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Canada Partners with Rotary Foundation Canada to Eradicate Polio Worldwide and Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries
 
August 1, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
 
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
 
During the next four years, the Government of Canada will contribute two dollars for every dollar raised by Rotary Foundation Canada in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Endgame Strategy, to a maximum contribution of $12 million. The funds will be provided to UNICEF to support the goal of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018.
 
The renewal of the partnership reinforces Canada’s ongoing leadership on polio. It builds on the Pennies & More for Polio initiative, through which Rotary Foundation Canada raised $2.2 million between 2012 and 2013, which was matched by the Government of Canada.
 
The Government of Canada will also contribute up to $6 million to support Rotary Foundation Canada’s efforts to help advance maternal, newborn and child health, secure the future of children and youth, and increase sustainable economic growth in under-served communities in developing countries.
 
Today, the world stands on the verge of being able to end the preventable deaths of women and children within a generation. Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to work with Canadian and international partners to achieve this goal.
Quick Facts
  • Canada’s support for these initiatives reflects Canada’s commitment to three of its top international development priorities: securing the future of children and youth, stimulating sustainable economic growth and improving maternal, newborn and child health—Canada’s top international development priority.
  • Polio is one of the world’s most enduring infectious diseases and mainly affects children under the age of five. Addressing polio through immunization is one of the most cost-effective health interventions to end preventable child mortality.
  • Since 1988, the global incidence of polio has decreased by over 99 percent, largely through the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), to which Canada was a founding donor.
  • Since 1988, at least 2.5 billion children around the world have been immunized. Today, more than 10 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the polio virus are walking thanks to global polio eradication efforts.
  • In October 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was honoured to receive the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award for his longstanding support for, and continued leadership in, efforts to eliminate polio around the world.
  • Canada is a global leader in immunization to improve the health and survival of women and children.
Quotes
“We cannot stand idle while women and children in developing countries die of causes that are easily and inexpensively prevented. That is why Prime Minister Harper has taken a leadership role in addressing the health challenges faced by women, newborns and children in the world’s poorest countries. Polio immunization, given in several doses, can protect a child against polio for life. This can have significant implications for their ability to be productive and contributing members of their societies. This initiative will bring us one step closer to achieving our collective vision of a polio-free world.”
— The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
 
“I am proud that our government is supporting the efforts of Rotary Foundation Canada to impact the world by focusing on improving the health, education and livelihoods of those who are most in need. Canada is committed to increasing maternal, newborn and children health, building sustainable economic growth and securing a better future for children and youth.”
— Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville
 
“Our government is pleased to support the work of partners like Rotary Canada who are actively engaged in advancing women’s and children’s health. This effort to eradicate polio will save and improve many lives. I encourage donors to support generously the work that Rotary Canada is doing to fight polio.”
— The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country
 
 

 
 

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February is Rotary Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
Sixty million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Invite others to join Rotary and help spread peace around the world.
60th Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction
 
Now in its 60th year, the Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction returns on Tuesday, February 23rd. Sports fans will enjoy an evening of celebrating sport and creating opportunities for children and youth to reach beyond disability.
 
This year’s event will be held at the Metroland Media Agriplex at the Western Fair District.
 

Hometown hero and Olympic Decathlete Damian Warner will be at the even as Sports Person of the Year.

Former Toronto Maple Leaf captains Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler and Rick Vaive will also be in attendance along with London Knights’ co captains Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak; Lightings’ Kyle Julius and Garrett Williamson; Kate Gosling, Western hockey & Team Canada. Our host for the evening will be Londoner Christine Simpson of Rogers Sportsnet.

The new venue is set up for those having dinner (Adult $150, Student $75) but it also allows for bleacher seats at $20 a ticket.  Contact Bob Earley for tickets. .

The Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction supports the work of Thames Valley Children's Centre and is proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of London and the London Sports Media.
 

“We’re All Stars” Luncheon
As part of the Sports Celebrity Dinner on Tuesday, February 23rd, earlier in the day at the Metroland Media Agriplex the special children from Thames Valley Children’s Centre will enjoy a pizza luncheon with a number of the sports celebrities. 8 to 10 Rotarians are needed to help set up, serve the pizza, and clean up from 10:30 to 11:15 approx.  If you are interested in volunteering for the “We’re All Stars” luncheon please email Carrie at Carrie.Connell@tvcc.on.ca
 
Link to Database for Syrian Refugee Donations - Rotary Club of London Initiative
More than 800 Syrian refugees will be resettled in London by the end of February. It is our chance to help this group feel welcomed in Canada. Please fill out this form if you would like to contribute to the Rotary Club of London's initiative to collect gently used clothing, furniture, housewares and anything you deem useful for these families. Please share this link to those you think might be interested.  

Link to form: Click here—>http://goo.gl/forms/yPyghSp3tI

Alternatively, you can email Linna Nguyen (linnan87@gmail.com) with: 1. Contact information (telephone number);
2. Address; 3. What you can commit to donating
 

Danli, Honduras Primary School Kids Scholarships

It is our goal to send $35,000 Canadian to support 268 primary school children - approximately $100 US per child.
 
If you said you would support 1 or more students this year you are asked to make your donation in January as the school year begins in February when we will be asked to forward our financial support. In addition, if you indicated you were willing to contact family and friends to ask for 1 or more $100 USD sponsorships it would be appreciated if you were to do so over the next few weeks. 
 
Primary School Scholarships for Kids in Danli, Honduras Contribution Form
 
Yes, I would Like to help….
Name:   _______________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

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Phone:  (____) ____ - _______

Email:  _______________________________________

Credit Card -   Visa   ____     Mastercard  _____

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Expiry Date:  _____ / _____

Signature: _____________________________________

I will sponsor _____ kids at US$100 each = US$ ______

I will donate $______ to the program
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Please make cheques payable to:  The Rotary Club of London Foundation 
 
and return this Contribution Form to:
The Rotary Club of London
P.O. Box 29056
London, ON
N6K 4L9
 
A full tax receipt will be issued for your donation. Thank you!
 

 
 

To celebrate 100 years of service to the London community, Rotary clubs in London are donating $100,000 to install a 14-foot illuminated clock in the tower at Covent Garden Market.  

Highly visible to patrons of Budweiser Gardens and the Market, the clock will enhance the area known as Rotary Square that is home to the Rotary Skating Rink and numerous community events.

Construction will begin in late fall with the official grand opening in March 2015. The same clock builder installed the clock in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa – The Verdin Company.  

The clock will be a spectacular enhancement to the existing Market structure and beautify the area while raising the profile of Rotary Square.  

Rotary Clock

 
 
 
100 Years of Service Above Self
 

 
 
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