International

Rotary response to Ukraine crisis

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world. 

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the devastating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organisations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission.

Following a meeting this afternoon with Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko, which included more than 40 Rotarian leaders from Ukraine and neighbouring countries, plans have been put in place for Rotary to respond and support the horrific and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

On a global level, a central disaster response fund is being launched, which will be coordinated through The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. Our efforts will principally focus on refugees escaping the war.

There are many existing infrastructures that we can work through to reach those most in need, including the Rotary Action Group for Refugees and Intercountry Committees.

Collaboration has also begun with ShelterBox, our global partner in disaster response, and they are in direct contact with Rotarians in Eastern Europe. As well as ShelterBox, Rotary is also in contact with other emergency response organisations including Red Cross and the United Nations to ensure our efforts are complementary and coordinated.

In Great Britain and Ireland, we have established an operational taskforce, which will be led by Allan Smith, Rotary GB&I Humanitarian Disaster Response Lead. This will give Rotarians, who are always so quick to respond with support in situations such as this, a central point of contact and assistance through their District International Team.

In addition, we have our own Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust, which can also act as a vehicle for channelling donations that can be used for the recovery phase of this crisis. An appeal will be established in due course.

Rotary International will be communicating directly with all members around the world, and will advise Rotarians on how they can provide humanitarian relief via My Rotary.

Our thoughts are very much with the people of Ukraine, and our fellow Rotary members. Rotary will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

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Disaster Appeals

The weather is causing lots of hardship at the moment.  Below are some of the International appeals happening right now.

Hurricane Harvey

Dear Rotarians,

As I am sure you all know, many of the cites along the Gulf Coast of the United States have been devastated by category 4 Hurricane Harvey with winds of over 130 miles an hour and over 50 inches of rain. It’s the heaviest storm on record anywhere in the U.S. outside Hawaii and it is still raining.

This severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. The Greater Houston area with a population of over 6.5 million people (the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States) has had over 3.7 million people leave the region in the evacuation effort. Others remained trapped inside their homes, as entire neighborhoods were submerged.

Hurricane Harvey is predicted to be the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S., with a damage cost exceeding Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. AccuWeather predicts that the damage cost will hit $160 billion.

Earlier this morning, Presidential Aide Don Mebus and Past RI Director Greg Podd hosted a strategy conference call with governors from Districts 5930, 5840, 5890, 5910 and 6200 in Texas and Louisiana to develop a cohesive response.

A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (DAF) has been established by Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin through The Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions. Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts.

If you would like to help please go to the following link: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-districts-collect-emergency-funds-hurricane-harvey-victims

If you would like to make a contribution by credit card please go to the following link: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp

The Name of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund. The Account Number of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is 608

ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.

Please direct inquiring Rotarians to the web story on Rotary.org for the most up-to-date information or to contact RI by writing to relief@rotary.org.

Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give.

Dean Rohrs
Rotary International Vice President 2017-18

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Hurricane Irma

In light of the problems being caused in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma the RIBI Donations Trust trustees have decided to re-open the Caribbean Hurricane Appeal which was originally set up last year.

The link for donations is:

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/caribbeanhurricane

 

Aquabox – Appeal for Nepal and Bangladesh

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International Showcase Spring 2015

” Together we can make a Difference “

We were delighted that 30 of our District Clubs brought Displays of their International work to the Showcase held at The North Wingfield Miners Welfare.

We also had Displays from Mercy Ships, Aquabox, Shelterbox and Bridge2Aid. During the afternoon we had almost 200 Rotarians , families, friends and community enjoying the displays and the opportunity to find out more about projects and charities helping Communities throughout the World.

As a follow up many clubs have arranged speakers for their members and agreed to work together on fundraising.

Sue Leyden, daughter of Sir John Hunt 1953 Everest expedition leader, gave a superb talk about “Everest Re-Visited and the work of The Himalayan Trust”. Our District Governor Steve Lawes presented her a donation of £300 from our District to support the Charity.

We hope to repeat the Showcase in the coming Rotary year using Derby and Nottingham Universities as our venues.

 

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International Dinner and Project Fair

The Incoming  and outgoing District International team are organising an International Dinner and Project Fair on Wednesday 4th June at the Mansfield Civic Centre.  This is an opportunity to see International Project Stands and hear speakers from Mary’s Meals and Lend with Care.  Please support this evening of fellowship and information.

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District International Projects Fair and Dinner

The District 1220 International Committee has organised an “International Projects Fair and Dinner”. It is to be held at the Novotel on the evening of 1st November 2012. It will comprise of the following:

  • Stalls displaying international projects from Clubs in the District
  • Stalls of international charities
  • A three course meal
  • A presentation by the charity Sand Dams
  • A presentation by Eileen Bagshaw of Save the Children

Entertainment with an international themeThe stalls will be open for viewing from 5.30pm (set up from 5pm) and the dinner will be served at 7.30pm. The two presentations will follow the dinner.

The three course meal will cost just £17.00p and the menu is:

Cream of tomato and basil soup

Chicken breast chasseur with seasonal vegetables and chateau potatoes

(chicken breast in white wine, tomato and tarragon sauce)

Dutch apple pie with crème anglais

There will be options for vegetarians and persons with special dietary requirements.

If you would like to use the opportunity to put on display any international projects in which your club is involved please let me know as soon as possible so that I can reserve you a stall. (limited numbers available) There is no charge for this.

If you would like to attend the dinner, please let me know straight away, preferably by email, with a cheque for the appropriate amount, payable to “Rotary International District 1220”. We would this event to be a big success and so your support would be invaluable. Non Rotarian guests are very welcome.

Yours in Rotary Friendship

Gail Ashley

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