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Sunday 28th August 2022
District Event: Peebles Hydro Hotelmore
Rotarians in District 1020 have partnered with their counterparts in the US and Canada to deliver a Fire Rescue Truck to the city of Chernihiv in war torn northern Ukraine.
Rotarians in Ukraine had identified the need because of the number of high rise buildings in Chernihiv, where rescue efforts in the much attacked city were hindered by the lack of suitable equipment to reach them.
The Edinburgh club had been instrumental in setting up the Rotary Club of Kyiv and on the outbreak of war they were asked to work again with the five co-sponsoring clubs in the US and Canada to plan a way to help.
You can see the full story here.
Rotarians worldwide have now donated in excess of $15 million to he Ukraine Disaster Fund set up by The Rotary Foundation. This is providing much needed funding for relief projects like the one above.
Rotary International President Elect Jennifer Jones visited Scotland at the beginning of May.
She visited all three districts and took part in an open Zoom meeting with Rotarians from across the country.
As well as a club visit, she went to a RotaKids club who demonstrated what they do, and planted a tree in Cumbernauld Peace Garden, where she also got into the swing of the Wrap Up project!
You can see a few photos of her visit to D1020 and watch the Zoom meeting here.
District 1020's own Gordon McInally has been selected to serve as Rotary International Presdident for the year 2023-24.
Gordon is a member of South Queensferry, a past District Governor of D1020 and a past President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. He is currently an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and vice chair of the Operations Review Committee.
Congratulations to Gordon, this is a richly deserved appointment, and we know he will be a first-rate RI President.
You can see more about his appointment here.
PDG Jo Pawley and Sue Hope from Freedom From Fistula were interviewed on Rotary Radio for the Global Grant being done in 1020.
You can hear the interview here.
A special Covid-19 grant from The Rotary Foundation has allowed clubs in the District to supply tablets to day centres, care homes or hospitals in their locality who deal with dementia patients.
Work in a local district general hospital highlighted that the use of technology and various meeting platforms could bring individuals together remotely. This was found to be a highly positive experience for patients, families and staff increasing the social contact with families while reducing distress and agitation with dementia patients.
With guidance from the dementia nurse specialist, staff downloaded music, games, puzzles and painting apps to tablets and were very enthused when the cognitively impaired individuals with a little prompting in the beginning were soon mastering the technology and the games. The technology was also used to allow carers and families be in contact daily with patients who were identified as being isolated and vulnerable.
District 1020 applied for this special grant from The Rotary Foundation, which allowed us to supply each club in the district who wish to participate with four tablets which they can provide to suitable centres or care homes in their area. A Global Grant providing local support to the vulnerable in our communites.
More details of the scheme can be found here.
After decades of work across 47 countries on the continent, the World Health Organization has certified the Africa region polio free.