Alresford Rotary is joining thousands of other Rotary clubs around the world in supporting World Polio Day 2018.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) over 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.99%, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 cases in 2017 and with just three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan; Pakistan; and Nigeria.
Whilst tremendous progress has been made, the final steps on any journey are often the some of the hardest and 2018 has been far from easy, with 14 cases in the first eight months of the year.
However, extensive global environmental sampling around the world has made highlighting and mobilising against threats to eradication easier, more targeted and often more effective.
This reemphasises the challenges facing the world in ensuring that polio becomes just the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
The end is very much in sight and Rotary has committed to raising US$150 million between 2017-20 in support of global eradication efforts.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 becomes raised £3. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk, including the UK.
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985, including contributions made by the Alresford Rotary Club
Young Freya helped Rotarians to pulp a bucket of apples. She watched as the apples were being chopped and juiced in an apple press and bottled to be taken home. The event took place on Saturday 5th October in and around St John’s Church, New Alresford. The Church and churchyard was buzzing with people enjoying apple produce, competitions, family entertainment and food and drink stalls.
President Stephen received a banner from the Rotary Club of Westford, Massachusetts USA, presented by visiting Rotarian Jim Pope. Professor Jim was accompanied by his wife Sally and Rotarian Reg Ling from The Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford & Itchen Valley. They were one of our “mother clubs” when we were established and Reg, in particular was one of the two sponsors for us.
President Stephen welcomed our new member David Marshall to the club by presenting him with a Rotary pin badge and Rotary induction pack. David said that he was pleased to join and looking forward to be an active member and to provide service to others.
Nigel Barnfield, previously Honorary Treasurer Rotary International and member of Bishops Waltham Rotary Club spoke to Alresford Rotary members on Monday September 16th, 2019. Nigel explained that the Rotary Foundation is supported only from contributions made by Rotary members and supporters.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians, to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians can help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realise Rotary’s humanitarian mission throughout the world, including its number-one goal of eradicating polio.
He mentioned that some 90% of the funds are spent on programmes and programmes and projects it delivers. These projects cover many areas. Much of the funds he spoke of were calculated in US Dollars. Nigel, made a very pointed explanation of how Gift Aid added considerable additional funds to the Rotary Foundation.
Alresford Rotary joined the Town Trust and the Bishop of Winchester to celebrate the fact that it was precisely 150 years ago that the Bishop of Winchester gave the Avenue to the Town. There were strict terms attached to the gift. The land was to be used for the recreation of the inhabitants of the town and for no other purpose whatever. The Avenue should remain forever exactly as the Reverend Charles Richard, Bishop of Winchester had known it in 1869.
The event was a showcase of Alresford’s voluntary organisations such as The Giles Group, The Pigs, Friends of the Arle, Alresford Mens Shed, Churches Together and the Voluntary Care Group, Also a display portable bell tower and ringing, vintage vehicles and country crafts. The tea and cake stand was provided by the WI.
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