Within hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, Iryna Bushmina fled her home in Kyiv. Along with her sister and her three-month-old nephew she journeyed to Vienna, Austria, staying with Rotary members along the way.
Their generosity inspired Bushmina, a member of the Rotaract Club of Kyiv-City and the district Rotaract representative for Ukraine, to organize a larger-scale relief effort. Now, an online platform she created has helped Rotaract and Rotary members find shelter for thousands of Ukrainian refugees.
Across Europe, Rotaract members are using digital tools to share information and coordinate to help people who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. By routing communications through the European Rotaract Information Centre (also known as Rotaract Europe), a multidistrict information organization that serves clubs in more than 40 countries, these young members are using the power of Rotary’s global network to direct aid where it’s needed most.
The UAlbany School of Public Health will host a public engagement event to raise awareness and support for efforts to combat obstetric fistulas among sub-Saharan African women.
It is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the school, located at the Health Sciences Campus on Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer. The event is co-sponsored by the Danes Rotaract and Southern Rensselaer County Rotary clubs.
The event will include a silent auction to help raise funds for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, a Rotary-supported health organization dedicated to helping women in sub-Saharan countries receive education and medical assistance to combat what is a common gynecological problem there.
SRC members are invited to donate items for the silent auction, and may contact President Phil Kellerman at a club meeting, via phone at 352-262-5421, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
NEW YORK — A contingent from SRC and Danes Rotaract met with Angela McCabe at the Freedom From Fistula Foundation office at United Nations Plaza on Monday.
Lindsey Riback, outgoing Rotaract president, and SRC members John Justino, the club advisor and director of the UAlbany School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health, and Becky Raymond, one of SRC’s Rotaract liaisons, were on hand to present a check for funds raised by the club. (Becky shot the photo above.)
Discussion focused on collaborative opportunities between Rotaract, the School of Public Health, and the Foundation, and ongoing efforts by SRC to support a Rotary global grant for the maternity center in the west African nation of Sierra Leone.
Lindsey Riback, who has spent two productive years helping create and lead the Danes Rotaract club at the UAlbany School of Public Health, is handing over the reins.
Dustin Moore, who has been quite active during the 2018-19 Rotary Year, will succeed her as president of the group that is sponsored by the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club.
SRC extends its thanks to Lindsey and all the Rotaractors, as well as to SRC member John Justino, who has served as faculty advisor, and to Becky Raymond and Debbie Rodriguez who have served as SRC’s liaisons to Rotaract.
The Danes Rotaract club is inviting SRC Rotarians to join them when they lend a hand at the Regional Foodbank’s farm from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5.
Produce from the farm, officially known as the Patroon Land Farm, goes to more than 1,000 agencies in 23 counties throughout New York State. The farm is located at 132 Ketcham Road, Voorheesville. Click here for directions.
If you’re interested in investing an hour or two, or have questions about the project, please email Lindsey Riback of the Danes Rotaract as soon as possible.
A small group of Danes Rotaract members, joined by their SRC advisers John Justino and Debbie Rodriguez, took time off from studying for final exams Saturday to help sort surplus food at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for distribution to food pantries around the Capital Region. A few other scenes from the day: