District 9455 Info Update
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The Rotary Clubs of Karrinyup and Scarborough support Mens Talk Ltd 
Rotarians have been offered the opportunity to attend an Award-winning Documentary Happy Sad Man.
Men's Talk are hosting the Award-winning Documentary called Happy Sad Man on Sunday 26 Feb 3pm at Palace Cinemas in Perth.
Tickets are $20 each.
All bookings are made through Trybooking link  https://www.trybooking.com/CFVJG
Would love you to attend if free and please can you promote this to your networks and respective Rotary Clubs.
City Rotary 
  • Imagine being pregnant and homeless.
  • Imagine having a baby and trying to find somewhere safe to sleep at night.
  • Imagine living with the fear of child removal because you have nowhere to live.
Women in our community are having to confront these realities every day.
“How can this be happening in this day and age?” you might ask. “Why isn’t this tragedy more widely known by us all?”  “How can our resource-rich state allow this to happen?” “It’s Dickensian”. Unbelievable as it seems, it is occurring on our doorstep.
So, what can be done?
Professor Lisa Wood is a tireless advocate of research being relevant and useful to the real world. She is recognised nationally and internationally, for her leadership in homelessness and public health. Reducing health and social inequalities lies at the heart of all her research.
Underlying her academic and research career is dedicated hands-on involvement in helping people who are homeless and collaborating closely with health and homelessness services. In 2017, Lisa founded the Home2Health research team (based now at the University of Notre Dame), and leads its growing program of innovative multidisciplinary research and evaluation.
When Lisa became aware of the acute but often hidden vulnerability of pregnant women who are homeless in WA, she couldn’t ignore it.
Come and hear more about this injustice, and what needs to be done and how.
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Date:March 1
Time:7:00 am - 8:30 am
Cost:Free – $49.00
Freshwater Bay Room at the Hyatt
99 Adelaide Tce
Perth, WA 6000 Australia + Google Map
Rotary Club of North Perth
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Penny and Jim Morgan from RC of Mundaring recently opened their garden in Gidgegannup to participate in the WA Open Garden Scheme. They thought Open Gardens could be a good fundraiser for other clubs.
Here's a precis of their event.
Entrance fee of $8.00 per person was charged by WA Open Gardens.
Half the funds collected are retained by Open Gardens, the remaining half was donated to our choice of charities, ours being the Rotary Club of Mundaring .
The club food van was on site and also members serving / selling coffee and cakes. (Purchased from Costco.)
The event raised around $3,500.00 for the club which we felt was a good outcome.
Open Gardens people did a presentation to the club. In discussion it was mentioned that they were looking for a local garden related project they could sponsor, I believe to the sum of $4 to $5.000.00. I mentioned the Fremantle My Home project which they appeared to like.
Open Gardens have come back and asked if there are other Rotary Clubs that may be interested in opening members or other gardens and fund raising for a garden themed part of the Fremantle project or elsewhere.
The contact for WA Open gardens is Joy Ross.... 
RAWCS has commenced fundraising activities to support the impacted communities resulting from the New Zealand Floods.
Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) will work with local and international Rotary networks to facilitate the distribution of funds raised.
The fundraising campaign was launched last week to support the communities in need as these disasters continue to cause significant loss.
“The money raised from the Appeals will go directly and quickly to support those impacted, providing essential items and financial support to supplement the funds that are being provided by World Governments,” said Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd CEO Andrew Woodward.
Mr Woodward said that he expects the appeals to not only raise much needed funds, but also specific goods, including medical equipment and supplies that can be repurposed in the affected areas.
Rotary Australia World Community Service is a not-for-profit charity that aims to be the leading Australian charitable organization for people’s wellbeing, supporting Rotarians and Rotary Clubs undertaking humanitarian projects in Australia and overseas.
Tax Deductible Donations to the appeal can be made on the Rotary Australia World Community Service website at https://rawcs.org.au or directly to the appeal using the link below:
Photo Credit: @MonteChristoNZ via REUTERS
Wild Polio Virus Summary:
New wild poliovirus isolates reported this week: AFP cases: 0 Environment: 2 Others: 0   New cVDPV isolates reported this week: AFP cases 34 Environment: 3 Others:  1 Headlines:
  • The Global Polio Eradication Initiative and its partners extend our deepest condolences to the people of Türkiye and Syria, following this week’s devastating earthquake affecting the region. Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the Regional Director for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean, released this statement.
