from The Rotary Club of Halifax North West
Welcome to the monthly newsletter from the Rotary Club of Halifax North West, where we share the club’s news with the community we serve. This issue highlights one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, Disease Prevention and Treatment. We also remind our readers of our Rotary Wishes project.
Rotary believes good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world cannot afford or do not have access to basic health care. Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That is why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small.
Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
• Providing more than 80 percent of Ghana’s people with clean water to fight Guinea worm disease.
• Helping Liberian women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies, reducing new HIV infections in children by 95 percent over two years.
• Rotary’s efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola.
It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas. For most people, it’s an occasion to celebrate our good fortunes, spend time with family and to exchange gifts. But for many, especially in the wake of the COVID pandemic, hurricane Fiona and raging inflation, Christmas can be an emotional and financial challenge. The Atlantic Superstore (Joseph Howe Location) is kindly providing space for the Rotary Wish tree, which will be “decorated” with individual Christmas wishes representing local disadvantaged individuals. Anyone wanting to grant a wish can select any of the decorations on the tree, purchase the desired item and taking it to the Customer Service counter. Rotary “elves” will pick up the purchased items and deliver them to community-minded organizations for distribution to deserving individuals. The campaign runs to 15 December. Please help us spread the joy and share the feeling of giving with Rotarians!
Our Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest welcomes everyone to explore community service with us! We pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive – and we’re friendly! For more information contact Roger Chiasson at rogerchiasson305@ gmail.com or 782 234 9408.
Photo credits to: https://www.rotary.org/