By Jack Catania
The club is looking for new members to join and support any one of their many local charity projects. Rotary International is a world-wide organization with groups of people who have commitment and vision to come together using their passion, energy, and intelligence, allowing them to take action on sustainable projects for the last 110 years.
The projects range from literacy and peace, to water and health. A wonderful example of the good work of Rotary International is shown here in the Philippines started locally; Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years now, and their goal of ridding the earth of the disease is in sight. Rotary began in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains an endemic.
With a network of over 1.2 million people working in more than 35,000 clubs worldwide your support will be magnified many times over for as a group we are stronger than as individual.
Of course, past success is no guarantee of the future but there are many examples of programs RCCC has undertaken.
In 2011 RCCC undertook a project to give a 4-year old girl from Bais, Negros Oriental, a lifesaving operation to repair a hole in her heart. The girl is now living a normal life and many more children have received similar life saving operations.
Three ladies in Pampanga who had lower leg amputations as the result of an accidents and diabetes were assessed and fitted with prosthetic lower limbs. RCCC built the Bahay Bata Center to give street children a home, which now provides skills training for older children as well. Forty-seven deaf children can now hear, and the Special Education school they attend received a Braille typewriter, classroom refurbishment, and a Christmas party.
Visually impaired children also benefited from the kindness of RCCC members. Teenagers who could not afford to complete their studies received grants to allow them to gain their degrees. The list goes on and on.
These are just some of the projects we have undertaken, and continue to do so, and especially for children with cleft palates, elderly with cataracts, and adults needing special wheelchairs or mobility devices we can work with other local organizations to help the less fortunate.
We, the members of Rotary Club of Clark Centennial, wish to invite all foreigners and Filipinos in the Angeles City area to come to our meetings and join us. If you want to help those in need and can find a cause, please join us.
All are welcome. Come to the Blue Boar Inn any Tuesday at 12:00 noon, or you can email [email protected] for more details.