Around Rotary World
Canadian club provides support through meals
Parents of children with conditions like autism face a unique set of challenges. In a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Weekend Family and Peer Support Group provides a welcome respite and support for a large group of these families. Eighteen years ago, the Rotary Club of Delta committed to cooking and serving Christmas dinner for the group, in collaboration with the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Today, that effort is still going strong and has expanded to include a summer picnic
Bangladesh concert introduces young people to Rotaract
When the Rotaract Club of Dhaka Orchid in Bangladesh began organizing a charity concert, they had two objectives in mind. The first was raising money for humanitarian causes and the second was to introduce Bangladesh’s heavy metal fans to Rotaract. The ensuing event featured nine of the top bands in the country and attracted more than 12,000 people to the prestigious International Convention City concert venue. The club leaders received many inquiries about joining Rotaract following the event and hope to hold another concert next year.
Hunger walk draws attention to climate change
When the Rotaract Club of Kathmandu, Nepal, wanted to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on food insecurity, they reached out to the World Wildlife Fund of Nepal and Save the Children Nepal to organize a hunger walk. The club’s leaders say that many people think of climate change only in terms of temperature shift, not realizing its impact on agriculture patterns, crop failures, and food shortages. More than 500 people showed up for the walk, representing all segments of the community.