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District Forum on 15 December 2018
District Rotary Foundation Committee

Polio this week and Weekly Country updates as of December 2018.

Afghanistan, one new case of wild poliovirus type 1(WPV1) has been reported from Nawzad district, Hilmand province with onset of paralysis on 6 November. The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 is 21.

Pakistan, no cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported this week. The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 in the country is 8.

PolioPlus update December 2018 is Afghanistan 21, Pakistan 8, Total Globally is 29 cases.

Rotary And Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce US$450 Million Commitment to End Polio during Atlanta Convention. From 2017 to 2020, Rotary commits US$50 Million per year to ending Polio. Gates Foundation commits US$100 Million match per year (2:1).

We heard about PolioPlus for a long time since we joined Rotary. But not many of us know what is PolioPlus about.

1978 Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger, and Humanity (3-H) Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippines children against polio.

1985 The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

PolioPlus is the program to receive funds given to TRF for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.

Polio eradication is Rotary's top philanthropic priority. Rotary launched the PolioPlus program in 1985. In 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries. Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio, and the incidence of polio has decreased 99.9 percent.

As of 2017, Rotary's contributions to the global polio eradication effort, with matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, exceeded US$1.7 billion.

PolioPlus Grants fund global polio eradication efforts in countries where polio is endemic and those at risk for the disease. Grants support immunization campaigns and monitoring of poliovirus transmission.

PolioPlus grants are funded from the general PolioPlus Fund and DDF contribution.

Grant proposals are submitted primarily by major implementing partner agencies, such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF, or by national PolioPlus committee chairs (listed in Rotary's Official Directory). Foundation Trustees consider PolioPlus grant requests at regularly scheduled meetings.

To respond a call from Chair of End Polio Now, Countdown To History, PRIP John F. Germ, our district made a contribution of US$25,000.00 from our DDF this year, while many of our fellow Rotarians have made their contributions individually in different manners.

We are closer than ever to seeing a polio-free world. Funding is urgently needed to not only stop polio transmission in the remaining endemic countries, but also to protect more than 400 million children living in polio-free areas.

Please encourage your clubs to continue to support the PolioPlus Fund, emphasizing that contributions of any amount make a big impact. 

PDG Jones Wong, Chair of DRFC. 

District Membership Committee
Number of Members 
as at 1 July 2018:    2,353
as at 30 Nov 2018:  2,477
Increase of 124 members

Coming Events

1. New Members Orientation
The one originally scheduled for 21 Nov 2018 was deferred to Feb/March 2019 due to low registration
2. Rotary Mixer
Next one has been scheduled for 27 Dec 2018 evening.  Venue to be decided. Please join and meet potential members.  Also you are welcomed to bring friends too.
Rotary HK Ultramarathon 2019 - Invitation
Dear Rotarians,

 

We would like to announce that Rotary HK Ultramarathon 2019 will be held on Mar 24, 2019 (Sunday) in Central. We are seeking your generous support for this impressive event.

 

This is the 5th year of the event since 2015. Riding on the great success of previous years, we will continue to invite professional running athletes from both local and overseas. We hope it can become a signature event of Rotary which promote a positive image, healthy and team spirit to local and international communities.

 

As another event highlight, Rotary Carnival is a good fellowship among Clubs, families and friends. It also benefits NGOs for public education and fund raising activities. With around 50 carnival booths and game zone, we believe it will have great public awareness which engage families and kids to have fun during a public holiday.

 

Relay Team:

-  Rotary Clubs (HK$6,000 / HK$5,400*)

-  Corporate (HK$6,000 / HK$5,400*)

-  Sister Clubs (HK$6,000 / HK$5,400*)

-  Community Service (HK$3,000)

-  New Generations (HK$1,500)

 

Type of Sponsorship:

-  Diamond Sponsor (HK$300,000)

-  Platinum Sponsor (HK$200,000)

-  Gold Sponsor (HK$100,000)

-  Silver Sponsor (HK$50,000)

-  Bronze Sponsor (HK$30,000)

 

Other kinds of sponsorship including Advertisements on various channels, Carnival Booth as well as Gala Dinner.

 

Your sponsorship and participations make the event different! Both Race Registration and Sponsorship are opened for application.

 

Your earliest feedback will be appreciated. Stay tuned for the event details from our website: www.rotaryhkum.com or Facebook Fanpage: Rotary HK Ultramarathon.

 

*Early bird offers available from now until Dec 07, 2018.

 

Yours in Rotary,

Dominic Chu

Organising Committee Chair

2018-19, Rotary Hong Kong Ultramarathon

Email: kpdominic@yahoo.com.hk

Mobile: 852-90366732

Registration Form

Website: www.rotaryhkum.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/rhkum/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/rotary_hk_ultramarathon/

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On 16 December 2018 (Sun) Rotary Club of Kwun Tong organized “Winter Warmth Sharing Action” in Po Tat Estate, Sau Mau Ping and gathered over 50 fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors with artistes Eddie Pang and Casey Tse participating in the biggest warmth sharing event in District 3450 by delivering blessing bags to 500 families in the community.
The event was activated in a ceremonious manner with Our District Governor Dr. Y.C. Ho and Hung Kam-In MH, the Vice Chairperson of Kwun Tong District Council serving as the Guests of Honour. DG YC even participated in the community service by visiting homes of elderly living alone and presenting blessing bags. Meanwhile, our fellow Rotaractors and Interactors distributed the blessing bags and further spread the warmth to other needy neighbouring members at street booth so as to reach out the community and minorities.
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On 15 December 2018, Governor of District 3450 of Rotary International, Dr. Y. C. Ho, led many Rotarians, including Area Governor, Ms. Natalie Kwok, Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of New Territories, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung, to participate in the meal box giving in the Holy Café; from preparing, delivering and greeting elderly with meal box and bottle of water.
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