Posted by Bob Ruehl on Oct 18, 2023
Rotary In Review
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Rotary in Review
6 October 2023A roundup of Rotary news
The value of vigilance
When a child in Malawi tested positive for wild polio in February 2022, it surprised many health experts. While several African countries are considered at high risk for a polio outbreak, Malawi wasn’t one of them. How did health workers discover the polio case? And how can they be sure it’s gone now? This process of searching for a disease is known as surveillance, something that Rotary has supported with $73.6 million in funding over the past five years. As we approach the worldwide eradication of polio, surveillance will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the world is truly polio-free. Explore how Rotary and its partners are using surveillance to hunt the virus.
This week's stories
Climbing mountains to raise money for polio eradication
Climbing Like Ibrahim started several years ago when two members of Rotaract in France, with the help of their clubs, began a fundraiser in honor of their friend, a polio survivor. Their friend, Ibrahim, frequently mentioned how going to school for him was like climbing mountains every day. The Rotaractors set out to climb mountains to raise funds for polio eradication, so no more children would have to “climb mountains” to go to school. Read about their latest effort, the sixth iteration of the fundraiser, which involved 18 stages crossing 922 kilometers (570 miles) of the Pyrenees in France.
Vietnam gets a Rotaract Club
The charter president, president, and vice president of the Rotaract Club of One Million Lives Saigon, Vietnam, are all women. Ha Vo Nguyet Le, the main organizer of the club, says the women have been drawn together by their desire to do good works. Her inspiration came from a primary school teacher in the highland province of Dak Lak, who purchased bicycles to assist underprivileged students who belonged to an ethnic minority. Read more about the Rotaract club, which chartered in February.
Shape-shifting Singapore
Think you know Singapore? Rotary magazine editor in chief Wen Huang explored the ever-changing city in advance of the 2024 Rotary International Convention. Listen to this podcast of Huang’s visit, during which he steeped himself in the culture and natural beauty of the garden city through its food, architecture, and people.
Submit your Interact video by 3 December
The 2023 Interact Awards is your opportunity to showcase how Interactors change the world. Submit videos, photos, and essays by 3 December for a chance to be named "Best Video," "Best Photo," or "Best Essay." Winners receive funds to support their Interact clubs’ next projects. Learn how to enter.

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