Congratulations Malcolm Boyd on completing “100 miles for dad” in the Cotswold Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Brain Tumour Research. He completed the run one day after the anniversary of his father's (The Rotary Club of Belfast’s Past President Arthur Boyd) death having lost his battle with brain tumour cancer. To date he has raised over 19,000 (over 20k with Gift Aid) and is still collecting (see here). He thanks everyone for the donations, support and sponsorship stating that together “we have made a difference”. He asks that if his run has inspired then get out and do something good for someone else – make a difference together”.
In a poignant tribute as he finished Malcolm said: “we lost a great man, a dad, rock and mentor to many – he is missed”. His painful run was for his dad and that “maybe someone, somewhere, one day, will have more time with their loved one than we had with Dad”.
President Ivan was delighted to welcome Monday 12 June Club nominee Hannah Beattie (Victoria College) who was selected as one of the 28 Rotary Ireland students to go to Strasbourg to discuss real issues and policies in the European Parliament. She thanked the Club for the tremendous opportunity to learn policies and present in front of peers noting that she had been delighted to be chosen and that it had been a lifetime experience. Her impressive and fluent report of the very successful Irish group was very well received.
For this year's Rotary 'Kids Out Day' the Club again organised for 25 Mitchell House Special School children to visit the W5 Science and Discovery Centre at the Odyssey complex on Friday 09 June which was a great hit with the children (and the adults!).
PE Rosemary led a presentation of the Service Programmes for the 2017-18 year highlighting the 3 men who will be leading the way for Rotary across the world: RI President Ian Risely, RIBI President Denis Spiller and Rotary Ireland District Governor Garth Arnold. She introduced the Club Executive: PE Mark Davidson, VP Karen Blair, IPP Ivan McMinn, Hon. Secretary Crawford McIlveen and Hon. Treasurer David Warnock and Council members: David Boyd, Tim Browne, Brian Clements, Philip Donnan, Doris Houston,Lorna McGill,Gordon Millington and Walter Rader. She also advised that the Service Chairs will be: David Allister, VP Karen Blair, David Boyd, PP Maurice Brooks, William Cross, Doris Houston and Eric Rainey.
ShelterBox are currently responding in Peru after extreme flooding; they are also continuing to support families folowing more flash flooding and landslides in Colombia; fleeing from Boko Haram in Cameroon, Niger and Chad; drought in Somaliland; a cyclone in Mozambique and the Mosul offensive in Iraq and ongoing conflict in Syria (details below). Other areas of concern currently being monitored are: flooding in Kenya and Sri Lanka, Yemen (was) and Bangladesh (cyclone).
A highly successful and enjoyable Charity Golf Day was held at the Temple Golf Club Friday 26 May. Eight 4 balls played the course on a glorious sunny and hot day. At the meal afterwards in the sun drenched Clubhouse, golf and ballot prizes were presented by President Elect Rosemary and Doris Houston. All present enjoyed the golf and fellowship and the event raised over £2,000 for Rotary Charities.
Plenty of fellowship and chat was had by the 27 members, partners and guests, spread over 3 tables, at the latest fine dining 'Grub Club' evening at James Street South Restaurant, Belfast, Tuesday 23 May. A delicious 2 course meal, with glass of wine, was enjoyed by all. A most successful evening and our thanks are extended to PP Alan Rundle and Doris Houston for organising it. more here...
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.