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Each year, the Rotary Club of Mitchelton coordinates the Blackwood street Halloween festival 
However, in light of the current health crisis, this annual community festival, which is one of the most popular – and definitely the spookiest – events  on the northside of Brisbane has had to be postponed this year. 
Picabeen Defibrillator Presentation
 
Mitchelton Rotary Club has seen many challenges in its 50 years of community service, none more confronting than the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.  Throughout lockdown and restrictions the club has continued to support our struggling local organisations with financial donations toward their ongoing work in the community.

The Club were successful in securing a Rotary District Grant in March for a defibrillator for the Picabeen Community Centre.  Our then President, Sandy Maguire, made contact with the Mitchelton Ambulance Station to co-ordinate a training session on how to use the machine as part of the Presentation to the Centre.

We were finally able to turn this in to a reality with the presentation of the defibrillator to the Picabeen Community Centre on the 21st July 2020.  Dean Parham, Mitchelton Rotary Club President, presented the machine to Martin Turrell, President of Picabeen and Martin responded with a warming speech of thanks for the donation and recognised the important work that local community organisations do before, through and after Covid-19.

 

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.

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