Archive for Month: April 2020
Breathe Easy Talk- March 2020
On Friday 6th March Jenny Smith and Diane Avery spoke about the charity Breathe Easy.
Jenny explained that her mother in law had problems with her lungs and she joined Banbury
Breathe Easy. Jenny started going with her to the meetings and the Chairman Rev Keith Wakely asked her
to become secretary. Breathe Easy is a support group for people with lung problems and breathing difficulties for all ages.
It is supported by the British Lung Foundation which was started in 1956. People with lung conditions and those who care for them often feel alone. Making friends is important and Breathe Easy provides
a good opportunity to enable this to happen. The membership includes ‘fit’ volunteers who help out as well as dedicated health professionals from the Horton Hospital.
The Group raise smoney for the British Lung Foundation which undertakes research but also provides funds locally for respiratory equipment at the Horton Hospital and for the Oxon Community Respiratory
AGM Meeting – 24th Apr 2020
The AGM will be held on Friday 24th April at 1pm by Zoom and email
Further information should have been received by email and is also available in the members section of this site which members can log into using the link at the bottom of the home page.
Global polio infrastructure & Covid-19
In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.
The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.
We can be proud that in the ever-connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address — and stop the spread of — the new coronavirus, in addition to serving countless other health needs. In Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where polio personnel and assets have a significant presence, workers from all GPEI partners are engaged in surveillance, health worker training, contact tracing, and more. In 13 countries, polio volunteers have been deployed to address COVID-19 preparations and response.
We recognize that the COVID-19 emergency means that some aspects of the polio eradication program will be affected. While addressing the new challenges of today, the most important thing that Rotary members can do to continue the fight to end polio is to sustain our commitment. We are aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $50 million this year so we can work to safely reach all children with the polio vaccine. In the midst of a global pandemic, we understand that attention to polio eradication will be temporarily diverted, and this makes it all the more vital for Rotarians to remain strongly committed to fighting polio and not let our progress be eroded.