Sitting in his wheelchair on stage at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, his body a legacy to the devastating impact of polio, Paralympian Ade Adepitan reflected: “I cannot believe that, with all the technological advances we have, the human race has only managed to totally eradicate one disease from the world, and that was smallpox.
“Well let’s make polio the next one. And let’s make the total eradication of polio the lasting legacy of Rotarians to the human race.”
Rotary members play a huge role in ShelterBox responding to the world’s disasters.
For one of their most recent deployments in Columbia, ShelterBox were alerted to the crisis by a local Rotarian through Facebook. Within days they had a team on the ground tackling the worst natural disasters in the country’s history.
We spoke to ShelterBox CEO Chris Warham and response volunteer Liz Odell to find out what it’s like being on the front lines in the face of a disaster.
It’s the mantra of all who helped at the Rise Against Hunger meal pack, assembling 14,000 meals in just two hours.
“I joined Rotary hoping to make a difference but had no idea that it would change my world. Meeting and becoming friends with some of the most extraordinarily inspirational people imaginable has been a life changing experience.”