ShelterBox Goes To The Movies For New Bond Film’s Royal Premiere

Originally posted on ShelterBox Australia's Blog:

photo of Daniel Craig as James Bond, in the cockpit of a crashed helicopter

ShelterBox is honoured to have been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 October.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, theRoyal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which this year will be the World Premiere of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.

The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. SPECTRE will be the third Bond film chosen since the Royal Film Performances began in 1946.

Their Royal Highnesses were invited to nominate two further charities to benefit from this year’s event. ShelterBox was…

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ShelterBox Provides Tents For Migrant Crisis in Greece

Originally posted on ShelterBox Australia's Blog:

Young Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesbos Kara Tepe Camp on a hillside outside the main port of Mytilene. ©Rachel Harvey, ShelterBox

As Greece buckles under its own economic pressures, it is also under stress from a growing external pressure. Every day boatloads of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan arrive from Turkey on islands such as Lesbos. ShelterBox is sending tents to help in overwhelmed transit camps.

It is a short three mile sea journey from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. But this proximity has made it a stepping stone on a journey of despair. Some days as many as 2,000 migrants arrive in small vessels on the island’s northern beaches. Most are fleeing war in Syria and Afghanistan, with hopes of heading further into Western Europe.

For these families any sense of relief at finally setting foot on European soil is soon crushed by a stark reality…

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A milestone for polio eradication in Nigeria

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

150724_mcgovernBy Michael McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee

Today is a special milestone for global health and for every Rotary member. Today, Nigeria has gone one year with no new cases of wild poliovirus.

This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way; it was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa – three-quarters of all cases in the world.

A vaccinator in Maiduguri looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of an immunization drive in Northern Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez A vaccinator looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of a polio immunization drive in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Last year, thanks to its extensive polio eradication infrastructure, Africa’s most populous nation was able to reduce polio cases by 90 percent and thwart the deadly Ebola virus with a swift, “world-class” response.

I had the…

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Rotary Day winning video

Originally posted on Rotary Voices:

By Rotary Voices staff

From the time he took office, RI President Gary C.K. Huang invited Rotary clubs and districts to hold a special Rotary Day during 2014-15 to introduce community members to Rotary. He also encouraged them to submit short videos of these events for a chance to receive special recognition. Congratulations to District 2430 (Turkey), whose video — included here — was the winning entry. Twelve other videos were chosen as finalists.

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Celebrating our accomplishments through Rotary Days

Originally posted on Rotary Service Connections | English:

By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff

Over the past year, we expanded our impact by inviting the community to learn about our good work as we celebrated our accomplishments through a variety of community engagements. More than 400 clubs and districts around the world heeded President Gary C.K. Huang’s call to Light Up Rotary through unique Rotary Day events.

Congratulations to Rotary District 2430, Turkey, winner of the year-long video contest on their winning Rotary Day submission:

View the 12 video finalists from around the world:

District 3480, Taiwan District 3480, Taiwan

RID4170_Mexico District 4170, Mexico

Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs of El Salvador Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs of El Salvador

RID2440_Turkey District 2440, Turkey

District 3510, Taiwan District 3510, Taiwan

Rotary Club of Kokura East, Japan Rotary Club of Kokura East, Japan

Four Rotary clubs of Fort Collins The Four Rotary clubs of Fort Collins

District 4895, Argentina District 4895, Argentina

Rotary Club of Atibaia-Estância, Brazil Rotary Club of Atibaia-Estância, Brazil

Rotary Club of Calapan, Philippines Rotary Club of Calapan, Philippines

Rotary Club of Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne, France Rotary Club of Levroux-Boischaut-Champagne, France

District 3230, India District 3230, India


  • Check out the compilation of #RotaryDays photos on Twitter and Instagram
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Rotary International Convention 2015, Sao Paula

Originally posted on ShelterBox Australia's Blog:

ShelterBox had a strong presence at the Rotary International Convention, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. ShelterBox HQ staff, affiliate and Response Team volunteers were on hand to answer questions from Rotarians from around the world.

Throughout the weekend, a video was played to demonstrate the relationship between ShelterBox and Rotary and how the partnership has helped to reach and shelter people following the Nepal earthquakes. You can watch it here:

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Rotary Youth logos changing – watch this space

About a year ago, Rotary carried out a survey with a simple question: How can we bring our youth program logos closer to Rotary and align them with our new visual guidelines? From the responses, it was made clear that any change should include Rotary, be consistent with our voice and visual identity, and express the history of these programs even as we engage future participants:

  • 74% of you prefer a Rotaract design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 75% prefer an Interact design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 77% want a stronger connection between Youth Exchange and Rotary
  • 82% want a stronger connection between RYLA and Rotary

As you know, these programs have made a positive difference in our world for decades. We’ve developed leaders through RYLA, built international understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, and worked side-by-side with Interactors and Rotaractors to take action in our communities. But, just like Rotary, these programs have never received the recognition they deserve. Members of the public often don’t know our programs, why they matter, and how they are connected to Rotary’s story.

In the coming days, we will be rolling out a new visual identity for these programs that helps make that connection to Rotary more clear. Now when we continue to tell our inspiring story of the great work these young leaders make in communities around the world, they will know it is an extension of the Rotary brand. This new visual identity won’t replace your memories — the framed RYLA certificate on your wall, the well-loved Interact T-shirts in your drawer, or the many Youth Exchange pins on your blazer. It won’t erase your fondness for your Rotaract lapel pin or traditional club banner. Instead, we hope our effort builds on those positive feelings and gives you new ways to share your Rotary story with even more young leaders worldwide.

After all, there is no better Rotary brand than youth. You are Rotary’s values in action. You are our voice. And together we can share your Rotary experience with even more leaders.

Learn more about how these visual changes to our programs will strengthen Rotary’s image in our voice and visual identity guidelines.

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