Monthly Archive:: October 2017

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Jonathan Cavendish on why he created polio movie Breathe

Movie producer Jonathan Cavendish tells the story of his parents in new movie ‘Breathe’ For producer Jonathan Cavendish, the new film “Breathe” was not just another project. It was a chance to honor his amazing parents.  The film tells the true story of Jonathan’s father, Robin Cavendish, who, in the 1950s, was

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Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the disease By Ryan Hyland Photos by Alyce Henson After another year of dwindling polio cases, Rotary leaders, top health experts, and celebrities said on 24 October — World Polio Day — that

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Scholar measuring and stopping public corruption

Scholar measuring and stopping public corruption Global grant scholarship recipient Lusiné Mehrabyan is working toward solving one of the most difficult and pervasive world ills: government corruption. Mehrabyan, a native of Armenia who was raised in Ithaca, N.Y., recognized the plague of corruption in her home country but also in the U.S.

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On the tracks of the Beast

In Mexico’s migrant shelters, a Rotary scholar puts his education into action Story and photos by Levi Vonk There are two inescapable elements of southern Mexico.  The first is dust – desert rock ground to a powder that finds its way into your every crevice: the backs of your knees, the folds

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The power of a garden

Rotary members in Harvard, Illinois, USA, have teamed up with community groups to help alleviate hunger and bring the community together. By Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Monika Lozinska Videos by Andrew Chudzinski  On a sunny morning in July, two dozen preschool children from Brown Bear Daycare inspect a bed of milkweed

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New partners build on Rotary's strengths

Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness join with Rotary to improve lives  Rotary has added two service partners that offer clubs new ways to collaborate with other organizations and strengthen their projects: Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). Habitat

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Movie tells inspirational polio story

‘Movie tells the story of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958 By Dave King, Rotary International Great Britian Ireland As Rotary prepares to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October,  an inspiring new film depicting the devastating impact of polio is hitting theaters. Andrew Garfield

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Rotary gives $49.5 million to help eradicate polio

Rotary gives $49.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease   EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 11 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed

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Somali refugee spreads peace as Rotary fellow

Manitoba honors Rotary Peace Fellow for public achievement Refugees who come to Winnipeg often end up living in areas that are predominantly inhabited by indigenous people.  “Newcomers do not know much about the indigenous life and heritage and, without that knowledge, the first thing they encounter is people who are poor and

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Where polio hides

The discovery of the poliovirus in Nigeria last summer shocked eradication efforts. Here’s how Rotary is making sure it doesn’t happen again By Erin Biba Photos by Andrew Esiebo For a 13-month-old boy whose family lives in northeastern Nigeria, escaping Boko Haram was only the beginning of a long, difficult journey. When