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2021 Focus on End Polio Now     

Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of Polio worldwide. This potentially fatal infectious disease can be prevented through immunization and we are so close to achieving the goal of a polio free world. However, polio remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries. View a new strategy for the last mile. 

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Swim Vietnam Update 2021     

Jane Wake introduced our guest speaker David Siddall. David, a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of some thirty-seven years, is a member of Australian Friends for Life, a small group of volunteers, who seek to provide practical and financial support for the charity Swim Vietnam. David provided an update on the work and changes with Swim Vietnam since we last heard a presentation before the onset of COVID-19. David thanked RC Karrinyup for the generous donation, which will greatly assist in giving Vietnamese children a skill that could save their lives.

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Mukti Mission     

International Service Director Sandra McGuire introduced guest speaker Peter Warren. Peter is the current president of RC Armadale, as well as Regional Director (WA & NT) of Mukti Mission - Empowering Women & Children in India & Sri Lanka. Mukti Mission's aim is to create opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka so that they have real hope and meaningful lives. This is a new international project for RC Karrinyup this year, and we are most enthusiastic to be sponsoring four children. 

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Gifts for Wheelchairs For Kids     

Students at Churchlands SHS are engaged in community services projects. Recently the school donated to our community service team's SOS for items of winter clothing. Among donations received from the students and the school were beautiful knitted teddies and blankets. International Director Sandra delivered these to the delighted volunteers, who organise the toys and blankets to go with each wheelchair donated from RC Scarborough's Wheelchairs For Kids.

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A Visit to Bicycles 4 Humanity     

RC Karrinyup recently paid a visit to the Bicycles 4 Humanity (B4H) new workshop in Midvale. This came shortly after their nineteenth container of bikes left Fremantle for delivery to Bicycle Empowerment Centre bike shops across northern Namibia. BWH work with Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia to provide in country support and distribution. B4H WA has now sent 7,000 bikes to Africa. The 406 bikes in the latest shipment will be shared between eight bike workshops. As part of our International Service, RC Karrinyup has provided financial support to assist B4H achieve their impressive milestones.

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Support for Interplast 2021     

Rotary District 9455 Interplast Coordinator Steve Dixon, seen here with International Committee member Sandra, attended our meeting this week to receive the Rotary Club of Karrinyup's annual donation to Interplast. Started in Australia in 1983 as a joint project between Rotary and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Interplast exists to repair bodies with simple surgery and rebuild lives in developing countries. Members were keen and especially interested to hear what innovations Interplast had put in place to be able to deliver a service during the pandemic.

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ShelterBox Update 2021     

When people are plunged into crisis, Rotary Community Service Project ShelterBox Australia provides the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. RC Karrinyup has long been a supporter and this week Rotary in WA  ShelterBox Chair June, seen here with International Director Ken, attended our meeting to share updates on what ShelterBox is doing to overcome COVID-19 restrictions. Ken assured her our annual club donation in on its way. 

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Visit to Wheelchairs for Kids     

For many years Rotary Club of Karrinyup has supported Wheelchairs for Kids as part of our International Service. This week, the team organised a very inspiring visit to the fabulous new Wheelchairs for Kids workshop at Wangara. Members were most impressed by the organisation, efficiency and cleanliness of the workshop. It was also wonderful to see how much progress had been made since our last visit. Folloing a tour of the workshop, the group enjoyed morning tea and, as it was Remembrance Day, paused at 11.00 am to honour the fallen with a minute of silence. See photos on our club Facebook post.

24 October 2020 Focus on World Polio Day     

24th October is marked globally as World Polio Day, established by Rotary International. Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this potentially fatal infectious disease for which there is no cure but which can be prevented through immunization. One Day. One Focus. Ending Polio. We are so close to achieving the goal of a polio free world. RC Karrinyup has made a significant contribution to the polio eradication this week.

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Support for ROMAC     

International Director Ken Foggo introduced Wilma McBain from ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children. ROMAC is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation managed and operated entirely by volunteers. It is a combined Australia and New Zealand Rotary project, which provides medical treatment to children from developing countries in the form of life saving or dignity restoring surgery, which would not be available to them in their home countries.

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Bicycles for Humantiy     

International Director Ken Foggo introduced our guest speaker David Tucker, a member of the Rotary Club of Crawley and a driving force behind “Bicycles for Humanity WA” (B4HWA). The organisation collects old bicycles, repairs and refurbishes them and then transports them to communities in need. Since its establishment in 2011, B4HWA has transported 5700 bikes to various countries in Africa and 1000 bikes to communities in remote WA.

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Zambia Water Project     

The Zambia Water Project involved scoping and drilling a bore to sufficient depth and installation of a pump and water tank.  This has now provided clean drinking water for the school of some eighty orphaned and vulnerable children under the support of Arising Life Ministries in Ndola, Zambia as well as to the community of the Kaloko area.

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Other International Projects     

The Rotary Club of Karrinyup also provides significant financial support to:

Rotary Foundation - our club has a proud record of significant contributions to The Rotary International and world Foundation projects such as Polio Eradication.