by Jana Yee
What happens when Rotarians puts together poker, delectable food, drinks and over 100 poker participants at the Steam Whistle? Only the best fundraiser of the year.
On March 26th, nine of us from the Rotaract Club of Toronto joined forces with Rotarians in making the Rotary Annual Fundraiser a huge success. We were jetting around selling drink tickets to thirsty poker players, replenishing chips and making sure that our appreciated participants were amply fed with delicious chili and sandwiches.
The night progressed with 20-minute rounds of poker battles, with participants gladly donating more funds to stay in the intensive games. Loud cheering and hearty laughs filled the Brewery at times, mixed with serious “poker” faces on those who were determined to come out with a strong hand.
It was a fun night to bond with fellow Rotoractors and meet other Rotarians who came out to support this awesome fundraising event. The monetary funds raised goes towards the many projects the Rotary Club of Toronto works on during the year.
Even though there was no grand pot to be taken home that night, what did the poker participants walked away with at the end? Possibly, a heart of gold.
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.
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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.