A huge thank you to our President Robert for organising for Melbourne Town Hall to be ablaze in red lighting to highlight "End Polio Now Day" 24 October 2018. This proved to be highly successful in showcasing Melbourne Rotary too. 1,000 "Likes" on Facebook in 24 hours!
The attached update from Disaster Aid Australia identifies the many Projects Rotary International and our Club are supporting around the world. Read on as to how you can "Make a Difference" by supporting Rotary International. Disaster_Aid_Australia_News_Updates_Spring_2017.pdf
Rotary Donations in Kind Store (DIK) Footscray. This Rotary created warehouse is a hub for collecting goods donated in bulk such as hospital beds and equipment, and school desks for charitable purposes. Rotary volunteers support DiK store by helping to sort and load containers for shipment to local and off-shore projects.
For more information on how to become involved, contact the club office.
The inaugural Rotary International Zone 8 "Humanitarian of the Year Award" has been announced and we are thrilled to announce that Rotary Club of Melbourne's Ruth Carlos Martinez is this year's Awardee nominated for her tireless work in the Philippines on a multiple of Water and Sanitation Projects. DG Bronwyn Stephens (L) and PDG Julie Mason (R).
“With end to polio in sight, vaccination gets creative”. Could the world be about to eradicate polio? Only 17 cases were diagnosed in 2016 and they were all in two countries with the last hard-to-reach corners: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The public health groups trying to put the squeeze on polio have started to get more creative in their last push. The latest: Turning Vaccination into a Circus.
Typhoon Mangkhut, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ompong, was a strong typhoon which struck the Northern Philippines islands on 14 September 2018 with disastrous flooding. Thanks to Bob Glindemann, Ruth Carlos Martinez and Members, a call to action was undertaken successfully.
Chris Wang and his team are continuing to raise interest and support from our Club for the "Give Every Child a Future" project which will initially immunise 100,000 children in 9 Pacific Countries whilst also being a sustainable ongoing immunisation into the future.
In September 2017, the International PolioPlus Committee provided this latest update on the eradication of Polio:
1. The goal of the PolioPlus program:
The goal of the PolioPlus program is the global certification of polio eradication. By eradication, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Commission on Certification and Rotary mean the interruption of the transmission of all polioviruses.
Rotary is now accepting applications for the world competitive Rotary Peace Fellowships program. The application deadline for submissions through local rotary clubs in District 9800 is to the District Chair, Rob Helme, by April, 2018.
Of recent years, the Rotary Club of Melbourne has followed the Rotary International area of focus strategy of clean water and sanitation as the best means of assistance to people in under resourced communities. This has been with the partnerships, and assistance of financial grants, from District 9800 and the Rotary Foundation.
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