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Shelterbox relief by Rotary following Italian earthquake
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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs. Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia, the affiliate organization in Genoa, will accompany the response team. Della Volta is working with the Rotary Club of Rieti in District 2080, the club closest to the earthquake-affected sites, and will meet with officials of the Italian Civil Protection Department, fire department, and Red Cross to coordinate efforts. If families and individuals made homeless by the disaster need emergency shelter, ShelterBox will send tents and other equipment from its locations in Italy and other sites across Europe. Della Volta says the most urgent need is for tents and relief supplies for the hospital of Rieti, where most of the patients from the destroyed hospital in Amatrice were taken. "I am truly heartbroken over what has happened," says Della Volta, charter president of the Rotary E-Club of 2042 Italia. "As Rotarians, we are always available to help people in need."

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Shelterbox relief by Rotary following Italian earthquake 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z
Funds raised for Fiji relief
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Students and staff at Westmount School Taranaki raised $5,000 through a Givealittle page to assist with the Cyclone Winston Relief Fund. Westmount teachers Mr Lal and Mr Kumar both come from the Fijian village of Tavua on the island of Viti Levu and the money raised is to support the recovery efforts at Tavua College and Tavua Primary School.
 
Earlier in the year Westmount School and Inglewood Rotary combined to ship 23 school desks and 22 cartons of school books to the Fijian island of Taveuni, where the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island received the desks and books for placement into schools there.
 
Pictured here presenting the fundraising cheque is Head Girl Nikita Judd, Inglewood Rotarian and Assistant Governor Mr Mel Cook, Mr Kiran Lal, Head Boy Eddie Thomas and Mr Virendra Kumar.
Funds raised for Fiji relief 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z
Presentation from Mel Cook
Mel gave a presentation of CLUBRUNNER and MY ROTARY
 
CLUBRUNNER is the official software  program for Rotary International and serves thousands of Rotary clubs and districts. ClubRunner offers a robust membership management and communication system for clubs and districts in multiple languages with features such as attendance reporting, event and volunteer management, directory builder, email and newsletter broadcast services, and social media integration. CLUBRUNNER can be accessed by the general public where events, bulletins and general information can be viewed. There is also a separate members area for more in depth information.
 
All members were issued with their login details and were encouraged to have a go.
 
MY ROTARY similar to CLUBRUNNER can be accessed by the general public and also has a separate members area but MY ROTARY gives access to other clubs information, coming events and updates on projects.
 
The presentation was insightful and informative and enjoyed by all.

 
 
Presentation from Mel Cook 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z
Blue September Breakfast
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Following on from the very successful Pink Ribbon Breakfast in May to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness, the Inglewood Rotary Club is organising a breakfast in support of the Blue September Prostate Awareness campaign. Tickets will be available soon to a 7.30am breakfast with guest speaker on Wednesday 28th September.
 

Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers – gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Deaths from prostate cancer can be prevented if the disease is detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of people to help support men and their families who are going through the journey and spread the message for men to get regular checks.

Blue September Breakfast 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z
Saving lives in Ghana
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z
India celebrates three years without polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z
Finding Safe Haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z