Linh Nong Rotary Peace Fellow

Linh is a young international development professional with more than seven years of experience in non-profit management in Vietnam and the United States. Since 2012, she has worked as a determined human rights advocate for women, children, and LGBTIQ+ people. Before she came to the United States for the master’s degree in International Development at American University as Fulbright Scholar, she worked for the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA), a local NGO in Vietnam that supports people vulnerable to gender-based violence and discrimination.
In Vietnam, Linh participated in managing and operating a number of projects and campaigns responding to gender equality, gender-based violence, sexual harassment, women’s economic empowerment, and women in politics. Besides working to provide direct supporting services for survivors and victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence, she also participated in communication and advocacy. From 2013-2015, she was coordinator of the national campaign responding to the 16 days to stop gender-based violence against women and girls initiated by the United Nations. From 2012-2016, she and her fundraising team at CSAGA raised millions of dollars to support vulnerable group from development funds and foundations, UN agencies, and international NGOs.
In United States, she and her team helped design strategic plan and advocacy guidance for the Global Ties U.S., an NGO that focuses on promoting international exchange and engaging citizens in foreign affairs. In March 2018, she was communication coordinator of the 3rd Celebration of International Women’s Day by the Rotary International at World Bank headquarter in Washington D.C. In June 2018, Linh went back to Vietnam and worked for Thrive Networks, an international NGO serving underprivileged communities in rural Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia with water, sanitation, and hygiene provision. Before she came to Australia for the master program in Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland as Rotary Peace Fellow, she worked as national consultant for the UNDP Vietnam, with concentration on national governance and citizen participation. 
 
Please join us for this special Guest Speaker.
 
Linh Nong
Rotary Peace Fellow.
Currently Studying in Brisbane
Guest speaker Upper Blue Mountains Rotary
0740 Tuesday March 30 2020.
Via Zoom from Queensland
 
Whilst this is a face-to-face breakfast meeting for Club members, guests are invited to attend this meeting on ZOOM at 7:40am. Register your interest with Paul Campbell president.ubmsunrise@gmail.com. Log in details will be forwarded to you two days before the meeting. 
 
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Saving the Wollemi Pine

David Crust Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise Rotary Club is fortunate to have David Crust as our guest speaker at our regular Tuesday morning meeting March 9th
 
Whilst this is a face-to-face breakfast meeting for Club members, guests are invited to attend this meeting on ZOOM at 7:45am. Register your interest with Paul Campbell president.ubmsunrise@gmail.com. Log in details will be forwarded to you two days before the meeting. 
 
 
The speaker will be Mr David Crust, Director Park Operations, Blue Mountains Branch. In this position, he is responsible for the management of the reserves that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
David’s Qualifications include a  B.App Sci, Assoc Dip (Environmental Management).
David has worked in a variety of natural resource management roles across the Blue Mountains for over 30 years including as Field Officer, Ranger and Area Manager with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
David has a particular interest and significant experience in fire and incident management and has led fire fighting contingents on a number of deployments to the USA and Canada.
 
His talk to Rotary will cover, amongst other things, the protection of the Wollemi Pines from the devastating bushfires during 2019/2020.
 
Hope you can join us.
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India celebrates three years without polio

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.
 
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Saving lives in Ghana

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.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

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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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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