August/September 2017

Highlights from August/September 2017

Martin Bell - Back on the front line

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

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.


A President with 2020 vision

A President with 2020 Vision

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s new President, Denis Spiller, is on a mission.

The man charged with guiding Rotary in these isles over the next 12 months talks to Dave King about his determined to break down a few barriers and reconfigure public perception with the goal of pushing membership through the 50,000 barrier by 2020.


The heart of the matter

The Heart of the Matter

For any parent, being told your child has a life-threatening condition which is likely to be terminal is devastating. Fortunately in the UK, access to the support of medical professionals in this situation is usually fast and relatively local in most cases.

However, it is a very different story for parents and children in many countries across the world.

Congenital Heart Disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to nine in every 1,000 babies born in the UK. Meet one Rotarian who is helping children around the world to battle this deadly disease.


From Hoddesdon to the HimalayasFrom Hoddesdon to the Himalayas

Hoddesdon Rotarians are on a high – literally – after returning from an amazing service project in the Himalayas.

The Hoddesdon to Himalayas Project was the culmination of two years’ preparation with youngsters from two Hertfordshire schools working in an earthquake-ravaged village in Nepal before making a trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp.

 


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