Dr Jim McWhirter, of Henley Bridge Rotary Club was awarded the Magic of Rotary Volunteering Award at the RIBI Conference in Bournemouth in April 2010

Dr Jim McWhirter tops the poll for the Magic of Rotary Volunteering Award

Dr Jim McWhirterWhen he retired from general practice, 'Dr Jim' joined Rotary and immediately used his skills by registering with the Rotary Doctor Bank. He was sent to the Kamuli Mission Hospital in Uganda where two doctors serve three quarters of a million people with just 160 beds. His medical expertise, contacts within the NHS and tenacious organisational skills have made a huge difference to the lives of both medical staff and patients.

The Magic of Rotary awards aim to publicise the rich variety of projects across RIBI, to improve collaborative opportunities for clubs involved in similar projects, and to encourage more diversity in Rotary club programmes.

The criteria for the Volunteering award:

At home and overseas there are many Rotarians who give of their time, sometimes in very challenging situations, beyond their immediate Club. This award was aimed at Rotarian(s) who use their vocational skills.

Work involved with health, hunger, water or literacy were ideal projects for this award especially if taking place over a sustained period. Similarly, a project leading to community improvements for young people at home or overseas was also an ideal candidate.

This award could also recognise those who have made a life-changing breakthrough for a person or a small group of people, especially if young people are the beneficiaries. This change could have been a specific health issue.  

Rotary Doctor Bank in action at KamuliWe are delighted that 'Dr Jim' emerged the winner from a very strong field of nominations from Districts throughout RIBI. Those who have been fortunate to have heard Jim McWhirter speak at a club meeting will know of the inspiring work he does at Kamuli Mission Hospital in Uganda and how richly deserved this award is. For those yet to hear about this amazing project, we would urge you to book him without delay!
See booking details here

Meanwhile, do take a look at the very moving video of the work of the Kamuli Mission Hospital and the support Jim and his fellow medics bring to the dedicated staff.

Download the latest update from Dr Jim in Kamuli  (courtesy of Didcot Rotary Club)