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Blessings 2003 - 2004            



Team Hosted From 20 Feb 2004 - 22 Feb 2004


                                  Rotarians Hosted by THFS From......

R.I District 6740 Group Study Exchange With District 3190 India Hosted by THFS
From 20 February 2004 - 22 February 2004

6740 Kentucky USA

Team Leader
Rtn Ms Carrie Marnhout

Team Member
Ms Dr. Rachelle Plummer
Mr. Matt Hill

PDG Dr. Prithvi Raval
DG Prabhashankar
DGE S.R. Yogananda
DGN S. S. Ramdas

Dear PDG Rtn. Satish,
Our Kentucy GSE team members were full of praise for the hospitality and the assistance your rotarians and you provided. They were indeed, very happy and thrilled at their experience. On behalf of our Gov. Prabha, our district GSE team and myself please accept our sincere thanks for all the help you have provided at a relatively short notice.

Rgds to you and Binaji from Aruna and self.

PDG Dr Prithvi Raval  
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair  
RID 3190 for Rotary year 2003 - 2005  


Team Hosted on 22 Jan 2004


Polio Eradication Programme National Immunisation Day (NID) : Agra, India
On 22 February 2004

PDG Ian Wright and Margie write :
Fourteen people, including seven Midland Rotarians, partners and friends and one Rotarian, from Mundaring have just returned after taking part in a Polio immunisation programme in Agra, India, on 22nd February.

We all had preconceived ideas of what it was going to be like - in the main, we all were under the impression that there would be queues of youngsters lining up to have their immunisation drops administered and we would be rushed off our feet. In reality, what we found in our visits to the booths, which were organised by three of the many Rotary clubs in Agra City, was that the Rotarians were extremely well organised and the programme operated very successfully. Each of the booths we visited hadtrained volunteers to
administer drops and keep records.


The photos show PP Manny Braude, Rotary Club of Midland, giving drops to one of the children, and an idea of what will never be seen again

Booths were set up every 500 metres or so in the main street throughout the city and suburbs and in every town and village in India. There were probably around 2500 in the Agra area alone-necessary to get complete coverage of every child under 5 in each district.

The day was heavily advertised on television and radio. Posters were everywhere and huge banners were slung across main roads. In addition
to this, auto rickshaws with loud speakers encouraged people to bring in their children for immunisation. It was truly impressive.

The children were absolutely delightful and many of them had been dressed in their Sunday best to have their drops. It appeared to be quite an occasion! In most cases, each child was given either a balloon or a whistle - some cried - others came up readily. Strangely, many children were brought in by their fathers - equally dressed for
the occasion.

The Indian Rotarians were extremely hospitable and were genuinely pleased at our participation in what was described by PDG Satish Wadhwa from D3110, as "a very noble cause"

While six people enjoyed their stay in an hotel at the expense of the Agra Rotarians, eight of our group enjoyed the hospitality of PDG Satish, his wife Bina and daughter Dolly at their home in Agra. Dolly was particularly good to us as she took us around Agra Fort and a huge fair. It couldn't have been easy for her trying to keep control of 14 Rotarians and friends. (She was lucky - I had to shepherd them for 10 exhausting
days ! PDG Ian)

The week following the NID we encountered Rotarians and volunteers on board our train checking to see if all children under five had been immunised. There were immunisation booths set up on platforms and we are told that volunteers went out to far-flung village to ensure that no child escaped being immunised. We came across some really dedicated and selfless Rotarians.

India had only 200 or so cases in 2003, compared with around 1,000 every week twenty years ago. In India, this year, we hope to have conquered polio forever. The final round of NIDs is already planned for November 2004 to February 2005 - just to make sure. On each day, millions of children are seen by hundreds of thousands of volunteers, many of whom are Rotarians.

Rotarians have much to be proud of in helping to rid the world of this scourge to mankind. WHO and other agencies would never have even started the programme if Rotary had not been involved. After over half a billion dollars has been donated by Rotarians and usefully spent, how many lives have been saved ? How many bodies remain unravaged ? Five, 10 or even 20 million ? Who can tell ?

But thank God that we're almost there - Thank Rotary for making it happen! - Ian Wright
PDG District 9470, Chairman RAWCS Western Region, Chairman ROMAC Western Region, WA