50 Rotarian volunteers from 10 countries gathered in New Delhi and were then split up into
teams of 3 or 4 volunteers. The team I was with was made up of 1 American, 1 Canadian,
1 New Zealander and myself and we were assigned to Agra District some 200 kms from New
The first day was mtaken up with talks from doctors, nurses and people from WHO on the history
of polio in India and the need to keep it at bay at all costs.
The second day, accompanied by a doctor ( who carried the ampoules of vaccine in a cool box)
and two district nurses we set off to visit shanty towns and slum areas where children are not usually
registered when they are born, due to poverty, and are therefore off the radar when it comes to health treatment. Cosequently, they are at risk of missing the necessary vaccination and immunisation programmes. In the first town we went to we were confronted by a few hundred mothers with babies and very young children who were then given the polio vaccine and the MMR injections. Each volunteer probably immunised around 30 small children and babies. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience and we were made very welcome by all the mothers ,aunts, grandmothers etc.
This was repeated over the next two days and rounded off with a Polio rally in Agra with the banner 'Good-Bye Polio Thanks Rotary'. Over the three days we each probably immunised around 120 small children.There is special Polio Immunisation Day on 29th January when all over India over 2.5 million small children will be immunised against Polio.
We also visited some schools and Rotary colleges to see lessons in hygiene an self awareness of the need for cleanliness at all times to avoid infections. We also visited a medical school and met young trainee doctors and sat in on one of their lectures and had tea with them during at break.
A very interesting visit and apart from the unhappy ending for me well worth the effort made by us all to help in this way and we all came away feeling that we had contributed, only in a small way, to the End Polio Now campaign.
more Members and friends on their kilt walk
more Members of the club joined Judy Greenwood for an outing to Seahouses at the beginning of May
more Coastal Rowing Club members and Rotarians gather at the harbour, socially distanced, to mark the end of Steve Elliott's cycling challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
more President Andrew presenting the club's community award to Moira Wright of the Food Bank
more Rhona hands over the Club Presidency to Andrew (Socially Distanced of Course)
more The Rotary Club of Dunbar has been delighted to welcome seven new members since the start of Rotary Year 2019-20.
more The annual Handover Dinner was held at Winterfield Golf Club on 24th June, 2019
more 25th June 2018
more On Monday 20th May, the club enjoyed a very informative talk from Blood Bikes Scotland whose story can be read below
more Dunbar Choral Society Charity Concert
more New member Andy Pringle was inducted into the Rotary Club of Dunbar on Monday 24th September.
more During February and March club members visited all the Primary Schools in the Dunbar area
more Club members plant trees as part of RIBI's "Plant a Tree for Rotary" initiiative.
more Club members held a collection at ASDA in aid of the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal
more Kyle McPherson of Dunbar has won the District Young Writer's Award
more The Dunbar round of District 1020's Primary school quiz was held on Wednesday 17th January
more On Tuesday 28th November, a plaque was unveiled at Dunbar's Mercat Cross.
more Movember is the month when "Mo Bros" grow mos (mustaches) to highlight men's health issues, notably prostate cancer and testicular cancer
more Presentations were made to the winners of the Young Writers competition and the Community Salver was awarded to Alasdair and Pippa Swan for their services to Dunbar
more Eighteen pupils from the P5 class at Dunbar Primary School took part in this year’s Young Writer’s Competition.
more Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bombay Kandivli visit Dunbar
more The Handover Dinner was held on Monday 26th June in the Winterfield Golf Club
more The Rotary Club of Dunbar held its "Youth Night" on Monday19th June
more The area final of the District 1020 Primary Schools Quiz was held at Prestonpans Primary School on Wednesday 17th May
more The Club's annual International Night was held in the Hillside Hotel on Monday 6th March 2017
more The Rotary Club of Dunbar hosted a brunch on Sunday 5th March as part of the celebration for International Women's Day. The Keynote speaker was Sarah Brown.
more Planting at Rotary Court
more A party of nine from the Rotary Club of Dunbar (the K9) visit Kalimpong
more The Club honours David and Jean Arnott
more The Club's annual Charity Shop will be taking place between 31st October and 12th November 2016
more Saturday 26th November 2016
more In September 2016 a group of 9 Rotarians and partners are visiting Kalimpong, NE India to visit the Global Grant funded Project
more Robin Hamilton has been presented with a Champion of Change award
more Pupils from Dunbar Primary School are presented with the Rotary Junior Community Award
more The Rotary Club's Duck Race was held on the Biel Burn on Saturday 18th June
more Retiring President Judy Greenwood handed over the Presidency of Dunbar Rotary Club to incoming President Bob McKinnon at a dinner held at Dunbar Golf Club on Monday 27th June 2016.
more Dunbar Grammar School Peace Casuals decided to raise money in support of the Harbour Lights project
more A GSE team from District 6600 in Ohio was hosted by Dunbar Rotary Club from 22nd-29th March.
more Presentation of the Awards by President Judy Greenwood
more Dunbar Rotarians have been visiting local primary schools to inform them about the progress that has been made by Rotary International's "End Polio Now" campaign.
more The Club invited Rotary Global Scholar Carly McKie to its annual International Night on Monday 7th March. At the meeting President Judy Greenwood introduced Maggie Packwood as a new member of the club
more Dunmuir Hotel, Sunday 13th March 2016
more On Monday 25th January, 29 members and friends of the Rotary Club of Dunbar celebrated the Club"™s traditional Scottish Night with an evening of good food and entertainment at the Rocks.
more On Wednesday 27th January 2016, eight teams from local Dunbar primary schools took part in the annual Rotary Primary Schools Quiz.
more Members and guests celebrated Christmas at Dunbar Bowling Club on Monday 14th December 2015
more The annual President's Night was held in the Dunbar Golf Club on Satrurday 28th November
more Dunbar Rotary Club were the grateful recipients of funds raised by local singers and musicians at a concert held at Belhaven Parish Church at the end of October.
more Secretary Graeme Darkes is awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding service to the club
more 2015 was another standing success for the Rotary Club's Charity Shop
more Trophies presented to two young golfers, junior members of Dunbar Golf Club
more The club's annual Handover Dinner was held on Monday 22nd June at the Rocks
more The Rotary Club of Dunbar celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its Charter with a dinner at the Dunbar Golf Club on Saturday 29th March.
more 2014 - 2015 Year
more Photographs from our Rotary Year 2013-14
more Photographs from our Rotary Year 2012-13
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