In November 2020, a few Rotaractors from The Auckland City Club, championed an international event that resulted in participation from more than 20 countries and raising NZ$11,000 – within six weeks!
Internationally Rotaractors are connected through the World of Rotaract. Utilising this platform Auckland Rotaractors raised awareness of, and crowd funded for, Rotary Give Every Child A Future. They participated in the Auckland marathon and encouraged Rotaractors from around the world to #MoveforGECAF.
The event was so successful that they are running it again this year. In honour of the 100 years of Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in 2021, the campaign organisers created a 100-day challenge around wellbeing. From daily affirmation to squats, you name it they’ve done it. Regardless of the pandemic, these Rotaractors have found a way to make it work. The 18th September 2021 will mark the 100th day and each country/club involved is planning to make the last day one to remember. From quiz nights to colour fun runs, these are all exciting events that we look forward to seeing. They are calling it the International MoveforGECAF Day.
It is heart-warming to witness clubs from the opposite side of the globe campaigning for small island countries that some of them have never even heard off. The willingness these clubs have shown has been the driving force of this movement. The Move for GECAF campaign has sparked an international collaboration to raise awareness of what other Rotaract clubs are working on and how they can gain support from afar. Recently, the Multi-district Information Organisations (MDIOs) of Rotaract Mediterranean, Rotaract Europe and Rotaract Oceania hosted the inaugural Climate Change discussion with more planned.
Rotaract Oceania is humbled and grateful for the enormous support they’ve received over the months from international clubs, and is excited to see this newly paved way of working together for projects close to their hearts. Countries from American Samoa to Bosnia, Canada to Denmark, Italy to Jamaca, New Zealand to Uganda and Brazil to The Netherlands have come together to be a part of this initiative.
Rotaract Oceania are hosting Rotary Give Every Child a Future at a global online event on 12th September with Michelle Tanner. Michelle is the Marketing Chair for Rotary Give Every Child a Future and has worked in the vaccine/child health space for over 20 years. She will explain the history of vaccination programs that Rotary has been part of over the years and share her Rotary experiences, including two visits to Pakistan. The event will also feature updates on the exciting events being planned around the world in support of RGECAF and a panel of Rotary and Rotaract Collaborations.
The event is open to everyone and we would love to see you there. Please register at: http://bit.ly/GECAF_MT.