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10 Community business partners and
6 Volunteers from the BVI Rugby Association
Joined together to tackle 10 projects in one day.
Partnering with the Interact Club of Road Town, the Rotaract Clubs of Virgin Gorda and Tortola, and volunteers from Wet Rollerz Painting Company, Harneys, BDO, RTW, O’Neal Webster, and the Juvenile Alternative Sentencing Programme, a productive day of hard work and fun was had by all.
Project 1 BVI - East End Library
Painting and Cleanup of East End and Long Look Community Public Library
Project 1BVI - Mount Healthy
Rotarians and family members teamed up, to spruce up, the seating area at the Mount Healthy Historical Park.
Project 1BVI - Enis Adams Primary School
The Ministry of Education and Culture supplied the paint. We supplied the enthusiasm and manpower. Two classrooms and 12 doors were painted. Several Interactors and a representative from O'Neal Webster worked alongside Rotarians.
Project 1BVI - Food Drive Tortola
Food Drive at OneMart to benefit the Family Support Network:
The Rotaract Club of Tortola took charge of the food drive to benefit FSN and was assisted by Interactors.
Project 1 BVI - Roundabout Cleanup
Clean-up of Central Roundabout in Road Town:
Project 1BVI - Ebenezer Thomas Primary School
Several High Schoolers also used this opportunity to partially fulfill their Community Service requirement.
The result was an impressive finish job with curb appeal that even a primary schooler can appreciate. #StudentsMakeAwesomePainters
Project 1BVI -Food Drive Virgin Gorda
Spearheaded by the Rotaract Club of Virgin Gorda, ten boxes of food and four cases of water were collected.
Project 1BVI- Parking Lot Palms
Project 1BVI significantly improving the aesthetics of the area.
Project 1BVI - Hovis House Maintenance
The Hovis House is the home of an elderly citizen and a pet project of the Rotary Club of Road Town.
Project 1BVI Music Room Upgrade
November is Rotary Foundation Month
What is the Rotary Foundation?
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports and funds Rotary International’s humanitarian activities locally and globally. It is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and private benefactors.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, and has since grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. The Rotary Foundation has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
What Does the Foundation Do?
The Foundation leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns. Its mission is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health; the support of education; and the alleviation of poverty. Two of its major programs are eradicating polio worldwide and promoting global peace.
How Can I Contribute?
Rotarians and benefactors can contribute to the Fund in a number of ways. You can become a:
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member with a contribution of $100 or more each year to the Annual Fund.
Rotary Celebrates World Polio Day With Nigerian Association
Nigeria's new polio free status came as a result of work pushed by not only the international health organisations but through partnerships from organisations such as Rotary International.
To mark this achievement by Nigeria, the Rotary Club of Road Town held a special meeting last evening October 24, 2015 at Fort Burt Hotel and had as special guests members of the Nigerian Association of the Virgin Islands.
Following a short presentation on the issue of polio by acting President of the Rotary Club of Road Town, Sonia M. Webster, there was a recorded video message by Dr Mansur Mustapha Dada of Nigeria, a healthcare professional who has worked on the frontlines in Africa battling infectious diseases, including the dreaded Ebola virus.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is said to be transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.
WHO said that initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. It warned that there is no cure for polio. “It can only be prevented by immunisation.”
Read full Article HERE.
Polio and Prevention
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours.
Who is at risk?
Polio can strike at any age, but it mainly affects children under five years old.
Polio is spread through person-to-person contact. When a child is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. It is then shed into the environment through the faeces where it can spread rapidly through a community, especially in situations of poor hygiene and sanitation. If a sufficient number of children are fully immunized against polio, the virus is unable to find susceptible children to infect, and dies out.
Young children who are not yet toilet-trained are a ready source of transmission, regardless of their environment. Polio can be spread when food or drink is contaminated by faeces. There is also evidence that flies can passively transfer poliovirus from faeces to food.
Most people infected with the poliovirus have no signs of illness and are never aware they have been infected. These symptomless people carry the virus in their intestines and can “silently” spread the infection to thousands of others before the first case of polio paralysis emerges.
For this reason, WHO considers a single confirmed case of polio paralysis to be evidence of an epidemic – particularly in countries where very few cases occur.
Why End Polio Now?
Why End Polio Now...
- The Human Cost: If we don’t end polio now, experts say the disease could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
- It’s Achievable: There is no cure for polio, but the polio vaccine successfully prevents cases. Success in polio eradication sets the stage for the next big global health initiative.
- It’s a Good Investment: The world has invested $9 billion dollars toward polio eradication and an independent study published in the medical journal Vaccine estimates the net economic benefits at US$40 to 50 billion over the next 20 years – a savings that can be put toward fighting other diseases.
The infrastructure for polio immunization also strengthens the systems for other health interventions.
