FASA representatives Chris Deconick and Roberta Coates gave a most interesting talk to the Club about the work of FASA and thanked the Club for the donation, refurbishment and presentation of the Youth Hub – YETI Trailer.
They noted that it had been used 1-2 times a week and most recently at the World Suicide Prevention Day, 12 September, City Hall Belfast.
President Ken led a party of 20 members and partners at the District Conference in Dublin 27-29 September at the historic Clontarf Castle Hotel. We were delighted Rotaractor Laura Garland joined us. A full conference report can be seen here.At the conference The Rotary Club of Belfast were honoured to be awarded the Cecil D Whaley Memorial Trophy for the District Outstanding Community Project – refurbishment of a mobile trailer for FASA (Forum for Action on Substance Abuse).
Honorary member Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Lord Mayor of Belfast, spoke on the theme of peace and reconciliation within the City Hall and his hopes for the future. His theme is Building the future Belfast – together and he hopes to achieve this by working hard to bring people together. He reflected that this must be done in small steps with a focus on the positive.
More details about the competition and Rory's report can be seen here.
Although not targeted as a fundraiser, it is hoped that the day will raise over £1000 for ShelterBox and the Club Charity Funds.
The full report can be seen here.
She gave a very interesting slide presentation of life there for the 2,500 residents and some 500,000 sheep!
ShelterBox has launched a national Syria Refugee Appeal and is hoping to help as many refugees as possible by setting its boldest ever appeal target.
They have already provided aid to support over 4,500 families in Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan but their intention for the appeal is to raise £2 million over the coming months to provide shelter (particularly winterised) and other essential aid to another 5,000 families.
It took 2 years for the exodus from Syria to reach 1 million - it took only 6 months to pass the 2 million threshold and 3/4 of these are war weary women and children. In addition, an estimated 4 million people remain dispersed or homeless within Syria, separated from their livelihoods and possessions.
See here how ShelterBox can help by sending their special boxes and click here to donate on ShelterBox website.
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