Archive for Month: February 2020
End Polio powers ahead – Feb 2020
The proceeds of many of Banbury Rotary fund-raising events includes a contribution towards the phenomenally successful End Polio Now campaign.
Only Afghanistan and Pakistan still continue to report cases of wild poliovirus, the remaining challenges to global eradication – amongst which the difficulty reaching children amid insecurity and conflict and weak health systems – have proven to be the most difficult.
In a final push to eradicate the disease for everyone and forever, a delegation of Rotary International leaders from around the world traveled to Pakistan this week to meet with government leaders including Prime Minister Imran Khan, Minister of Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Dr. Rana Safdar, head of Pakistan’s Polio National Emergency Operations Centre.
Our efforts are further buoyed by the news, on 22 January, that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would extend their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication. Under the agreement, Rotary commits to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.
This expanded agreement will yield up to $450 million to hopefully complete the process of polio eradication from planet Earth.
Cheque to Children Heard and Seen
Today a cheque of almost £2600 was presented to Rod Diaz of charity Children Heard and Seen.
The cheques was part of proceeds from the 2019 Children Singing for Children Concerts which went towards supporting four different charities.
Children Heard and Seen is a charity which provides support and interventions for children with a parent in prison. The charity was set up in 2014, with a focus on reducing intergenerational offending, and mitigating the impacts of parental imprisonment for children and young people. This support is primarily across Oxfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
In 2019 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the exceptional service within their communities.
What we Do – The Bulletin
If you want to get a flavour of what it’s like to be a member of the Banbury Rotary Club you could try browsing through some of the recent local monthly bulletins.
You’ll find we combine action within the community with fun and camaraderie.
Why not take a look?
2020 Banbury Young Musician of the Year
On Saturday 1st February a capacity audience at Tudor Hall School enjoyed excellent musical performances by over 50 local young musicians giving the professional adjudicators an extremely hard task following which they unanimously selected Jessica as the best young musician in the Banbury area.
Together with Arthur Kemp and Teddy Sealey, she now goes forward to the District Finals on Sunday 1st March in reading. Good luck to them all.