The members of the Rotary Club of Belfast send their best wishes to the 6 students from different schools and backgrounds who set off at 6.00am today on a ten day exchange programme arranged and hosted by the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood.
We hope that each of you will derive great benefit from the programme and from the experience of travelling together and staying with local families.
The students are accompanied by Rotarians Claire Savage, Brian Gillespie and Bryan Johnston.
Congratulations to Secretary Ivan who 'beat the odds' and completed the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April in 3hrs 50 mins 38 secs.
In November 2011, aged 49, Hon Treasurer Ivan was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Major "Whipples Procedure" surgery was needed followed by 6 months of Chemotherapy.
His faith, fitness and skills of his surgeon & his team guided him through this journey and he is hoping through his run to raise £100,000 to bring real benefit to Cancer Focus AND the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund which he says "will make a measurable difference to the work of both these fabulous causes".
To date he has raised over £68,384.
He hoped to run his 2nd London Marathon in under 4 hours which he did in style and his race statistics make formidable reading:
Kevin Harper, Legacy Relationship Manager, Cancer Research UK gave an excellent presentation describing the incidence of cancer, what it is and how it is formed and treated. Some of the statistics about the daily renewal of cells in the body were mind blowing, as well as illuminating.
He asked members to consider leaving a legacy in a will and make a positive impact on generations to come bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization were certified Polio Free by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on 27 March 2014, as there had been no cases of Polio in the last 3 years - an historic milestone in the worldwide effort to end polio. The 11 countries in the region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste – are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six WHO regions of the globe to become polio-free.
Rotarians present included members from the Rotary Clubs of: Belfast; Harrow; Ilheus, Brazil; Juneau, Alaska; Lambton, NSW Australia; Northfleet and Ebbsfleet, Kent; Palos Verdes Sunrise, California; Santa Clarita, California; Taiwan, China and Vancouver, Canada. She presented a banner to the Club from Tsawwassen Club, Vancouver at the Club meeting Monday 07 April. (click on images to enlarge)
The Club continues to support and commend the work of FASA supporting those affected by drug and solvent abuse and family suicides.
Past President Courtenay Thompson (far left) recently attended their Spring Fair for the families and children who have lost a family member to suicide. “It was a wonderful day and great just to see the smiles on the faces and the camaraderie of the family members and the team.
Attended by all students, their parents, Vice President Claire Savage, Brian Gillespie, Rotaract President Andrew Smith and Laura Garland, there was a detailed briefing of the upcoming programme and exchange and a question and answer session.