May is Youth Services Month

Youth Service

Youth Service has been the cornerstone of many of the club activities within Rotary in Beds, Bucks and Herts.

Clubs in District 1260 continue to ensure that the youth in our communities benefit from the many and varied skills of our members. With Rotary youth programmes, RotaKids, Interact, Rotary Young Leaders Award RYLA), International Youth Camp, Rotary Youth Exchange and organizing RIBI youth competitions such as Technology Tournaments, Young Musician, Young Chef, Young Writer, Young Citizen and now Young Artist.

One Woman’s Resolve to Eradicate polio in Pakistan

Rotarians in Beds, Bucks and Herts have been working hard to continue to raise funds for Rotary End Polio Now. The RIBI Purple4Polio awareness campaign has encouraged clubs to plant purple crocus corms, raise funds through selling purple crocus buttonholes and organise tea parties using the Wilkin and Sons Purple4Polio Jam and Typhoo Tea.

Purple4Polio Ice Cream is now available nationally and we are featuring this special ice cream as part of the menu on Foundation Friday at the forthcoming District Conference.

Just 5 cases of the Wild Polio Virus 1: 2 in Pakistan and 3 in Afghanistan have been reported this year to date. However, this week 6 WPV1 positive environmental samples were collected (4 in Pakistan and 2 in Afghanistan).

Life for polio vaccinators in Pakistan can be difficult and often very dangerous. Here is the story of Fiaz Bibi a polio vaccination Team Leader working in Pakistan.

Having prepared an afternoon meal for her family, Fiaz Bibi, a woman in her late 20s, covers herself in a black burqa and leaves for local dispensary. Crossing muddy, uneven path that connects her one bedroom house to the main village road, she waits for 5-6 minutes scanning both sides of road for any rickshaw sign that will take her to dispensary. But there is none, and she decides to walk up to dispensary. Covering 4-5kms on thorny road, braving the weather and judging eyes of neighbourhood men, she reaches dispensary.

It’s second day of door-to-door Polio vaccination campaign in her area and Fiaz Bibi is a Polio Vaccination Team Lead in this remote village near Wah Cantonment. Her decision to work for polio eradication finds strength in her love for humanity, and for her community.

Women in Pakistan have been a centripetal force in the country’s drive against Polio, zeroing in on their target with an unfaltering resolve, despite several sociocultural and economic constraints.

You can read the rest of Fiaz’s story by clicking the following link:   ‘The Nation’ 19th April 2017

Foundation Friday at District Conference

The Foundation Friday event at the May District Conference will feature the culmination of the silent auction for the Shaun and Gromit hand painted figurines. Bids have been coming in thick and fast, total bids so far stand at over £800.00.

Let’s see if we can break the £1,000 barrier – you can bid for these unique characters by clicking the following link:

Wheelchair Relay Steam Car 

It’s great to see and hear all the social and community events taking place in the district. The Wheelchair Relay, which began in Manchester at the end of the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Conference and entered the district in Bedford was a great success. The sports wheelchair was taken by different modes of transport to Spinal Units throughout the UK and Ireland and was finally transported by a steam driven car from RAF Wendover to the start of the Inter Spinal Unit Games at the WheelPower headquarters at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Barbara and I have had a great time visiting a Swimarathon, District Indoor Bowls Final, May Day Celebrations and many other Rotary related events.

To date six defibrillators have been handed over as part of the District Foundation Centenary Global Grant. Another nine will be sited within the three counties in the next couple of months.

Chalmers Cursley
District Governor