Rotary Ghana promises to increase humanitarian service projects

DG Jeffrey Afful(right) being  assisted by Mr Sam Okudzeto(left) and a member cutting the anniversary cake.

DG Jeffrey Afful(right) being assisted by Mr Sam Okudzeto(left) and a member cutting the anniversary cake.

Rotary Ghana is set to increase its delivery of humanitarian service projects and support to vulnerable members of society as it marks its 60th anniversary, Mr Jeffrey Afful, Governor of District 9102 of Rotary International, has announced.

According to him, over the years, Rotary had stood out as the pre-eminent service organisation in Ghana, delivering quality and verifiable services to most communities under its ‘hallmark of service above self.’

Mr Afful, who made the announcement at an anniversary meeting and cocktail held in Accra on Wednesday, said “It is my considered opinion that Rotary in Ghana has reached that level where we should be unstoppable in our delivery of humanitarian service projects and support to our vulnerable members of communities.”

The meeting was also used to officially launch the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Rotary Ghana, and to light the Iconic Polio Billboard.

The District Governor said the collection of humanitarian service projects implemented by the various Rotary Clubs in the country was evident by the gallery of projects that had been mounted over the years.

“Our doyen club, the Rotary Club of Accra, is also marking its sixtieth anniversary and they have a series of events that will give the historical perspective of how Rotary grew in Ghana,” he added.

Mr Afful said most of the projects that had been executed by the clubs had been financed by the Rotary Foundation, which celebrated its centennial two years ago, having spent more than $3 billion on life-changing and sustainable projects.

“The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives in communities close to you and around the world,” he reiterated.

Mr Afful noted that acting through six areas of focus, the foundation had worked to prevent diseases, sustain healthy environments, train future peacemakers, support clean water and strengthen local economies.

“One of the funds within the Rotary Foundation is the Polio plus Fund through which we have been able to wipe out 99.9 per cent of all polio cases with our committed partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” he said.

Mr Afful explained that as part of the celebration, there would be social mobilisation and routine polio immunisation campaign, and encouraged all Rotarians in the country to fully participate in the mopping up exercise.

Madam Theresa Osei Tutu, the chairperson of the Ghana National Polio Lus Committee, said the decision by Rotary International to combat the polio disease more than four decades ago had not only yielded positive results but had imparted the lives of millions across the globe.

She said currently through the instrumentality of Rotary International the world had eradicated polio to about 99.9 per cent, and the next three years would see intensification in the quest to eradicate the disease from the world totally.

“Apart from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria where we still have some cases of the disease reported, the whole world was on the verge of becoming polio free,” Madam Tutu said.

On Ghana, she said no case of polio had been reported and sooner than later, Ghana would be declared a polio free country.

By Cliff Ekuful

 

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