This was a real chance for Rotaract students and friends to socialise with local Rotarians from St Andrews.
Ebola is the greatest threat to world health since Aids and we were fortunate to hear first hand from Ezekiel who knows how the disease is affecting all aspects of his country, Sierra Leone. Many quarintined people are dying of hunger or minor diseases because they must stay in their homes and cannot bring in the harvest. Some of the top well qualified doctors in the country are now dead -- a huge loss of expert knowledge for future medical care in the country. The aftermath of the disease will affect the economy of the country in many ways.
John Black showed some pictures taken by his son which confirmed much of what Ezekiel explained to us.
John's son has volunteered to be a trial patient in the new vaccines being explored to counter the virus.
Although enjoying wine & cheese the serious message of the evening was that we should listen to Ezekiel and John and do what we can to help the plight of these desperate people in Sierra Leone.
Assistant Governor, Malcolm Horner, handed over a Prsidential Citation from Rotary International to the Rotaract Club for completing many different tasks last year.
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more Rotaract Vice President Eleanor walked with her lifelong companion Lester for 872km on the Camino de Santiago across Spain to finally raise £872 for education for girls in the Andes
more Keertna Sapra accepted a donation of £500 from Rotaract to buy desks for the School in India
more St Andrews students, Paula Akyol and Tania Savant taught in a school for disadvantaged girls in a remote part of India in summer 2018. Together with Divya who went in 2017 they have interviewed candidates to have a similar life changing experience in 2019
more Keertna will talk of her life in India, her studies in St Andrews and the Rotaract project raising funds for a School for Abandoned Girls in India
more Curry cooking demonstration by Tanushree followed by delicious meal
more Rotaract Club members helped the Rotary Club with a street collection in St Andrews town centre raising Â£581 to which Bill and Melinda Gates will donate Â£1163 making a total of Â£1745
more Rotaract members sold Indian snacks and tea to raise funds for the School for Abandoned Girls in India started by Keertna's grandfather. The snacks were donated by the Balaka restaurant
more The CEO of Thrive Africa gave a presentation on opportunities for students to volunteer in projects in Ghana. There was also be a prize (bottle of wine) for the best story from the Easter Break
more In the Scores Hotel a panel of 4 students with 1st hand experience gave presentations on Boy Soldiers in Africa, Conflict in former USSR Countries, Afghanistan, and Revolution in Syria. Audience discussion groups followed.
more PhD student, Chris is presenting to St Andrews Rotary Club at lunchtime. A chance to listen to an expert.
more Spotting a celebrity or famous golfer, the Rotary Club of St Andrews was selling raffle tickets for charity. Steve Redgrave did the prize draw for the set of golf clubs donated by Auchterlonies.
more £1160 was raised for Mary's Meals
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