Monthly Archive:: October 2016

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Rotary district collecting funds to replace roofs for hurricane victims in Haiti

Rotary clubs in District 7020 (Caribbean) and the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotarian Action Group are collecting donations to replace the roofs of 1,000 homes in Haiti and the Bahamas after Hurricane Matthew devastated the Caribbean on 4 October. The funds will also provide 1,000 water filtration systems to combat the cholera

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Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good

While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight

At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young

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Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world

From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work

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ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees

Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis.

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CDC director and Time senior editor will headline World Polio Day

Held for the first time at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Rotary’s annual World Polio Day event on 24 October will bring together the biggest names in the global fight to eradicate polio. The event will feature CDC Director Thomas Frieden, Time

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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication

The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says

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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti

Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to

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Watch our polio partnership come alive at World Polio Day

On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history.

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Donors in India can now use rupees when giving online

In India, donors can now give to The Rotary Foundation online using rupees. They can also give in U.S. dollars, but those who use rupees can claim a tax deduction under India’s Section 80G. You need to use a credit or debit card issued by an Indian bank to take advantage of