Home' Rotary Down Under : June 2015 (International) Contents ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS
Have you ever
wondered why The
and Rotary Australia
Service don’t work
together more often?
Maybe it’s a case of
being seen as separate
organisations never to
be mixed, but there
are many, many benefits to be had for
the people we all serve. Maybe it’s time
for the two organisations to spend a little
time examining just how this is possible
and then doing something about it.
This topic was discussed at a recent
workshop in Melbourne and the response
was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Sure,
The Rotary Foundation can’t be part of
every RAWCS project, because some of
the tasks undertaken by RAWCS just
don’t fit the criteria established by the
Foundation (e.g . buildings). However, the
good thing about the direction RAWCS is
moving is the emphasis they are placing
on Rotary’s six Areas of Focus, so working
together is now much simpler. Both
organisations believe in the same things:
the needs must be examined by the
community to ensure the project delivers
what the community needs rather than
what we think they need; the project
must fall within one of Rotary’s and
RAWCS’ six Areas of Focus; the project
must be sustainable and the project
outcomes must be measurable.
Both RAWCS and Foundation projects
operate through the activities of clubs, so
applying for a Global Grant to extend the
scale of the project is a simple enough task.
The application can involve one club or 20
clubs, and clubs and/or districts from the
project country can be part of what we do
(we must have a Host Partner). Club funds
are matched 50 cents in the dollar, and
districts using District Designated Fund
(DDF) will receive a dollar for dollar match.
The minimum grant is $US15,000 which
means clubs can do much more to deliver
a greater level of good.
Talk to your district Foundation chair or
your district RAWCS chair and get moving
to do even more good in the world.
together to do
On April 12 the annual Rotarian Championship for marathon runners was held
in Paris, France. The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians (IMFR)
welcomed more than 100 Rotarians and friends to this event from Australia,
Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Philippines and
the US, who spent an eventful weekend together.
This marathon was a very special event. Ten years ago, 235 Rotarians from all
over the world gathered in Paris to celebrate the centenary of Rotary. This was
also the birthplace of Rotarian marathon running.
On the day of the marathon 50,000 runners were in the starting area and
40,172 finished the marathon. The race was wonderful and the weather was
sunny and warm. On the way the runners saw all the city sights, including the
Champs Elysees, Town Hall, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. More than 100
bands and live acts, and thousands of spectators, made the course through the
city a memorable experience for all the runners.
At the end of the day a great farewell dinner was held. The governor of District
1660 (Paris-West), Chantal Schoder, and past governor and founder of the first
marathon event in 2005, Jean-Claude Brocart and his wife Annick, were special
guests at the event.
As in previous years, a donation from the event (about 2500 EUR) will go to
End Polio Now.
October 2016 will be the next International Rotarian Marathon Championship,
in Budapest, Hungary. It will also be possible to run shorter distances, including
30km, 10km and a relay. Interested Rotarians should contact president Ralf
Ludewig (email@example.com) or treasurer Joachim Bekedorf (joachim.
firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or visit www.rotarianrun.org or
Facebook (www.fb .com/IMFRRotarianRun).
In addition to marathon runners, the IMFR is also open to runners of shorter
distances (e.g. half-marathon and 10km runs) who will all be welcome in the
Fellowship. Family members and friends old and young are welcome guests at
the international events.
Legging it past the
Louvre and beyond
The Rotarian Marathon Running Group just before the start of the race. Josef Zech
(Germany), left, Keith Fagg (Australia), Christophe Cruzel (France), Jean-Claude
Brocart (France), Georges Chasseuil (France), Ralf Ludewig (Germany).
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