Focus on the Crocus
Thanks for Life End Polio Now on BBC Breakfast
Thanks for Life/End Polio Now - Konnie Huq - Part 1
Thanks for Life/End Polio Now - Konnie Huq - Part 2
Thanks for Life Wristbands
The Rotary Club of Dublin Central are producing wrist bands at a cost of £250 for 1000 or £125 for 500. If you wish to purchase, please contact Caroline Bourke at the Rotary Club of Dublin Central.
Thanks for Life on BBC Breakfast - 22 November 2009
Konnie Huq's interview about her trip to India to see the End Polio Now campaign in action went out live on BBC News Channel at 9.30am with Nicholas Owen mentioning Rotary's campaign several times after her interview on BBC Breakfast at 8.20am which was short.
The TV news feature on her trip to India and Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio in India has gone out on Breakfast BBC1 (6.20am), on BBC News and on BBC World today (Sunday).
Her article on the trip to India as part of Rotary's Thanks for Life/End Polio Now campaign is on the BBC News website on the link below:
Under Related Internet Links on this BBC News web page (right hand side of page), there is a link for the Rotary International End Polio Now Campaign and RIBI's Thanks for Life/End Polio Now campaign.
Thanks for Life Branded Merchandise
The Rotary Club of Guernsey have produced various goodies for purchase and if you wish for re-sale. To give you an idea I have photographed some of these, although there are also, Fleece and Hooded Sweatshirt, and a very good Baseball Cap. These last items are absolutely ideal for wearing when collecting etc. Order by using the attached form.
Certificates and Stickers
RIBI have produced a certificate that can be handed to schools as a thanks for help with Thanks for Life/Purple Pinkie projects.
It requires the name of the Rotary Club and the School to be completed. If you wish, DG Martin has offered to have these two pieces of information printed for you. If at the appropriate time Clubs advise me of their requirements I will collate these and forward them to DG Martin for printing and despatch.
In addition the Rotary Club of Exmouth are producing small circular adhesive stickers for use when ‘rattling’ collection tins. These may be ordered direct from RC of Exmouth.
Coverage of Rotarian Jasmine Morris on the Fourth Plinth
Photos: View eight photos in the Rotary in London August 2009 Photo Gallery
Audio: Listen to Jasmine's live interview on BBC Radio 5Live (credit: BBC)
Video: Watch the full 60 minutes on video (credit: Sky Arts/OneAndOne website)
Press Release: Read the Rotary on the Fourth Plinth Press Release at RIBI
"I thank those who supported me in our early morning visit to Trafalgar Square to support Rtn Jasmine Morris of RC Turn Hoddesdon who spent one hour, 4 am to 5 am on the vacant plinth in Trafalgar square promoting the THANKS FOR LIFE PROJECT & also Purple Pinkie day.
The event was filmed and Jasmine was 'hooked up' to various radio stations including Radio 5 live where she gave a 5 minute live interview..
Thanks to those of us who were present namely
- DG Martin & Estelle
- PDG John Lee
- PDG Clive Amos
- Pres Clive Denham
- PP Tony Betts
Representatives of Districts 1140 & 1260
My Thanks to All
PDG DON MERRITT
Rotarian raises End Polio Now awareness on the Fourth Plinth
Thursday 27th August 200 at 4am
PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE IN A LIFETIME TO JOIN ME IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE AND PROBABLY ON THE VACANT PLINTH.
IT MAY BRING BACK MEMORIES OF YOUR YOUTH WHEN YOU PARTIED IN THE FOUNTAINS ON NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!!!!
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE SQUARE WEARING YOUR CLUB TABARD
DONT BE LATE!
SEE YOU AT 4AM
"VERY GOOD NEWS"
In 1985 the members of Rotary International decided on the most monumental project ever to be undertaken by a non-governmental body.
The decision was to rid the world of Polio, a disease that has killed and disabled millions of children throughout the World. At that time the Polio virus was endemic in 135 countries and 3000 cases of Polio were reported EVERY DAY.
Now 25 years later, only 4 countries have the polio virus and only 1491 cases of Polio have been reported in the WHOLE of 2008.
This fantastic result has been achieved largely by Rotary with the help of The World Health Organisation and recently UNICEF
In that time Rotary has raised $900 million and countless immunisation days have taken place immunising over two billion children.
HOWEVER, until NO cases of polio are reported from those countries still endemic, namely India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, the job will not be done
THE POLIO VIRUS MUST BE ELIMINATED IN ITS ENTIRETY.
Rotary must finish the job and that means, all of us must continue to fight the battle until the goal is achieved.
More GOOD news is that the 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation' are once again supporting our Polio eradication effort and have donated $200 million, providing we match it with $100million, this is our challenge!.
To help meet this challenge RIBI have initiated the programme:-
"THANKS FOR LIFE"
This programme is designed to raise £1million for Polio Eradication, to maximise public awareness of the Rotary Polio campaign, the 'Gates Challenge' and Rotary in general.
It will involve a co-ordinated campaign, timed for February 23rd 2010-Rotary Day-and the period around it (February20-28). Money raised will be credited to the 'Gates Challenge' and count towards Club and District targets.
The 'THANKS FOR LIFE' project is designed to link with local schools (primary and secondary), to raise awareness of Rotary, to generate fund raising initiatives, interaction with parents, involve/establish Interact/Rotaract clubs.
It is designed to encourage children to establish a project to raise £1 from each child this £1 will immunise TWO children. With the addition of the 'Gates Donation' will make that £1 into £2.78 this will immunise FIVE children.
This is but a small insight into this initiative, "THANKS FOR LIFE". To find out more please contact myself or PDG Ian Addleson, our details are to be found in the District Directory under the heading "THANKS FOR LIFE" (page 22)
We are also available to visit your Club to give a small presentation that will help with your approach to schools and also to explain the project and its advantages and benefits in more detail
WE MUST SAY GOOD-BYE TO POLIO
Don MERRITT PDG, CHAIRMAN "THANKS FOR LIFE"