People of Action
When there is a problem, Rotary asks “how can we help?” Rotary clubs across the UK and Ireland have mobilised to support their communities during COVID-19. Head to @RotaryGBI on Twitter and check out our thread of over 100 club projects. Or search #RotaryResponds to see how clubs around the world are rallying to give support.
Snail Mail Sunshine
A day rarely goes by when Queen Elizabeth Interact Club in Darlington aren’t posting something positive on their Twitter account. They are
@QEInteractClub – a must follow! They’ve sent over 1,000 cards to isolated elderly people in their community for their Snail Mail Sunshine project. Amazing!
1000th letter !! @QEInteractClub have delivered their 1000th letter today to people currently isolating. A fantastic effort that continues.#proud @TheAbbeyfield @darlingtoncares @AgeConcernDarlo @careuk @northernecho @BBCTees @VirginRadioUK @DarlRotary @RotaryGBI @QESFC @Rotary pic.twitter.com/Hmllf6onwE
— QE Interact Club (@QEInteractClub) May 5, 2020
The World Health Organization has been at the centre of the coronavirus response, and their Instagram account, @WHO, is full of important tips on staying healthy. From how to prepare food, to being active at home, or supporting a child with autism.
We are better together
During lockdown, Rotary GB&I launched a brand new online series of events called togetherTalks. The online sessions with leading speakers give viewers the chance to interact and engage with guests they wouldn’t ordinarily encounter from the comfort of their own home. Head to our YouTube channel to catch up with the guests so far.
Inspiring young people
2020 has seen another group of inspiring young people win Rotary Young Citizen Awards, all of whom were interviewed live on BBC News! Catch up on those interviews and hear their inspiring stories on our YouTube channel.
The 2.6 Challenge has taken the nation by storm, encouraging you to safely fundraise in weird and wonderful ways to boost the income of the country’s charities. Search #TwoPointSixChallenge on Twitter to see how people have been getting on!
THANK YOU! To everyone who joined CRIS in the #TwoPointSixChallenge it has been great to see you all have fun, be creative and take part! So far we have managed to raise over £10,500 which will all go to support CRIS Cancer Research Projects.
Together we will beat cancer! pic.twitter.com/BcyfACD2wW
— Cris Cancer (@CRISCANCERUK) May 30, 2020
Polio infrastructure tackling COVID-19
Fighting #COVID19 requires worldwide solidarity. Check out the @EndPolioNow Twitter account to see how and why the polio programme is committed to lending its tools, workforce and surveillance network to help countries respond.
#EndPolio has a unique capacity to contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic response, particularly in countries with fragile health systems. Learn how the polio eradication infrastructure can help fight against COVID: https://t.co/pLH1horDbY pic.twitter.com/w7M1wr4NVG
— EndPolioNow (@EndPolioNow) May 19, 2020
The job that all key workers are doing to keep the country moving is exceptional, including those in our hospitals, care homes and other healthcare settings. Tweet #NHSHeroes to show your support for our frontline health workers!
— Eddie Brand (@EddieBrand) May 29, 2020
Over 65,000 viewers worldwide tuned in to the #RotaryResponds Telethon, which raised over $525,000, enough to fund 21 grants toward COVID-19 response efforts. Head to the video section of Rotary International’s Facebook page to catch up and watch highlights from Rotary clubs around the world.
Saluting Captain Tom
You’ll have all seen 100-year-old war veteran’s record breaking fundraising, but you can also give him a follow on Twitter, @CaptainTomMoore, which at the time of writing has over 300,000 followers! He has captured our hearts during lockdown!
— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) May 31, 2020
2020 Convention goes virtual
This year’s Rotary International Convention is going virtual, from 20th – 26th June! Be sure to visit the RI Convention website, riconvention.org or find our more on the Events section of Rotary International’s Facebook page to find out what’s on.
Stay in the loop
As well as the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland social media pages, you can also follow the Rotary Magazine Editor, Dave King, on Twitter and Facebook, where you’ll find loads of content from clubs around the UK and Ireland. Go to @RotaryEditor to give Dave a follow!
— Dave King (@Rotaryeditor) October 16, 2019