A highly successful fraternal vist to the Rotary Club of Londonderry was enjoyed Monday 4 March by the 17 members, Mabel Baird and Norma Millington who set off on the 10.30 bus to Londonderry.
President Gavin Killeen welcomed all, expressed how delighted they were by the visit from their parent Club and Presidents Gavin and Alan exchanged banners.
Full report can be read here.
Bill Gates delivering this year's Richard Dimbleby lecture described the battle to eradicate polio as one of the most difficult tasks the world has ever faced and revealed the fight against the disease was the project he dedicated most of his time to and praised the work of Rotary International.
He said:"We are working to wipe the virus off the face of the earth, and we have almost succeeded... Stopping the last cases of polio in these last countries is among the most difficult tasks the world has ever assigned itself. But it is also among the most important...But the virus is stubborn and it is also much harder than I expected...Vaccines are a miracle tool. They prevent disease from striking, which is better than treating it after the fact. They are also relatively cheap and easy to deliver. However, millions and millions of children don't get them. This is still stunning to me..."
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The Club as arking for donations of secondhand bicycles for the bikes4Africa programme. bikes4Africa is the flagship programme of the charity Jole Rider and aims to refurbish and deliver to Africa life-changing second-hand bikes for children and young people.
Almost everyone has one or more unused bikes in their garage or shed. These can, if shipped to Africa, change a child’s life permanently! Every bike delivered not only gets a child to school, but affects the lives of as many as 9 others, including school peers and family members.