by Kallan Lyons
Every six seconds a child dies of hunger and related causes.
This is just one of several haunting statistics shared by Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization striving to eradicate world hunger.
On Saturday March 7th, Rotaractors joined the Rotary Club of Toronto for a day of packaging food followed by fellowship in support of this life-saving charity.
Volunteers of all ages participated in the production line: from pouring to bagging, and weighing to sealing. Friendly competition among the three teams fueled the packaging of 40,000 meals in just a few hours: meals destined for Northern Ontario to feed Aboriginal children and their families.
Amidst the laughter and music that helped push along the assembly line were many memorable moments. Most notably, participants were given a chance to sample the food- a combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin powder that only requires you to add water and has a shelf life of three years. Kids Against Hunger has mastered their meal. One bag feeds six children, contains all essential nine amino acids for nutrition and is abundant with flavour.
Since its inception Kids Against Hunger has provided over 200 million meals for children and their families in more than 60 countries. It is thousands of volunteers who make it all possible.
As one of those volunteers, I am happy I could do my small part to help in this initiative. Tonight I’ll be thinking about the 1.2 billion people who go to bed hungry every night. And I will continue to let people know there is something you can do about it.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Toronto for hosting such a great and meaningful event!
This annual conference (inspired from Dr. Seuss’ award winning book and movie: The Lorax) gathers all friends of the Rotary family. Whether or not you are a Rotarian, Rotaractor, Interactor or otherwise, we want you to join us! We want to help you develop your soft skills and to get a better understanding of yourself. Furthermore, learn what we’re all about!
Registration Opens 12:00AM on March 1st, 2015
Early-Bird Ticket (March 1st to March 31st): $25.00/person [Code: 2015EarlyBird]
Late-Bees Ticket (April 1st to May 15th): $35.00/person
Gather with the Rotary family in this annual conference!
Rotary Peace Fellows Jarunee Jarusruangchai of Bangkok, Thailand, left, and Chia-Yin Lin of Taiwan chat while studying at the International Christian University (ICU) located in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan.
Peace Fellows – Unversity of Queensland
Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Check out the Rotary Peace Map on the Rotarian Action Group for Peace website to see where our alumni are creating positive change.
Applications for the 2016-17 Rotary Peace Fellowships program are now being accepted. The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.
APPLY NOW: https://rotary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wFEUPua7IVwK6V
Find everything you need to complete the application process on the Peace Fellowships Application page.
WHAT ARE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Two types of peace fellowships are available.
We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:
Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
International Christian University, Japan
University of Bradford, England
University of Queensland, Australia
Uppsala University, Sweden
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE
For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.
This year, the 6th Annual Blueprint for the Future is going to camp.
Get your early bird tickets from now until March 11
Join us along with 300 guests for a summer-themed evening in support of providing 100 children with a memorable week of summer camp. Arrive early to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer or bid on silent auction items. All guests have the chance to win the coveted door prize.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Berkeley Church,
315 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON.
Pre-Dinner Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Networking Dinner & Entertainment: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dinner guests will be treated to delicious summer inspired dinner, for “campers” prepared by L-eat Catering during the networking dinner portion of the evening.
We welcome, Hazel Wheldon , M.A. President & COO, MHS Inc., during the evening program and entertainment, along with other celebrated guests.
Take advantage of early bird ticket pricing or make a $60 donation to provide one child with one day of fun at a TKBGC summer camp. Each of our dinner guests will be able to take home an event gift bag.
*Dinner ticket purchasers will receive a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount.
By: Sarah Hui
Now, that I’ve captured your attention let me breakdown the title of the article.
The Rotaract Club of Toronto (RAC TO) attended the Rotary International (RI) United Nations (UN) Day located at the headquarters (HQ) of the UN in New York City (NYC) on November 1, 2014.
Ten Rotaractors from our club attended this annual one day conference where more than 1,300 Rotarians and Rotaractors come together to gain further insight into the relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations. We got to hear from inspirational leaders and officials from the United Nations, UN affiliated Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and Rotary International.
The theme of this year’s conference was Peace and Polio and the day started with an introduction from Joseph Laureni, the Rotary Primary Representative to the United Nations, and Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General, who spoke about post-2015 development planning. Amina went on to speak about the sustainability of the UN Millennium Development Goals and creating an impact. She spoke about the 17 goals to shape the next 15 years.
Nina Schwalbe, Principal Health Advisor at UNICEF was the United Nations Keynote speaker who spoke about Polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria and more recently the breakout of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona. She mentioned that through the work of PolioPlus, that Rotarians actually contributed to the response of Ebola though the ground work that was already set up for Polio. It allowed those on the ground the ability to conduct early identification of those who may have come into contact with the virus which then limited the spread of the disease. She highlighted the importance of the partnership between Rotary and UNICEF.
Gary C.K. Huang, President 2014-15 of Rotary International, gave an inspirational talk on lighting up Rotary through the connection of clubs in more than 200 countries around the world with the common goal of service. At one point in his speech, the lights dimmed and Rotarians and Rotaractors were looking for their flashlight to “Light Up Rotary.” As moments passed, the room went from having one light lit to a room full of light.
