• Alasdair Verschoyle

Rotary in Ireland serving international causes

Welcome to International Service - Rotary Ireland

International Service  is at the core of Rotary’s work - Serving Humanity

International Services Chair

Patrick S. Brady (Newbridge) Mission Statement

The objective of the District International Service Team is to encourage, advice and support Rotary clubs within District 1160 and to “Connect the World” internationally.

We aim to improve the lives of those communities who are hungry, thirsty or sick and those who have no hope or shelter.

Through this we will encourage the fellowship aspect of international service through exchange programs and twinning, from which joint international projects may develop.

Why should clubs have an international project:

Rotary Clubs should embrace International projects, because we are members of Rotary International an organization that looks outwards, over its national borders, to help communities abroad.

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of the peoples of this planet live in substandard housing conditions, 70% are unable to read, 50% are suffering from malnutrition, 40% have no sanitation and 20% do not have safe clean water to drink. We know that 10,000 children die each day through lack

of vaccination and that water borne disease kills an estimated 20,000+ on a daily basis.

Your Rotary club can help because you are part of

33,000 clubs with 1.2m members in over 200 countries and Rotary is synonymous with overseas charity work

22,000 children die every day needlessly; we lose a child to hunger every 10 seconds.

1 in 7 people throughout the world are hungry every day and for example: 70% of income in Kenya is spent on food while only 9% on average is spent in Ireland

If the world was populated with 100 people:

43 would have no basic sanitation

18 would have no drinking water

14 are hungry or malnourished

12 cannot read

21 live on less than $1 a day

We have all the money we need to feed the world:

We only need an extra $10 billion annually to solve global malnutrition

However, we spend $12 billion annually on perfume

And we spend $750 billion annually on arms

We have all the food we need to feed the world:

2,700 kilocalories per person per day

So why are there still 22,000 innocent children dying every day? They are dying because not enough people care about them.

Rotarians have the ability, the know-how, the contacts, the reach, the hands-on experience and manpower to ”Connect the World “so that more people can begin to care.  This is why every Rotary Club is involved in local and international projects.

You Can Help

One candle loses nothing by lighting another.

Here is our esteemed Rotary Newbridge member, Pat Brady, who is also serving Rotary International.

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