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Rotary magazine covers a wide range of fascinating features, exclusive interviews and inspiring human interest stories from across the world of Rotary.
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All aboard the Rotary Shelter Bus
It is a novel approach addressing the growing problem of homelessness. Get hold of a double decker bus, convert it, and create a mobile shelter. Rodney Howell reports how this Rotary-led project is working in Birmingham. Please note the image above is an artist’s impression of how the finished bus may look.
A blight on society
It is estimated 45.8 million people worldwide are trapped in some form of slavery, with estimates reckoning 14,000 victims are living in the UK. May’s Rotary Conference and Showcase in Nottingham will host a modern slavery symposium. In a series of articles, Dave King looks at this blight on modern society.
Groomed and killed by a predator
Video game lover Breck Bednar was groomed online by a sadistic teenager who lured the 14-year-old to his flat and killed him. According to Breck’s mother, Lorin LaFave, her son’s murder was preventable. As a result, she has launched a charitable trust to protect other children.
Truly remarkable youngsters
Incredible young people from across Great Britain and Ireland were recognised with Rotary Young Citizen Awards, the first-ever Rotary Young Citizen Peacemaker Award and the Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award at the Rotary Conference and Showcase in Nottingham.
The Great Escape
Sir Nicholas Winton was a former club president and, for more than 50 years, a member of Rotary Maidenhead. Eighty years ago, he helped save the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by arranging ‘Kindertransport’ from Prague to England. Sir Nicholas died in 2015 aged 106. Here, his daughter Barbara tells the amazing story of a man affectionately known as the British Oskar Schindler.
Bringing hope to the children of Grenfell
The horrific fire which ravaged Grenfell Tower in 2017 shocked a nation. Dick Nathan, Chair of Trustees for the London Rotary District, describes how Rotary helped rebuild a community in West London, where 72 people lost their lives in the 24-storey block of flats.
A disaster in the Ring of Fire
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is a project which has been nurtured by Rotary Denton & Audenshaw in Greater Manchester. It is a member of the Disaster Aid International Group. Volunteer Matt Gemmell describes what it was like to be among the first on the scene following the devastating tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia last autumn.
A chain reaction
Thames Valley Air Ambulance is a charity which depends entirely on the generosity of the public for funding. The emergency medical provider has received more than £250,000 from the Thames Valley Rotary District, since it started in 1999. This keeps Thames Valley Air Ambulance at the frontline of saving lives, giving patients like Paul Dilley the best chance of survival and recovery.
Happy birthday Parkinson’s UK
This year marks 50 years since the Parkinson’s Disease Society, now Parkinson’s UK, was founded in a one-room office in Putney, London. Since then, the charity has been single-minded in its purpose to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s – a condition which can devastate lives.
The night a witch doctor tried to cure my polio
Mark Esho was disabled with polio from the neck down aged just five-years-old and told he would never walk again. Although he partially recovered, he had to battle against an abusive father, plus discrimination as a black and disabled person. His autobiography, ‘I Can, I Will’, has already received rave reviews.
Marie Curie’s campaign to change the benefit system
Marie Curie, in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association, is campaigning to make it easier for people to access benefits when they are dying. Scott Sinclair, the charity’s Head of Policy & Public Affairs, England, explains how the campaign is working.
Angel of death
In 2016, there were over 32,000 knife crimes recorded in England and Wales. Rotarians Clive and Ben Knowles are spearheading an innovative campaign to combat the problem across the UK and have created a striking sculpture as part of the ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign.
Understanding the value of Peace
A journalist with more than 13 years’ experience covering stories of terror, violence and “trauma journalism”, there came a point when Dhruti Shah was ready to take a step back and deep dive into the world of peace and conflict, which had come to underpin every bit of storytelling she was doing.
Dhruti shares her experiences taking up a Rotary International Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand.
Martin Bell – Back on the frontline
As an experienced former BBC reporter, Martin Bell OBE, has witnessed first-hand death and despair in war-torn countries across the globe. Now, as a Unicef ambassador, he is trying to do something about it. Martin Bell writes for Rotary magazine about what he has seen, and how Rotarians can help.
Tackling mental health head-on
Alison Baum heads the charity Best Beginnings which looks to give children the best start in life. Now, having teamed up with The Royal Foundation as part of their Heads Together campaign, she warns that when it comes to mental health, society is at a tipping point. She tells Dave King why.
Are you ready to join Angela’s Army?
Broadcaster Angela Rippon has become a high-profile dementia campaigner. Now she is championing a new initiative to recruit volunteers who will work alongside nursing staff in hospitals to help patients with the disease. Here she tells Dave King how people can get involved.
Smiles all round courtesy of Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships have been around since 1978 when the founder purchased the first ship Anastasis. In 2007 Africa Mercy followed and is one of four ships operated by the charity worldwide. Africa Mercy is due to return to Madagascar shortly bringing with it the hope of free surgical procedures to some of the world’s most impoverished people.