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York Gate played host on Thursday 30th August 2012 for a major event to publicise the work of Rotarians in their campaign to eradicate Polio from the world.
Dr Sir Liam Donaldson, in his address asserted that it was impossible to overstate the importance of the dedication, determination and hard work of Rotarians around the world in working towards the eradication of the disease over the past 30 years. He expressed his confidence that the goal would be achieved.
The event closed with an auction, to raise funds for the Polio Eradication Campaign, and also to provide financial support for the Pakistani Paralympic Team Members. Lots sold included an autographed rowing shirt, a limited edition print on the theme of the paralympic games, and a large selection of black and white, and colour photographs that were autographed by the paralympians.
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On Monday 20th February, BBC News will be broadcasting a special report from India on polio eradication. The report will feature the BBC’s medical correspondent Fergus Walsh at an immunisation booth and will showcase a package he has recorded over the weekend showing Rotary’s work, people affected by polio and interviews with doctors. It is likely that a Rotarian, most probably Mike Yates (RC of New Mills Marple & District), will be interviewed too. The package will be featured on the six o’clock and ten o’clock news.
The following morning on BBC Breakfast the report will be featured again and this time there will be an interview with RIBI President Ray Burman.
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SUNDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER, 2011
Rotary Young Citizen Award winner ten-year-old amputee Lydia Cross, who has raised more than £60,000 for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, was honoured by Rotary in London who invited her to join them in their Rotary section of the Remembrance Day Parade in London on Sunday, 13th November, 2011.
Ten-year-old Lydia Cross, who had both her legs amputated at the age of two because of meningitis, has raised tens of thousands of pounds (with sponsored swim and runs, etc.) to help wounded servicemen, who’ve lost limbs in Afghanistan and Iraq – she says she wanted to help them because they have “leggies like her”. She has also organised for prosthetic limbs to be made for two former Royal marines who lost their limbs serving in Afghanistan. In recognition, she received a Rotary Young Citizen Award (featured on BBC News) in 2010 after being nominated for the Award by her local Rotary Club in Braunton, Devon. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/
Lydia has raised around £20,000 for Help for Heroes and has become the only child Patron. She has taken part in a DVD to be shown in schools for HELP FOR HEROES. Lydia had to have the bones trimmed in her legs about four weeks ago and had been forced back into using a wheelchair but she proudly wore a new pair of prosthetic legs made especially for her with poppies painted on them two days before Remembrance Sunday. She wasdetermined to walk on them as she went past The Cenotaph in Whitehall and took the Royal Salute from Prince Charles. Her former marine father Tony Cross pushed her wheelchair behind her.
Lydia started off the COMMANDO 999 CHALLENGE in her racing wheelchair on Saturday, 5th November, when her father and 3 other Police Officers who are all Ex Royal Marines started off a walk/march from Exeter en route to London – with teams planning to reach there ahead of the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, 13th November.
Lydia and her sister Millie were awarded honouree Green Berets for their Bravery by the Royal Marine Commandos at RMB Chivenor in 2005.
Lydia has been awarded a Gold Blue Peter Badge and a Rotary Young Citizens Award for her Forces Fundraising.
Both Lydia and Millie help the Royal British Legion with Awareness.
“Is Rotary still relevant?” That’s the question posed on BBC Radio 4′s You and Yours http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/you-and-yours/ programme earlier this week. Following on from the two half-hour documentaries about Rotary that were broadcast on Radio 4 in February, the BBC invited RIBI Vice President Ray Burman to explain to listeners why Rotary is as relevant today as it has ever been – both to the millions of people who benefit from Rotary’s humanitarian and community efforts around the world, and also to its members of all ages.
You can listen to the programme on the BBC website – the Rotary interview starts at the 27 minute point and runs for ten minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0122td7/You_and_Yours_27_06_2011/
Once you have heard the programme you can leave a comment on the RIBI website at http://www.ribi.org/news/articles/is-rotary-still-relevant-
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The Rotary Club was established in Chicago in 1905 as a place where businessmen could meet, network and along the way put something back into the community. Though there were originally just four members the idea spread across first America, and then the world at a phenomenal rate, so that by the 1920s the Rotary was as firmly established in British life as it was across the Atlantic. By now it is the largest organisation of volunteers in the world.
Though never especially fashionable with the intelligentsia, for generations it has provided local businessmen with a place to meet on a weekly basis and try to make a difference, both at the local and international level – one of its most successful campaigns saw it lead the drive to stamp out polio from the planet.
In spite of this success, however, Rotary is now seeing its membership drop as its image has become shop-worn and society has changed around it, making it harder for people to make the kind of commitment in terms of time and effort that the organisation typically requires. Rotary itself says it is facing a ‘demographic time-bomb’, as it struggles to attract younger members to local clubs where the majority of the members are typically much older than them.
In ‘Wheels Coming off At The Rotary?’ Allan Beswick travels to clubs around the country and finds there are significant efforts afoot to turn things around, with newer clubs springing up where formalities are more relaxed and the meetings more accommodating to a younger age-group with less time to offer. He also visits the more traditional clubs where the members reluctantly recognise the need for things to move on, even if it means they are left to wither on the vine.