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More than half a million Rohingya people are facing fresh perils living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where the coming cyclone season threatens to wash away their flimsy plastic shelters. Rotarian Liz Odell is currently working in Bangladesh as a response volunteer with the charity ShelterBox. “Conditions are dire, with most people living in small shelters made of flimsy black plastic sheeting and bamboo poles,” reports Liz, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire

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Rotarians and ShelterBox on the ground following Rohingya crisis

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An inspirational true story of polio, paralysis and love without limits is hitting the big screens this month – and you can see the film before its full release at four Rotary charity screenings. Breathe follows adventurous and charismatic Robin Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield ( Hacksaw Ridge , Silence ), who has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa

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Polio hits Hollywood big screen in Breathe

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A sobering reminder of the brutal impact of polio was delivered at a special event held in Coventry on Monday (September 11 th ).

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Remembering the impact of polio in Coventry 60 years on

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The Manchester Arena Families Trust, which was established by Rotary District 1285 following the devastating bombing on 22 nd May, is now in a position to distribute funds. The district, which includes the city of Manchester and surrounding areas, established the Trust to provide practical help to victims and families of those killed, injured or affected by the attack.

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Manchester Arena Families Trust begins distributing funds

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Four students who won the Rotary Prize for Medical/Scientific Advancement at the Big Bang Fair have been putting their invention to the test at Imperial College. Zack Glindon, Alex Handley, Thomas Hollingsworth and Cameron Woodhouse from Gillingham School in Dorset won the prize for their invention, a mosquito repellent device called the ‘morbosphere’. Following their win, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and Imperial College London teamed up to give the students a chance to see some malaria research in action, and to test their prototype.

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Rotary award winners test anti-malaria invention at Imperial College

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Aug
04

UK leads final push to make polio history

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Rotary’s president in Great Britain and Ireland has welcomed the UK government’s £100 million cash boost towards the global battle against polio.

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UK leads final push to make polio history

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Each year, Rotary teams up with KidsOut for the National Rotary KidsOut Day, giving thousands of disadvantaged children the chance to experience fun trips and days out, and 2017 was no different.

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Highlights from 2017 National Rotary KidsOut Day

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Dementia is set to become the 21 st century’s biggest killer and group of dedicated Rotary members are taking direct action in their communities to support people living with the disease. Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia, or REPoD, was formed by a group of Rotary members in the southwest of England with the aim of creating a network of Rotarians across the country working towards raising awareness. Since those early days, REPoD has gone from strength to strength

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Rotary Action Group at Forefront of Dementia Support

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Few places see a more diverse range of topics discussed than the Rotary Youth Speaks national final, which took place in this month in Telford. Teams of young people from right across the country covered everything from social media and the future of self-driving cars to the dangers of stereotyping and the role of the monarchy in the 21 st century. Split into two categories, Intermediate for 11 to 13 year olds and Senior for entrants aged 14 to 17, teams are made up of three contestants, a Chairperson, a Speaker and a Vote of Thanks who are tasked with speaking on their chosen topic and answering unseen questions.

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Diverse Discussions at Rotary Youth Speaks Final

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Nov
18

New President Announced for 2019/20

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It is with great pleasure that we announce Donna Wallbank, of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr , has been elected President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland for Rotary year 2019/20. Formerly the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, Donna has been a member of Rotary since 1997 and has held the post of Chairman for the Community Service Committee

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New President Announced for 2019/20

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