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Rotary members have been using their time and talents to support BBC Children in Need and have exceeded Rotary’s fundraising target for 2017. Children in Need is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year and Rotary clubs across the UK pulled together and accumulated a total of  £112,010.53 , which may rise further as more clubs share their success stories.

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Rotary hits Children in Need fundraising target

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The city of Coventry is preparing to host the second of Rotary’s Presidential Peace Building Conferences in February . The conference, one of six being staged across the world, is the brainchild of Rotary International president Ian Riseley. Other global conferences are taking place in Vancouver and Beirut in February, followed by Sydney, Chicago, and the Italian city of Taranto later this year.

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Rotary President Ian Riseley looks ahead to Coventry Peacebuilding Conference

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Jan
12

Giving students a chance in Bangladesh

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Ten years ago, Birmingham-based Rotary member Azad Choudhury returned to his home village in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. His visit inspired him to build a school, and a decade on, with support from Rotary clubs in the West Midlands, his vision has become a reality. Without a school, the prospect of education for local children was almost nil, with opportunities to enrol in colleges of further and higher education denied to them

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Giving students a chance in Bangladesh

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London’s Air Ambulance is hitting the streets of the capital in an educational ‘Helivan’ thanks to the support of Rotary members in the city. Rotary members in London raised more than £38,000 to purchase the vehicle for London Air Ambulance, which provides an advanced trauma team for the 10 million people who live and work in London.

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London’s Air Ambulance has lift off with Rotary support

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Rotary members in Great Britain and Ireland are getting stuck in to the Rotary Tree Challenge.

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Rotary Tree Challenge Growing Well for Earth Day

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Rotary is delighted to welcome film producer Jonathan Cavendish on board as a Purple4Polio Ambassador. Jonathan is the producer of Breathe , the remarkable true story of his father Robin, who, with the support of his wife Diana, refused to let contracting polio stop him from living life to the full. After bringing this inspirational film to the big screen, Jonathan has a very personal connection to the disease and a passion for ensuring that we finish the job of ending polio now and forever.

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Rotary welcomes latest Purple4Polio Ambassador

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With the number of polio cases around the world down into the teens for 2017, it is easy to forget that the disease once ravaged the United Kingdom. 1957 saw the largest outbreak of polio ever in Northern Ireland, with 297 people contracting the disease in Belfast during the year. Rotary in Ireland, along with the One Last Push campaign are today co-hosting event at Belfast Castle to mark the 60 th anniversary of the outbreak, and bring together individuals who had their lives impacted by the epidemic.

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Survivors mark 60 years since Belfast polio outbreak

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This week the #iwill campaign is celebrating its fourth year of success and Rotary has plenty to celebrate too. In February 2014, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland pledged to create 125 new Interact clubs and 300 new RotaKids clubs by 2020, helping young people to revive and rejuvenate communities.

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Rotary fulfills Interact #iwill pledge for youth social action

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Nov
06

New lease of life for Rotary Service

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It was in treacherous seas in the English Channel back in 1987 that the lifeboat Rotary Service came into its own. Based at the RNLI lifeboat station in Dover, the 50-foot steel-hulled craft came to the rescue of a 1,500-tonne cargo vessel being battered in a hurricane. Acting Coxswain Roy Couzens was later awarded an RNLI silver medal and the Maud Smith Award for outstanding and bravery and seamanship after saving three men from the stricken vessel, while her six volunteer crew received RNLI bronze medals.

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The inspiring true story of a polio sufferer’s fight to live life to the full is hitting cinemas today. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish who contracted the disease in Africa and undeterred by his condition, spent the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities and popularising a new wheelchair with a built-in respirator.

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Polio story Breathe in cinemas now – Jonathan Cavendish Q&A

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