Polio anywhere is a risk to children everywhere. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is committed to fighting the disease until every child is safe.
Approximately 70 persons from the Rotary Family visited from the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. A welcoming team of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of the BVI greeted and welcomed the visiting Rotary Family at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, West End Ferry Terminal and the Road Town Ferry Dock.
October is Economic and Community Development Month
Rotary Launches Writing Competition
The writing competition was launched earlier today September 29, 2015 at the First Impressions Primary School in Johnson's Ghut.
Acting Governor Delma Maduro, along with representatives from the three Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands; Rotary Club of Road Town- Ryan Geluk, Rotary Sunrise- Mrs Rosmary Flax and Rotary Club of Tortola- Ms Valarie Georges-Thomas and others, interacted with the students at the launch.
Giving a brief overview of the project, Mrs Maduro said this is the third year the territory is involved in the project and last year Marlie Hughes of First Impressions won the competition. Her winning story was entered in the Butterfly Story Book.
“This story book project was started here in the BVI two years ago together with the E-Club of the Caribbean and we have been very fortunate here in the BVI that we were able to produce four young authors over the years who had their stories published in this book,” said Mrs Maduro.
‘Giving something special to someone special’
The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Giving something special to someone special’.
While being engaged by President of the Rotary Club of Road Town Ryan Geluk, students threw out a number of ideas for their storyline, including doing something for a child who has a brain tumor, sharing gifts with the less fortunate, and making the dream of a less fortunate child come through. Some of the children even reflected on good deeds they would have done at some stage in their young lives.
Mrs Maduro told the student that, in addition to becoming ardent readers, they should adopt the habit of recording/documenting significant activities in their lives. “We can start writing by recording what has happened to us during the day, experiences during the day or memories…. Not just for the story book but you should get into the habit of recording things.”
According to Mrs Maduro, she and others were inspired to do same by teacher Jenny Wheatley.
All the schools throughout the territory are expected to participate in the storying writing competition. Deadline for submissions is November 13, 2015.
Students are required to get their parents’ permission and should fill out a student submission form in order to enter the competition. The stories have to be no less than 300 words and no more than 750 words, something the children of the First Impressions Primary School see as a walk in the park.
The students were implored not to make their stories long-winded and complicated but to stick to one concept and make it interesting to read.
With the competition now launched, the information will be fanned out among other schools across the territory.
AUGUST'S CLUB OF THE MONTH!!
September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day
Do not ask me to remember,
or try to make me understand,
Let me rest and know you’re with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m confused beyond your concept,
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me ’til my life is done.
- Owen Darnell
Read To Your Kids 15 Minutes A Day
Geluk said though they recognize that the resources have changed and physical books have changed to e-books, Kindles, iPads and other electronic media, it doesn’t change the importance of literacy and the need to read.
"This is why we are working with the BVI Reading Council and Teacher Lynden to promote a program to encourage all children to read for fifteen minutes each day and all parents to read to their children for fifteen minutes per day. Fifteen minutes per day does not seem like a lot; however, reading aloud to your child is proven to be the single most important thing that you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning," he said.
Geluk stated that in addition, it also builds quality time between parents and their child, something that is severely lacking in the society where television and video games have replaced books and reading.
"In fact, if we read to our children for 15 minutes each day for the first 5 years of their lives, this will equate to over 27 thousand minutes or over 450 hours of quality time."
Teacher Lynden Smith, Co-President of the BVI Reading Council during her remarks expressed her pleasure and passion to be a part of literacy in the Virgin Islands.
"My mother taught me how to read, but my father taught me to love reading," teacher Lynden stated. She also recalled that her father would read to all ten children in the evenings.
She presented the goal of "15 minutes reading, every parent, every child, every day", which is easily achieved via a bedtime story.
Teacher Lynden noted that if a child doesn't learn to read by Grade 3, they are very likely to drop out of school later.
Further, each month, members of the Rotary Club of Road Town will be visiting the local library and community center in East End, where they will be reading aloud to the children there.
According to the club, it will continue to take an active role in the annual Spelling Bee competition within the primary and secondary schools.
Rotary Club of Road Town stated that it will also continue to support the Books for Babies program which is put on by Dawn Smith and others.
During the press conference, Health Literacy and Disaster Risk Reduction Literacy were also mentioned.
Giving The Gift of Literacy
Each year the BVI family of Rotary distributes dictionaries to all grade four students territory wide as a part of its literacy promotion campaign. Distributions are scheduled to take place at various schools throughout the Territory over the next two weeks.
Rotary Expands Local Literacy Initiatives
Basic Education and Literacy is one of the key Rotary International Areas of Focus noted RCRT Past President Elvis Harrigan. This year the Rotary Club of Road Town’s literacy initiatives go well beyond the annual Dictionary Distribution to class three/ grade four students in the territory.