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Climate change is a humanitarian crisis
The environment has become Rotary’s seventh area of focus at a time when the world’s infrastructure is crumbling. We see the images of horrendous disasters, such as flooding and drought, but what is the reality? Lucy Carr from ShelterBox, Rotary’s project partners in disaster relief, tells about life on the front line.
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.
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.
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.
Ian Riseley: “Climate change is one of the significant challenges facing the world today”
Australian Ian Riseley was President of Rotary International from 2017/18. He stated how protecting the environment and curbing climate change were essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Here Ian reflects on Rotary’s role at the forefront of environmental change.
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.
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.
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.
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