The first Borders Area meeting of the 2018/2019 Rotary year will be held on Tuesday 21st August and we will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair at the Union Club, 9 Peebles Road, Innerleithen, EH44 6QX. more
Peter Croan (Galashiels Rotary Club) has been awarded one of the 12 RIBI Champions of Change awards for 2017-18. He was nominated by DG Lindsay for his work in
securing medical units for Pakistan (10 former NHS Scotland breast
screening trailers sent to Karachi in July/August 2016 and one trailer
sent to Dhaka in Bangladesh in Summer 2017).
He received his award in Cardiff on 18 May.
Rotary Young Citizens
At this year's Rotary Young Citizen Awards, two of the awards went to young people nominated by clubs in our district. Joseph Cox was nominated by Leith Rotary Club for taking action to help rough sleepers, and Ryan Montgomery was nominated by Corstorphine Rotary Club for his initiative in setting up Cortorphine Emergency Response.
You can watch the awards below, and find out more about these remarkable young people by clicking "more".
A project in the Philippines spearheaded by Selkirk Rotary Club and supported by the Rotary Clubs of Hawick, Langholm, Kelso, Melrose and Galashiels,was recently featured on ITV news. You can watch the item below.
Sammi Kinghorn named Scottish Sports Personality of the Year
Wheelchair racer and Honorary Rotarian Sammi Kinghorn believes being the first para athlete to be crowned Scottish Sports Personality of the Year will change attitudes for ever.
The award tops a great year for Sammi in which she won two golds and broke a world record at the world championships.
Sammi, from Melrose and an Honorary Member of the Eclub of Southern Scotland, has switched to marathon racing so she can represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
She said: “My 100m and 200m sprint events aren’t included in the Commonwealth Games so I’ve decided to switch to the marathon. I’m determined to do my country proud.”
District 1020 Peace Officer Jean Best was one of only six Rotarians and Rotary Peace Fellows around the world to be honoured at this year's Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva.
Not only that, but one of the two Peace Fellows honoured, Kiran Sirah, was a member of our GSE team which went to Colombia in 2009. Subsequently he was suggested as a Peace Scholar and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tranent.
For one District to be associated with two Champions of Peace in a single year is probably unique and our congratulations go to Jean and Kiran on this well-deserved recognition.
You can see both of them at the opening session on UN Web TV below (from 51 minutes), introduced by John Hewko, RI General Secretary.
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