  • “We are in a much better situation now than we were previously. But the last mile is the hardest. There can be no room for complacency. Now is actually the moment to double down on our efforts. Let’s continue to push on.” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during last week’s Executive Board meeting. Read more..
  • Polio eradication now needs a renewed countrywide sense of urgency. It needs to be important to all of us to see this virus vanquished. After three decades of the polio programme in Pakistan, there is understandable fatigue. But this is not the time to tire. This is the time to believe. A world free of polio was the birth of a dream. In countless countries at countless times, it has felt like an impossible dream — until it was possible and actually happened. Read more…
  Summary of new polioviruses this week:   Afghanistan: two WPV1 positive environmental samples ·       Algeria: one cVDPV2 case
·       Chad: two cVDPV2 cases ·       DRC: eight cVDPV1 cases, 22 cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample ·       Mali: one cVDPV2 case ·       Nigeria: two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples Afghanistan:
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported this week. There are two cases in 2022.
  • Two WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in Nangarhar.
  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported this week. There are 20 cases reported in 2022. 
Officially reported WPV1 and cVDPV cases as of 07 FEBRUARY Wild poliovirus (WPV)  Total global WPV1 cases in 2023: 0 (compared with 1 for the same period in 2022) Total global WPV1 cases in 2022: 30 Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) cases
Total global cVDPV cases in 2023: 1 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2022) Total global cVDPV cases in 2022: 700
Below are the details of RISPPO office in Sydney suburb of Norwest, a photo of their new offices and info on the website to access The Rotary Foundation resources, which should be of interest to all Rotarians.
LOOKING FOR ROTARY FOUNDATION RESOURCES? Rotary Foundation Australia’s website has a My Foundation page with hundreds of handy links – such as forms and guides, plus info on grantsreports and more.  Some resources are Australia-specific, but most are useful elsewhere too.  If you like to save time, we encourage you to bookmark the page
Rotary Foundation Australia is The Rotary Foundation’s Associate
Foundation in Australia.
Rotary International South Pacific and Philippines Office
Level 1, 25/1 Maitland Place, Norwest NSW 2153
PO Box 6985 Norwest NSW 2153
Good News!
Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing more than 3,500 people, and flattening buildings. Homes have been destroyed or left unsafe and people will have little choice but to sleep in the open in fear of more aftershocks. 
We’re preparing to send an emergency response team to Turkey in the coming days to find out what support is needed and if we’re well placed to help. A decision on sending the assessment team will be taken later today. 
We’re speaking with our existing partners who we work with in Syria and Rotary contacts in Turkey to find out exactly what is needed and how we might get aid to where it is needed most if we respond. 
The first earthquake hit during the night under the cover of darkness and most people would have been at home asleep. Another struck minutes later, with a third striking the same region hours later as the rescue effort was well under way. 
Powerful aftershocks and poor winter weather are hampering rescue efforts. Temperatures can drop below freezing at this time of year in the affected areas and this will put lives at risk. There was snowfall and heavy rain in the region before the earthquakes struck and this is likely to increase the humanitarian need in the region. 
To make matters worse, the region where the earthquakes struck is home to significant numbers of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people. They have already faced so much – many having to flee their homes because of conflict.  
  • ShelterBox has experience responding to earthquakes in Turkey before, most notably the 2011 Van earthquake. We also have an ongoing programme of work supporting people displaced by conflict in Syria, including the region affected by the earthquakes. 
Please donate today to help ShelterBox provide lifesaving aid for families affected by disaster around the world.
or click here and complete the donation form.
The donation form does not have to be completed and sent but Shelterbox do ask that clubs email Virginia Pieper details of the donation so it is credited to the correct club and district.  If your Clubs or individuals wants the donation to go specifically to the Türkiye and Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal please advise Virginia.   Virginia.Pieper@shelterbox.org.au.   If not, it will go into the general ShelterBox account to assist disasters anywhere in the world.