On Immunisation Day, Jonathan and two other UK Rotarians manned a booth in the suburbs of Delhi.
“It was a rather carnival atmosphere,” says Jonathan “This was deliberate to draw in the children for immunisation”.
“After completing Polio Immunisation Day in India - I was working in the slums of Delhi, which was an incredible and challenging experience”
Rotarians and other volunteers go out twice a year to help Rotary clubs in the area reach as many children as possible. There are other regular vaccination events but these larger National Immunisation Days (NID) draw huge numbers of children and families. Visiting Rotarians have a curiosity value that attracts children in the slums and remote villages who do not meet many British people.
Although India is polio free the job is not yet complete. Rotary wants to keep India’s children safe from polio and will keep immunising every child to spare them from a life of disabilities and pain.
The immunisation drive is part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Thanks to Rotary’s efforts, the number of endemic countries has dropped from 125 to three: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. India has been declared polio free but there is always the threat of re-infection from migrant workers and people seeking refuge from war-torn countries who may be carrying the virus and it is critical to maintain ongoing high levels of vaccination take up.
more Congratulations our members who have been recognised both in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and taken office in their Community
more News Items from DG Alison's Year
more World Rotary Day (23 February) was marked in South Wales by Rotarians from the area celebrating the milestone $1 million they have raised towards the major goal of eradicating Polio worldwide
more Organisational holding folder
more A SONG TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE END OF WW1
more Howard Craven of Swansea is to be honoured with the prestigious Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Community Champion award for his work to help Parc Prison inmates to reclaim their lives.
more Youth Competitions in 2018
more When a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life saving vaccine.
more Eight teams from across District 1150 gathered at Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay for the final of the Welsh District Youth Speaks. All had qualified from earlier rounds.
more The Sadler family were overwhelmed with the support from the American Rotarians.
more Rotary Cardiff celebrates the 100 years of its Charter on Wednesday 1st November 2017. The dinner will take place where Rotary held its first ever meeting in Wales.
more Not only did RC Swansea support a charity event at a local school their DIY skills made a range of games that helped to raise nearly £2000 for the school.
more The UK government is pledging £100m in the fight against polio.
more Young people from 16 different countries are converging on Southern Wales District from 20 to 30 July on a real Welsh Cultural Adventure through the Rotary International Youth Camp.
more Ndori, Western Kenya, villagers have been unable to overcome the effects of severe droughts resulting in increased poverty, malnutrition, hunger and destitution. The project aims to drill a fresh borehole to provide, via a solar pump, reliable fresh water
more The fourth annual Welsh Dragon Boat Championship was held at Llysyfran Reservoir and Country Park, Sunday 28 May, supported by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club.
more Cardiff Rotary hosted an early celebration of their 100 year birthday with a reception at Cardiff Castle which included a Beating Retreat Ceremony by the Band of The Royal Welsh.
more The Award, presented to George Mercer of the Rotary Club of Cardiff, was for creating change and opportunity within the field of membership development.
more Competitors from all over southern Wales gathered in the impressive setting of Cowbridge Comprehensive School for the Intermediate and Senior final of Youth Speaks for the District.
more Bowls competition rolls ahead.
more To coincide with the Rio Paralympics, attendees tried out 30 disabled sports at the National Indoor arena at Cardiff Met University, beating the previous record by 200.
more DGE Maggie Hughes was invited to represent Rotary at an event held at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff to celebrate the communities, organisations and individuals who are helping to make Wales a dementia friendly nation.
more The Narberth and Whitland Rotary Clubs Sounds Fantastic showcases these young people in a fantastic afternoon of Musical Excellence.
more A section of the A4119 Tonypandy by-pass has been named Rhondda Rotary Way to celebrate the Rhondda club"™s 60th birthday.