Rotary in Ireland serving international causes
International Services Chair
Sean Dunne (Newbridge)
Firone, Great Connel, Newbridge, Co Kildare
International Service - Rotary Ireland
International Service is at the core of Rotary’s work - Serving Humanity
objective of the District International Service Team is to encourage, advice
and support Rotary clubs within District 1160 to make a difference internationally.
To improve the lives of those communities who are hungry, thirsty or sick or
who have no future, hope or shelter. We will encourage the fellowship aspect of
international service through exchange programs and twinning, from which joint
international projects may develop.
Why should clubs have an international project ?
Clubs should embrace International projects, because we are members of Rotary
International an organisation that looks outwards, over its national borders,
to help communities abroad.
to the World Health Organisation, 80% of the people on this planet live in
substandard housing conditions, 70% are unable to read, 50% are suffering from
malnutrition, 40% have no sanitation and 20% do not have safe clean water to
drink. We know that 10,000 children die each day through lack of vaccination
and that water borne disease kill an estimated 20,000+ on a daily basis.
is synonymous with overseas charity work
children die every day needlessly
in 7 people are hungry everyday
lose a child to hunger every 10 sec
example: 70% income in Kenya spent on food, only 9% here in Ireland
the world was populated with 100 people:
have no basic sanitation
have no drinking water
are hungry or malnourished
have a computer / only 8 have internet
live on less than $1 a day
have all the money we need to feed the world:
only need an extra $10 billion annually to solve global malnutrition
we spend $12 billion annually on perfume
we spend $750 billion annually on arms
have all the food we need to feed the world:
kilocalories per person per day
why are there still 22,000 innocent little children dying every day?
dying because not enough people care about them. Governments will follow the
peoples lead, but people around the world feel helpless and believe they cannot
make a difference. That is not true of Rotarians. We know we
can make a difference. We have the ability, the know-how, the contacts, the reach,
the hands-on experience and man power to make
a difference. This is what we (Rotarians) do in our International Service
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