John Kenny, Trustee Chair of The Rotary Foundation was the Rotary Keynote Speaker who spoke of the 69 year relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations. He spoke of the Rotary Peace Centres that have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building as well as the National Immunization Days which are nationwide mass campaigns to deliver supplemental doses of oral poliovirus vaccines.
Nana Taona Kuo, Senior Manager at Every Woman Every Child Health Team at the Executive Office of the UN Secretary- General was another United Nations Keynote speaker who spoke about the goal to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. The website of Every Woman Every Child states that it “is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children.”
After these speakers, we got to select from a number of morning breakout discussion speakers which included:
– Water and Peace Panel
– Youth and Peace Panel
– Economic Development Panel
There were also afternoon breakout discussion speakers which included:
– Peace and Conflict Resolution Panel
– Human Trafficking Panel
– Women’s Health Panel
Each of these panels had a good variety of speakers from universities, Rotary, United Nations, and non-governmental organizations.
I highly recommend the Rotary International United Nations Day for all Rotaractors and Rotarians as we not only got to hear from a number of influential speakers who are making an impact on the world, we got to spend a memorable weekend with our fellow Rotaractors. I was going to make a top 10 list of my favourite activities from that weekend but I ended up with a top 40 list instead.
1. Meeting Patrick Adams from Suits at the Airport
2. Neisely’s instant call to Tryp so that we could get into our hotel room
3. Christmas Festival in Bryant Park
4. Jumping off the steps of the New York Public Library
5. Grand Central Station’s beauty
6. UN Security Council Chambers
7. Napping on a bench in the UN
8. Rockefellar Centre and Shopping at Uniqlo
9. Group Social Media Costume
10. Dinner trip adventure – uber, Halloween parade, pizza, bubble tea and ice cream
11. Bayside the Musical
12. Times Square in the Rain
13. Making it up onto the red steps before they closed it due to rain
1. Rotary International United Nations Conference
2. Group photo with Gary Huang, President of Rotary International
3. Economic Development and Human Trafficking Breakout
4. Lighting up Rotary
5. Breaking into song and sway at the end of the conference
6. Shopping with Lisa
7. White Castle
8. Mad dash like a New Yorker to If/Then with Lisa
9. Orchestra seats of If/Then with Idina Menzel
10. No seriously, Idina Menzel
11. Fate. Destiny. Love Story of If/Then <3
12. Gale force winds of Empire State
13. Neisely name dropping Robert P. for ticket discounts
1. Sushi hug with Kim
2. Sunday brunch in Soho
3. Cupcakes at the original Magnolia Bakery
4. Walking and photos along the Hudson River
5. Wall Street
6. Statue of Liberty from Battery Park
7. Paul’s Eataly
8. Graham and Night Terrors
9. Family Room at Tryp
10. Doruk and cleaning
11. Photo shoots with Maria
12. Asking New Yorkers to take group photos for us and having faith that nobody would run off with my camera
13. Strolling and getting lost in the different neighbourhoods of NYC
14. Delayed flight so that we can spend more time together <3
Please see below for some quotes from some of the Rotaractors who participated in the trip this year:
“The whole weekend was fun, if I had to chose one it would be the dinner at Le Petit Poulet with the Montreal Rotaractors ‘French food with real French people.’”
“The opportunity to experience the pulse of New York, one of the globe’s true world cities, was amazing in itself. However, being able to explore the city with delegates from the Rotaract Club of Toronto was especially wonderful for me. I really enjoyed tasting all of the great New York dishes (bagel and pretzel stands, of course), and laughing hysterically at the show ” Bayside! The Musical!” — a parody of the popular television show “Saved by the Bell.” As we continue to Light Up Rotary in our own unique ways, we were reminded yet again of our obligation as Rotarians and Rotaractors to serve our communities and others around the globe through special service projects, fundraising initiatives and networking/ fellowship events. During his keynote speech, RI President Gary explained that Rotary’s investment in people has helped the UN to build a healthier, more equitable world for all of us to live in. Visiting the UN re-ignited my belief that Rotary is urgently needed to help engage more people in global action.”
“Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Rotary and the UN can change the world.
AND SO CAN YOU!”
The RAC TO hits RI UN NYC trip was incredible. For me the fun started as soon as I checked into the airport. Everyone from out club was in great spirits especially since it was early in the morning. Not to mention the fact that I was star struck because I had the opportunity to meet Patrick Adams aka Mike Ross of TV series Suits. To me having the chance to be inside of the UN was unbelievable. I admire the work that the UN does and learning more about what happens on the inside was really cool. Attending the conference was super inspiring and made me proud to be a part of the Rotary family. A highlight for me was when the lights were turned off and we all lite our small flash lights to ‘Light Up Rotary’. Another amazing moment for me was seeing my favourite Broadway performer Idina Menzel, which has been on my bucket list since I knew what a musical was. My last star spotting was meeting HGTV Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. I think it is important to mention here I don’t follow celebrities, online or in real life. I have never met a famous person in my life until this trip, I just got really lucky. Overall it was an amazing trip and I really appreciate the time I got to spend with the other members. I had the chance to make new friendships and grow on existing ones.