Rotarian hits the highway to drive out mental health stigma

Photograph: John and Uncle Jack take a break to pose for the camera. Rotarian car enthusiast, John Macartney, has just completed the ultimate road trip. This summer, John and a lovingly restored 1973 Triumph Stag, trekked across America and Canada, covering more than 15,000 miles through 31 US states and 6 Canadian provinces. Relying on Read more >

Southampton Rotarian setting sail for world record

Photo: Geoff Holt surveys the great blue sea on board the stunning catamaran, Impossible Dream. It’s a voyage like no other. Hamble Valley Rotarian and experienced sailor, Geoff Holt, is setting sail across the Atlantic Ocean on 10th December in an epic 2,700 mile journey. What makes his month long adventure more incredible is that Read more >

Guardian article – The final push to end polio in India

Rotarians Steve Martin and Pam Joyce helping immunise children on the streets of Lucknow. Photograph: Jean-Marc Giboux. Article by Sarah Boseley, Health Editor, The Guardian. In a school courtyard in Lucknow on a dusty Sunday afternoon, the final push in a heroic campaign to drive a crippling disease from the planet is under way. Among Read more >

The Guardian and BBC feature Polio Immunisation Day

The Health Editor of The Guardian, Sarah Bosely, recently flew out to Lucknow, India, with a party of 86 RIBI Rotarians taking part in a National Immunisation Day, as reported in RIBI News 19/11/09, to see for herself Rotary’s immense input into the polio eradication programme and the many challenges being faced. Sarah’s report has Read more >

Clubs launch appeal for flood victims

The Rotary Clubs in Cockermouth and Keswick have launched their own appeal for flood victims. They say many residents are unable to get flood insurance following the 2005 floods and have set up an emergency fund to help. "The area flooded in Keswick is the area that flooded before, so we know there are a Read more >

Rotarians bring African hospital back to life

Photo: A member of staff admires in the newly refurbished operating theatre which previously had no lighting or equipment. A team of 24 determined people, made up of Rotarians and volunteers, has just finished an emotionally exhausting but inspiring mercy trip to Tanzania in Africa where, thanks to their efforts, hundreds more mothers and new-born Read more >

Leicestershire disabled athletes have winning formula

Photo: We are the champions.Leicestershire celebrate their sporting success. Leicestershire led the way in Coventry at the finals of the 28th Rotary Disabled Sports Team Championships . Over 250 sports people with physical and learning disabilities competed in the finals which were hosted at the Xcel Leisure Centre. Leicestershire, winners of last year’s contest, were Read more >

Rotary club members fight polio in India

Photo: Polio vaccination gathering. Volunteers will also go door to door in remote communities with the medication. Dedicated Rotary club members from across Great Britain & Ireland are flying to India to take part in November’s National Immunisation Day  – when millions of children will be protected from the crippling and paralysing polio disease, as Read more >

Bradford Peace Conference hailed a success

Photo: Peace Scholars enjoy meeting eachother at dinner. International peace experts met in Bradford University in October to talk about how a unique Rotary scheme is helping to promote world understanding and reduce conflict. Rotary’s Bradford Peace Conference took place at the John Stanley Bell Theatre on the campus to promote the work Rotary is Read more >

Rapid response by Rotarians saves Sumatran lives

Just eight days after the earthquake devastated West Sumatra, 200 Water Survival Boxes arrived in Padang and were handed out to needy families. This incredible response by Rotarians here in Great Britain and Ireland meant the action team, which was already in the disaster zone, could get to work saving lives. The team was set Read more >

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