Rotary response to Ukraine crisis

Torbay Weekly

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the devastating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there.

Following a meeting this week with Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko, which included more than 40 Rotarian leaders from Ukraine and neighbouring countries, plans have been put in place for Rotary to respond and support the horrific and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

On a global level, a central disaster response fund will focus principally on refugees escaping the war. Collaboration has also begun with ShelterBox, our global partner in disaster response, and they are in direct contact with Rotarians in Eastern Europe.

As well as ShelterBox, Rotary is also in contact with other emergency response organisations, including Red Cross and the United Nations to ensure our efforts are complementary and coordinated.

In Great Britain and Ireland, we have established an operational taskforce and have our own Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust, which also acts as a vehicle for channelling donations that can be used for the recovery phase of this crisis.

Our thoughts are very much with the people of Ukraine and Rotary will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

Purple power

If you notice a sea of purple crocuses in your locality then think Rotary as this little spring bloom signifies the End Polio Now campaign.

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. Despite there only being a handful of cases left in the world, continued campaigning, health worker training and vaccination programmes are essential to stop the disease returning and ensuring the world is certified polio-free.

Every year, Rotary Clubs purchase purple crocus corms to support the End Polio Now campaign and plant them out to bring some colourful cheer, and hope that they may reach their goal and finally eradicate this terrible disease once and for all.

Pigs add “fun” to fundraiser

Preston Rotary Club’s Pig Racing event will have guests squealing with delight with the chance to not only bet on their favourite piggies, but also become an owner or a jockey.

The fun-filled evening on 19th March, at the Preston Conservative Club, will be held in aid of the Torbay Prostate Cancer Support Association and other local charities and is one of Preston Rotary Club’s main fund-raising events. It promises to be an action-packed evening of fun hosted by local entertainer Adrian Byng.

For more information visit www.preston.rotary1175.org

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