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Nantwich Chronicle Wednesday 17th October 2007
Global focus for Rotary
A LEADING figure in the Rotary movement has visited Crewe Rotary Club to talk about the need to bring the organisation's charitable work into the 21st Century. Allan Jagger, president of Rotary International Britain and Ireland, gave a speech to members of the Crewe club and representatives from the Nantwich, Weaver, Haslington and Sandbach clubs on the work of the international organisation.
He told the 50 guests assembled at the Hunter's Lodge in Crewe on Thursday that Rotary needed to invest in the future, but be wary of concentrating its fundraising efforts too locally when there were major international issues that needed addressing. Mr Jagger said the Rotary Foundation, the charitable foundation at the centre ofthe organisation, needed more support.
He added: 'Think of the Rotary's Polio Plus campaign. In 1985, one Rotarian in the Philippines tried immunising every child in his country against polio, and Rotary was the only organisation in the world that could immunise children all over the world. So far, we've immunised around two billion children, and our Foundation has changed the word 'immunisation' to 'eradication'. That's what we are all about. 'So, we are not an organisation that can only think about the local population, and we must remember that we are part of an international community.'
But Mr Jagger added the work being done by Rotary clubs for local causes was excellent. Last month, £1,000 was given to the Macmillan cancer appeal.Marc Waddington
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