Rotarians are always quick to pull on their superhero capes when their communities need their help – and Rotary Family Health Days are a perfect example of this!
So, what is it that motivates them to help bring a positive change into the lives of the people in their communities? RFHA talked to a few Rotarians around the world who have been involved in helping us put the Rotary Family Health Days together, and this is what they had to say:
Rufus Moagi, who has been tirelessly advocating for the right to a healthy life for the people of Tembisa, Gauteng, shares, “I have benefited emotionally more than I have given. That is the beauty of working with an organization like Rotary. What Rotary is doing to help the underprivileged is not something you see a lot. People in these communities have no knowledge about how important it is to get a health check-up done regularly — and those who do know can’t afford it. RFHA is making it possible for them.”
“I work with a lot of sexual assault survivors. Joining Rotary gave me a platform and the recognition to reach out to more such women and provide them with the help and support. We have also helped so many women and kids who come to the Health Day sites with no ID’s. We work with the Ministry of Home Affairs and get their proper paperwork done so that they can go for their health check-ups,” says Dudu Ndlovu, a Rotarian who also works as an operational manager at Tutuzela Care Centers.
“Being a Rotarian gives me a sense of purpose. I have a reason to get up every morning and feel the same passion to work for the community and feel that we are all working towards a bigger change,” shares Lucie Kasanga, Past District Governor, RI District 9210.
“One of the things that attracted me towards Rotary was that this organization was into public health. I was working for public health on an international level, but I wasn’t working on the ground. Providing direct services to the people was what I wanted to do, and Rotary gave me that opportunity,” says Laura Kann, RFHA Inc. adviser.
Kristi Hansen, a Rotarian and a communications professional, shares, “Rotary has its own way to reach out to people. There is some magic to everything you do while working with them. Rotary has given me the world, it is a ticket to a global network of people with similar interests, to listen to their stories, reach out to people in need.”
The Rotary family is made up of incredible people who care without any reservations. Even in times of uncertainty, one thing remains constant: the dedication and support of our Rotarians. We are forever thankful.Share