The Rotary clubs of Addis Abeba will celebrate Rotary National Day on March 2 at St. Joseph School. It will be an all day event from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Rotary members and their family as well as the general public will gather for food, drink, games, shopping, auctions, raffles and fun.  The theme of the event is “Living for Purpose”. Entry tickets are 50 birr each and children under 12 enter for free.

 

Since the 1950s, Rotarians young and old, have been making a difference in Ethiopia from digging wells for clean water, building schools and classrooms, addressing nutritional and health challenges, setting up school feeding programmes, building homes for the poor, helping children suffering from cancer with treatments, setting up health and eye clinics and so much more. Moreover, Rotary’s work throughout the world has been instrumental in eradicating polio  as well  including in Ethiopia.

 

Rotary is a volunteer association that works with governments, the private sector and NGOs to carry out its mission of helping others. It has more than a million members worldwide and more than 20 clubs in Addis Abeba alone.

Its Rotaract clubs (for 18 to 30 years old) and Interact clubs (for 12 to 18 years old) ensure that young people can also join in this goal.

The basic premises of all Rotarians is the “four way” test:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary currently works under six causes: promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water; sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; and growing local economies.

 

The Rotary National Day on March 2 will be an opportunity for the general public to learn more about Rotary’s goals and projects and to see how they too can get involved through volunteerism.

 

For general info on Rotary Ethiopia and the 10 Rotary Clubs in Addis Ababa clubs contact www.facebook.com/rotaryinethiopia/. Rotary welcomes new members and active participation!

 

Images illustrate Rotarians at work in rural Ethiopia enhancing lives and communities