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108 years of community service

Nasik Swami
Monday, February 25, 2013

CHARITABLE organisation, Rotary International celebrated its 108th birthday in Suva on Saturday.

The celebrations also marked Rotary's 108 years of community service in the world.

Rotarians, government officials, officials from the private sector and well wishers of the organisation converged at the residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner in Sukuna Rd to mark the momentous occasion.

President of Rotary Club Suva North Griffon Emose said the birthday celebration reflected the important journey Rotary had made.

"The birthday is very important for all Rotarians worldwide as it reminds us what we can do.

"It reminds us that we want to change the whole world through charity," Mr Emose said.

He said the Rotary Club in Fiji had accomplished a lot through its major projects.

"Our major projects include the Rotary Pacific Water Foundation.

"We have built things like schools, hospitals, provided disaster relief and constantly helped people in need," Mr Emose said.

Rotary International has 1.2 million members in about 34,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary members often volunteer communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.