By Adrian Nelson, Director of Public Image & Communications, Rotary District 9800
This month, Rotary turns 112 and our District has decided to get out and celebrate. On Saturday 25th February, we are holding our special Rotary Showcase in the Atrium of Federation Square.
Following last month’s Australia Day celebration around Lake Weeroona in Bendigo, where we had 25 marquees showcasing a variety of community, international and regional Rotary projects and programs, our special day in Melbourne will highlight even more how we do good in the world.
It’s a unique opportunity for Rotarians to see first hand the variety of activities we are involved in. It will also be perfect to invite your friends and family with whom you are always talking about Rotary. If your club has anyone interested in joining Rotary or has been a volunteer in any of your projects, this will inspire them even further.
The exhibitors are divided into three broad areas: Youth Development, Community Programs, and International Programs. Internationally, exhibits range from the Solar Smiles Dental Chair program which provides dental care to children in Cambodia to Seven Women that provides vocational assistance to women in Nepal. We will have a ShelterBox on display to highlight Rotary’s international disaster relief, plus Disaster Aid Australia will have their sky hydrant water filter that supplies safe drinking water to remote locations. We will focus on Polio Eradication, medical reconstructive surgery, the Sumba Eye programme and Days for Girls, plus much more.
Community Health programs on display include our Rotary Cancer Research, Australian Rotary Health, blood pressure testing and how defibrillators save lives. Showcasing other community programs including BusyFeet, Violence Free Families, and Camp Getaway, we introduce the new Project Embrace. Women in Rotary will promote the diversity of Rotary.
Any Showcase of Rotary could not be complete without promoting our outstanding Youth Development programs, from EarlyAct to the Model United National Assembly, or from Youth Exchange to the National Youth Science Forum. We plan to have alumni from all these great initiatives to explain how they make a difference to young lives.
Please take the time to come along on the 25th. It will make any Rotarian proud to wear a badge. The Choir of Hard Knocks will perform and on the big screens we will be showing some inspirational stories and videos about Rotary. The event is free from 9am-5pm and suitable for all ages.
In the week of Rotary’s birthday, it will be a true celebration of how Rotary truly is Doing Good In The World.