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Interact Club of Hugh Boyd - 2014 Grand Prize Winner

"Our best day in Interact" - Here at Hugh Boyd Interact our goal is to spread change day by day.



Rotary’s past International PolioPlus Committee chair Bob Scott honored Bill Gates in Ottawa, Canada on February 25 for supporting global polio eradication efforts.


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Rotary Great Britain & Ireland Celebrates Rotary’s 110th Birthday

Celebrities, business, civic and community leaders were out in force on Monday to celebrate Rotary’s 110th birthday, while helping to raise funds for the isolated elderly across Hampshire and Dorset.

Over 350 guests, including honorary Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow Dame Esther Rantzen and Olympic diver Pete Waterfield, attended Rotary’s glamorous Red Carpet Gala screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ film The Second Best Marigold Hotel, which was held at the University of Southampton.

Guests were greeted at the venue by colourful tuk tuks, before being treated to a champagne reception with entertainment from traditional Bollywood dancers.

The evening also saw the launch of Damaris’ Silver Screen initiative that, in partnership with Rotary GBI and Age UK, will take isolated older people to see the film with the proceeds from the Gala fundraiser.

Eve Conway, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Vice President Elect (for 2016/17), commented: “The evening was a fantastic way to celebrate Rotary’s 110th birthday by launching the Rotary Red Carpet Gala Screening in Britain and Ireland. The initiative will be making a real difference to the lives of isolated elderly people, and the project is part of the commitment of Rotarians who are actively involved in helping the local community and supporting those in need, both at home and overseas.

“The project was a brainchild of myself and Nick Pollard from Damaris when I told him about a similar successful scheme of Gala Screenings held by Rotarians in France. We then talked about creating a project to help 5 million isolated, older people in the UK who hardly ever go out, and our aim is to re-engage the elderly to go the cinema again and make friends.”

To help celebrate Rotary’s birthday Rotary Wessex organised a special cake to be designed and made for the gala, which was kindly donated by the local Waitrose.

Businesses and Rotary Clubs interested in finding out more about the Rotary Gala Screening, and how they can get involved in the project should visit www.damaris.org/rotary for further information.

- Rotary GB & I

Interact club’s winning video highlights scope of youth service in Rotary

For the second time in three years, the Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, took the $500 grand prize in the annual Interact video contest, beating 88 entries from 33 countries.

The secret to the club's success isn't just the professional quality of the videos but the stories behind them, says club member Kyle Gomes, who was the director, cinematographer, and editor for this year's three-minute entry, "Our Best Day in Interact." The video, narrated by several Interact members, shows the students decorating Christmas trees at Richmond's City Hall; ice skating to raise funds for the polio eradication campaign; collecting canned goods for a local food bank; participating in a model UN day in San Diego, California, USA; and rebuilding a preschool and orphanage in South Africa in 2013.

The project in South Africa, conducted every other year since 2003, generally includes a team of five Interact members; members of the sponsor Rotary club, Richmond Sunset; teachers from Hugh Boyd Secondary; and firefighters, all of whom spend a month providing assistance to the , located south of Johannesburg.

"We really wanted to emphasize how much of an impact we can make in our community," says Gomes. "Our club is involved in so many projects, it was imperative to us that we show that in our video. We want the Rotary world to know that Interactors enjoy and are motivated to give back."

Club president Melissa Chao was part of the 2013 team that traveled to South Africa, and calls it a "life-altering journey."......

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Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

My world stopped when I was 15 – my mother died after her seventh childbirth (I was the eldest). The pain and misery in the years that followed were unimaginable. Since then, I have been asking myself the question –“Why do mothers die?”

I entered medical school, specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and did full time research on pregnancy haemorrhages. My interest in childbirth-related mortalities did not wane, but I did not get real answers to my question.

Then I became a Rotarian. I wanted to utilise my hands-on vocational efforts for service, but the opportunities at that time were limited.

In the 1990s, global organisations like the U.N. challenged the world to address this question in the form of Millennium Development Goals. Global organisations and governments put a lot of funding towards improving hospital facilities and started promoting institutional childbirth deliveries but progress remained slow......

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Why I am sharing my story as a polio survivor

I feel more urgently than ever the need to share how polio impacted my life. In 1952, I contracted bulbar-polio, the rarest and most dangerous of the strains of the polio virus. I had just turned 7. I caught the virus from a neighborhood friend of my older sister who had been playing at our house and then was admitted to the hospital with polio.

A week later, I was in our family doctor’s office to hear the diagnosis: bulbar polio — very critical. My mother and I were sent on to Mercy Hospital. I remember being quickly taken from my mother, put in a wheelchair, whisked away to a nearby room with other children, and then wheeled past a group of onlookers, including my mother, who were kept separate from us behind a rope to prevent contact. I can remember her waving and crying. Up to that point, I had been smiling and enjoying the wheelchair ride, clueless about what was happening.

I was taken to a room that housed children with contagious cases of polio. There were probably 30 of us randomly placed either in hospital beds or in iron lungs.......

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Sunil's Corner

Rotary club of Cochin reports:

........The icing on the cake however was our distinguished speaker PDG Rtn. Sunil Zacharias. Who better to address a gathering on the Rotary movement? PDG Sunil spoke to us on 'Light up Rotary' a lovely journey which took us through the meaning and essence of Rotary, his experiences for over close to 4 decades with the Rotary fraternity. With a dash of humour, plenty of wisdom and heart rendering anecdotes the evening was educative, insightful and enjoyable.

Our Non Rotary guests enjoyed the evening thoroughly. We hope to have left a deep imprint on the Rotary movement on them and re-enforce the true meaning and message of Rotary amongst our members and visiting Rotarians. Kudos to PDG Sunil for a stellar performance as always and thanks to our beloved AG for his blessings and guidance as always!.....

Why I Am a Rotarian - Sunil

Keynote Address by PDG Sunil K Zachariah on 9 Sept 2012 at the RCGF of District 3190 at Bangalore

Rotary Institute, Cochin - 2009. PDG Sunil K Zachariah welcomes the gathering

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