We are tantalizingly close to ending polio. Of the disease’s three strains, we haven’t seen a case of type 2 since 1999 or of type 3 since 2012. All the polio cases in the world now stem from only three countries: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. If we can end polio in these three nations, we will shut the door on the disease forever.
Sheila raised two sons, one with chronic schizophrenia. Her son, David, was a typical teenager who loved life, but then started to withdraw and became quite rebellious. It was a few years down the track before Shelia realised he had a mental illness.
Honorary Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Scarborough, WA, Sian White, has devoted much of her young life to human rights, social justice, reconciliation and the environment and she doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
A journey of some 70km began with the first step of a non-stop walk around Phillip Island, Vic, in 2011 by local Rotarian Stevie Guilmartin (now O'Reilly) and, after many more steps, she had raised $7250. It was the beginning of another journey that helped build a school in Cambodia and, through a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, provided vital equipment for its students.
While most girls her age were enjoying the recent school holidays, 16-year-old Savannah Inouye was busy banging nails into wooden floors and helping fit steel cladding to walls in a handful of houses being built for homeless families in Cambodia.
Four District 9940 clubs – Wellington North, Johnsonville, Pencarrow and Hutt City – have joined forces to investigate and initiate New Zealand’s first Global Grant project under the Future Vision Pilot District program.