Home' Rotary Down Under : October 2016 Contents | 8 | ISSUE 588 OCTOBER 2016
IN the wake of the disappointing news
of two new cases of polio in Nigeria,
the government of that country has
launched a response that should prove
inspirational to Rotarians everywhere.
Recent reports out of Nigeria indicate
that an intensive immunisation program
commenced immediately, with more
than 300,000 homes visited.
The Nigerian Government has
reacted in a very positive manner and
is fully engaged, taking leadership in all
meetings of the eradication partners.
Better still, the Chief of Army Staff
has approved the engagement of
the Nigerian Army Medical Corps
in vaccinating children in recently
Nigeria inspires the Rotary world
DURING the annual
of the Rotary Club
of Maryborough, Vic,
Thea Allan shaved her
head for PolioPlus.
daughter Sarah asked
her mum about her
On learning it was
Sarah suggested a
head shave as a fundraiser. Thea took up the challenge and
raised $1500. All monies raised for PolioPlus are matched
by a two-for-one contribution from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation. This takes the $1500 and turns it into
$4500 towards ridding the world of polio. Thea is enjoying
wearing a variety of hats to keep warm!
The evening also saw local Carisbrook identity Martin
Mackay inducted as club president, along with his new
board. Martin’s dad, Jeff, had been president in 1971-72,
so the family name has come full circle.
President caps off
a good year
Got a million dollars to spare?
THE two Sydney Rotary districts
are combining to unleash their
first “Million Dollar Dinner” on
Rotarians, friends and colleagues
in the Sydney region. The program
has already run successfully in
Brisbane (twice), Adelaide, Perth
and Auckland, and the object of
the exercise is to awaken all to
the enormous potential bequests
have in terms of providing for the
future. As in all other cases, the Sydney function is
there to encourage enough people to take action to
reach the million-dollar target.
Bequests are simple enough. You have probably
already allocated a portion of your estate to the
charity or charities of your choice, but you are now
being asked to consider The Rotary Foundation as
one of those charities. Thinking in terms of four or
five per cent of the estimated value of your estate
would probably not be a hardship on your children
or inheritors, but that’s something you should discuss
with them before taking action.
The Sydney dinner is at the Epping Club on Monday,
November 28, and further details will be available later.
Anyone agreeing to a bequest in excess of $US10,000
will be recognised as a member of the Bequest Society,
but even without a bequest involvement it will be a
night worthy of attendance. Keynote speaker will be
past Rotary International president and Foundation Trust
chair Kalyan Banerjee, who is an exceptional speaker.
accessible territories, partially accessible
territories and even in accessible
territories. The Commanding Officer
has approved the deployment of cold
chain equipment at military bases to
facilitate outreach services with support
of the military.
At the time of writing, a total of
534,262 children had been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the situation in Pakistan
has remained static, with no new cases
of wild poliovirus type one reported in
the past week.
This courageous reaction by Nigeria
to new cases MUST galvanise Rotarians
everywhere into planning and action
for World Polio Day on October 24.
Rotary International director Noel
Trevaskis has called on all Rotary
clubs to take up the challenge of
increased fundraising and new public
“Mainstream and social media
initiatives and promotions that connect
with members of the public and our
local communities are vital,” Noel said.
“The time to start to plan is now!”
Rotary Club of Lower Blue
End Polio Now coordinator, Zones
7B and Part 8, 2016-17
Thea Allan shows off her new ’do.
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