|ShelterBox are currently reacting to the drought in Somaliland, a self-declared state on the Horn of Africa, which is facing famine as livestock perish after three years of poor pasture. Their team has recently returned having been assessing the suitability of ShelterBox aid and securing a partnership to enable them to distribute shelter throughout the country. Although the rains have recently arrived, families are still vulnerable. Operations Team Lead, James Luxton explains that the need for shelter is still urgent in the short video.|
Congratulations to Club nominee Matthew Leonard from Darkley, Co. Armagh who has been awarded a Rotary Young Citizen 2017 Certificate. Matthew is a young man who is a male volunteer with YouthAction NI's Everyday Life Project. For a number of years he has been on a remarkable journey with YouthAction and is a worth recipient of the Certificate which was presented to him on behalf of the Club at YouthAction NI.
Proceeds from the book will go to a Rotary Fund to bring a vital water supply to Belgrove School, Rombo. To date Peter has raised over £8,000 from his previous books for Rotary Charities.
The Club were delighted to welcome Monday 24 April Limavady Rotary Club Past President Peter Jack and last year's Limavady Interact Club President Rachael Rainey who gave excellent presentations on their visit last summer to Rombo, Kenya when 7 Interactors and 5 Rotarains visited Elaine Bannon in Rombo. Elaine (from Cork) has been in Rombo for 13 years helping the Maasai people.
20 Rotarians and partners attended the powerful Gala performance of Domino at YouthAction Headquarters Friday 07 April. 11 young people acted on stage with many more backstage and front of house and the momentous production, which left the audience extremely moved, received a standing ovation from the 60 strong audience. The Club were delighted to host this performance and reception and all proceeds have been passed on to YouthAction NI by President Ivan. More here..
Recognising outstanding commitment to the community reflecting Rotary's motto "Service above Self", The Rotary Club of Belfast has awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to the Rev. Dr. Harold Good "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world".
This prestigious award is Rotary's highest honour for individuals who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal efforts and active involvement in helping others.
At the final night get-together of the local and US students, parent hosts, Highland Park adults and the TABU team presentations were made to each US participant and they each spoke eloquently, giving warm thanks to their hosts and the Club. The students, teacher and Rotarians all articulated about the wealth of experience and the hospitality received and their admiration for the programme. A full pictorial report based on their comments in their daily blog can be read on the Club website here.
The Club have posted on their blog: On behalf of President Ivan McMinn, David Boyd and the rest of the TABU team, together with all the members of the Rotary Club of Belfast, the Club appreciates the time you have spent with us and for sharing your thoughts and impressions in your excellent blog.
You impressed wherever you went and have been impeccable ambassadors for your school and the Rotary Club. We note from your interesting blogs that you have taken away a set of experiences and we hope these will stay with you for a long time, together with a soft spot for this small corner of the world. You have certainly earned a place in our hearts and we return you to your homes with a great sense of sadness at your leaving us, but also with a very large measure of optimism for the future which you will be forging for yourselves and your community.
Thank you for your impact on us and all the memories you have left with us they make all the preparation on both sides well worthwhile and reveal the unique aspects of the TABU programme.
We wish you well in all your future endeavours and simply leave you with the words of a famous Irish blessing: "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may your God hold you in the hollow of his hand".
The Club was delighted to welcome members of the 2017 TABU Exchange - the 6 students, group leader President Cynthia Plouché and Rotarian Phil Lazarus from the Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood and Highland Park High School teacher Colette Pretet - to the Club meeting Monday 27 March. Each student impressed by speaking confidently about some feature of the programme so far. Their insight and enthusiasm was inspiring.