appeal

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-04-10 11:27

As severe flooding continues to affect many areas of the UK, RIBI is re-launching its UK Flood ...

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Appeal for unwanted hearing aids

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-09 18:25

Rotarian Paul Wood of the Rotary Club of Birmingham has collected over 21,000 redundant hearing aids to help children in developing countries who suffer from impaired hearing. As digital hearing aids replace analogue versions, Paul has been collecting the unwanted devices to give children in third world countries such as India the chance to hear for the first time.

The old hearing aids cannot be recycled in the UK, but there is a high demand for them in third world countries. Paul has been working with audiology centres in Warwick, Solihull and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to collect the vital equipment that can change so many lives.

Following the success of his collections in 2013, Paul is looking for people and organisations across the country to get involved to help reach his target for 2014. He commented: “We’re thrilled with the efforts of our local audiology centres as well as individual donations and we hope to take the collection nationwide.

“As digital hearing aids replace analogue versions, many people in the UK find themselves with these spare devices lying forgotten in their homes while only one in 40 people in the developing world who need a hearing aid has access to one.

“Imagine the look on a child’s face when they are supplied with a hearing device and can hear for the first time in their life. It makes all the effort worthwhile. In addition to unwanted hearing aids, we are also looking for a range of audiology equipment from hospitals such as batteries, otoscopes and audiometers.”

To arrange to donate equipment please email Paul Wood.

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Appeal for unwanted hearing aids

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:02

Rotarian Paul Wood of the Rotary Club of Birmingham has collected over 21,000 redundant hearing aid...

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Mock disaster relief zone in Birmingham

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:10

Members of the public will be able to see what it is like to experience a humanitarian crisis w...

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Mock disaster relief zone in Birmingham

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-08 18:29

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 18:09

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 19:20

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 10:56

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 10:03

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

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