Marion Bunch Awarded A Rotary Woman Of Action At The White House, Washington, D.C.

Marion Bunch, CEO of RFHA, and a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Rotary District 6900,  was honored by Rotary on October 7, 2014 as one of Rotary’sten ‘Women of Action’ for her exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others.  Senior Rotary leaders gathered at the White House, along with high level administration officials, to honor these women for their service projects, an event attended by members of U.S. President Barack Obama’s senior staff. 

The honorees were selected by Rotary senior leaders and endorsed by the White House from 136 Rotary districts around the U. S.,  although their projects touch lives across the globe.  Seven of the ten women had done outstanding U.S. domestic programs, and three of them (including Bunch) focused on international projects.

Bunch was recognized as the founder of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, which since 2011, has organized Rotary Family Health Days health campaign across Africa,  providing a wide variety of much-needed health services and screenings. In 2014, more than 8,100 Rotarians and partners organized more than 400 health camps in four African countries and served about 350,000 people. 

Bunch was also recognized for her ability to put together public/private parterships.  In the health campaign, RFHA’s partners are thousands of Rotarians in Africa; in-country Ministries of Health, the CDC and USAID; hundreds of NGO implementing partners;  and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. 

“Marion embodies Rotary’s deep commitment to humanitarian service, having dedicated her life to helping thousands of Africans with their health needs,’’ said Robert Hall, director for Rotary International and member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. “We are happy to see Marion recognized as a Rotary ‘Woman in Action’ and are honored to have her as part of our local club.”

Miringu Kiarie