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Australia will rise as a phoenix from the flames
East Gippsland in Victoria was a focal point for the devastating Australian bush fires which have ravaged the tinder dry land since September. Rotarian Janne Speirs, who lives in East Gippsland and is Chair of the Emergency Management Committee for Rotary District 9820, tells her story.
How peace can prosper in a pandemic
The Peace Advocate Project is a charity set up by Scottish Rotarians Jean and Keith Best, from Newton Stewart Rotary, enabling young people to become peace advocates in schools and community groups. Here they tell the story behind what they have achieved in reaching out to youngsters across Great Britain and Ireland.
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.
We kept our promise to rebuild a school from the rubble
When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 11.56 local time on April 25th, 2015, it devastated a whole nation. Michael Fernando from Yeovil Rotary in Somerset tells the story of how his club was at the forefront of a major school rebuilding project.
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.
Thank you Rotarians for helping rebuild Nepal
Rotarian Tirtha Man Shakya is chair of the Earthquake Relief, Rehabilitation and Construction Programme for District 3292 which covers the mountainous regions of Nepal and Bhutan. Here, Tirtha offers an insight into how Nepalese Rotarians worked with the rest of the world in rebuilding his country.
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.
Diversity is part of Rotary’s core values
When incoming Rotary President, Holger Knaack, addressed the International Assembly in San Diego, California, earlier this year, few could have realised how prophetic those words would become three months later. Now in post as President, Knaack reflects on how Rotary can learn from the past to provide meaningful action in the future.
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.
Great organisations are revealed in a crisis
The Rotary-organised togetherTalks’ webinar has been lighting up Tuesday evenings with a range of top flight guests. Here, author and trend forecaster, Michael McQueen, linked up from Sydney to take questions from a global audience. His theme was: ‘How to maintain momentum in tough times’.
Let’s make volunteering relevant to the next generation
It’s hard to ignore, but volunteering touches every part of our daily lives. Karl Wilding, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which has been around in some shape or form for over a century, explains why we need to modernise our approach
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.
From Marlow to Monrovia – all in a bid to end Ebola
The Ebola virus disease is a serious viral infection which originated in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa was the largest and most complex outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. Rotarian Brian Jonson tells the story of how he became involved in trying to make a difference in Liberia.
Rotary can connect the world through e-technology
IT Schools Africa is a UK registered charity founded in 2004. Lucy Pollock, explains about its mission to provide quality education through technology to schoolchildren in Africa, as well as working on community programmes, primarily in Gloucestershire.
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.
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.
We’re making an IMPACT
Rotarian Dr Keith Barnard-Jones is a retired senior partner of a general medical practice on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. He is also passionate about the charity IMPACT. Here he describes the work of the charity, which is focussed on 11 countries in Africa and Asia, improving the health of the population to alleviate poverty.
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.
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.