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Rotary club of KYIV-CITY meet a Minibus and humanitarian aid convoy from the U.K. going to Chernihiv

KYIV, July 10 2015, at about 16:00 — A team of Rotary club of KYIV-CITY and other Rotary clubs in Kyiv at the park near the monument to founders of Kyiv by Neberezhne shosse will meet and greet the humanitarian aid convoy from the UK on its way to final destination in Chernihiv. The convoy consists of:

  • new minibus for 12 passengers, which was purchased within the Global Grant of The Rotary Foundation and with participation of 40 Rotary clubs of London (known as “ROTARY in LONDON’) and Rotary club KYIV-CITY, and which is donated now to the REVIVAL Center for disabled children in Chernihiv (“VIDRIDZHENNIA”). The Minibus is driven by Past District Governor of Rotary International District 1130 Mr. Dick Nathan and his colleague – Mrs. Helen Antoniou.
  • several vans and trailers with humanitarian aid, organized by Felsted Aid (UK-AID), leaded by Mr. Alan Hilliar.

Rotary, a global network of community volunteers is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. There are 47 Rotary clubs in Ukraine and 8 of them are registered in Kyiv.

The Rotary club of KYIV-CITY was created in 2010 by group of active leaders and professionals in different businesses to improve life of local communities, help children and young people, and run different social projects. It consists now of 12 active members and focuses on support to rehabilitation centers for disabled children. Therefore, Rotary club of KYIV-CITY have participated as a host club in the realization of the Global Grant of The Rotary Foundation – “Outreach Program Minibus for Revival Center in Chernihiv”.

The Revival Centre provides support, medication and physical therapy for 1,500 children per year. The children who currently attend are, in the main, suffering second-generation genetic and neurological disorders resulting from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Many of the children are not able to travel to the treatments on public transport, either from cost and/or mobility. They, with one parent, are collected, and returned, using one of the two vehicles owned by The Revival Centre.Some children are not even able to travel on a vehicle. The Outreach Staff at The Revival Centre use the two vehicles to provide outreach visits to those families.

The Revival Centre has owned and maintained the two current vehicles for more than 8 years. One vehicle is now rusty and unreliable. The project aims to replace that vehicle, so that the capacity of local health professionals for disease prevention and treatment activities is improved.

And now, due to efforts of Rotarians from London and Kyiv the Revival center will get a new minibus! Photos of the vehicle, which is on its way to Kyiv, are attached. Rotary in London had their Minibus Send-off Party on Saturday June, 27 morning, which went very well. Their guest of honor was Dr Volodymyr Khomanets, Minister-Counsellor Economic Affairs, from the Ukrainian Embassy in London. Dick Nathan said: “He wished us well on our journey, asked us to kiss his homeland when we arrive, and thanked all of Rotary from his heart for the work that Rotary is doing in Ukraine. He is in the centre in the photograph. Helen Antoniou is on the left and I am on the right.” Here is the link to video of this event: https://youtu.be/2T1ajCbJ1H0.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

Rotary members, as volunteers, conduct projects to address today’s humanitarian challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns while encouraging high standards in all vocations. Rotary members strive to build goodwill and peace, and provide humanitarian service in their communities and throughout the world. KYIV-CITY joins Rotary clubs in London and around the world to realize our joint motto: “Service above self”.

Information about the Felsted Aid (UK-AID) and their help to REVIVAL center you can find here: http://www.uk-aid.org/

Contact: Sergii Zavadskyi

(phone: +380504690579 / E-mail: serhiy_zavadsky@yahoo.com)


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