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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Forum Information Forum Title Getting ready in Rustenburg Forum Content Francois Saul and Sibusiso of the Rustenburg Kloof Rotary Club handing out flyers at the Rustenburg taxi rank Send Email 2003 2015 Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Inc All rights Reserved Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention A Rotarian Action Group P O Box 12485 Atlanta GA 30355 USA RFFA was approved by the Rotarian International Board

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    including Rotary South Africa the SA Department of Health Coca Cola South Africa the SABC and various other local and international companies and aid organisations the Rotary Club of Century City has found success in taking this partnership model even further down to grass roots level Being a small club with limited membership and financial resources we had to be innovative in making various partnerships work towards the success of this project The City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department provided the ideal venue at the centre of the community at no charge The Century City Property Owners Association provided great logistics support and utilised their existing relationships to secure volunteers and resources Sinenjongo High School Albow Gardens Clinic City Health and the local Health Committee they cover far more than just health issues in the community provided on the ground community mobilisation by putting up posters in the ideal spots in the community distributing flyers organising people with loud hailers and notifying schools churches and crèches Sanlam also donated cubicle partitions and Ratanga Junction loan us its queue control ropes and stands On the health services side of things the partnership formed is a true testament to what Cape Town can offer its residents We have a long list of health services being offered in partnership by the following organisations and people City of Cape Town Health Department Albow Gardens Clinic City Health the Health Promotion unit and the Environmental Health unit Metro District Health Services Albow Gardens Provincial Health TB HIV Care NGO St John NGO and the local Ward Councillor Dr Joy McCarthy who came on board with additional nurses to assist on the Saturday And as if that s not enough of a success story in terms of partnerships the true spirit of Cape Town

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Name E mail Personal Message Forum Information Forum Title Hout Bay gets ready Forum Content Here s what the Hout Bay site looks like Send Email 2003 2015 Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Inc All rights Reserved Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention A Rotarian Action Group P O Box 12485 Atlanta GA 30355 USA RFFA was approved by the Rotarian International Board in December 2004 RFHA

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    Forum Information Forum Title A report in CXpress Forum Content Here s a report on the Rotary Family Health Days in Plettenberg Bay Doesn t our ad look great Send Email 2003 2015 Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Inc All rights Reserved Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention A Rotarian Action Group P O Box 12485 Atlanta GA 30355 USA RFFA was approved by the Rotarian International

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    before it has even started This project has opened communication channels between Rotarians and National and Local Government and in turn has exposed Rotary to them These alliances are crucial to the future of our organization From the Best Kept Secret we have moved to the Best Known Secret Send Email 2003 2015 Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Inc All rights Reserved Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    000 Rotarians who will be at 160 sites across the country to be of service to you You can find the site nearest you on our website at www rfha org A special thanks to our partners in helping us deliver these health services The S A Department of Health Coca Cola South Africa and the SABC COME SEE US Marion Send Email 2003 2015 Rotarians for Family Health and

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  • Rotarians For Fighting Aids | RFFA
    of Rotary International s focuses literacy in its mission and seeks partners with community organizations and businesses to support the KIDZ Clubs I would like to relay the interest of Pacific Heritage Books in partnering with you to bring both books and perhaps some of its other children s titles to the clubs and the children they serve Because we are a small independent publisher we are unable to make large monetary donations but we would like to and can offer our quality publications to RFFA at a special courtesy discount so many children can enjoy them Please accept complimentary copies of our children s books for your consideration and enjoyment We look forward to hearing from you should you be interested in partnering in bringing any or all of them to RFFA s KIDz Clubs and their members Yours in Rotary service Angi Ma Wong Email to a Friend Comments 02 14 2011 Marion Bunch Dear Angi I have to say that your wonderful letter touched my heart and you made a connection between dear Reagan and our President Oama that I had not considered before Wonderful Thank You I also consider your compliments in high regard since I have read that you yourself are an outstanding podium speaker As we both know one must be convinced that the topis is of real concern and have some valid answers for a solution Thank you so much for your generous offer of partnership It is certainly something that RFFA would consider and hold in high regard You books certainly have gained prominence and impressive awards I will have discussions with my team and get back to you on how we might work together Warmest wishes Marion Submit Comment Name Email Comment Kenya Mission February 7 2011 I was privileged to be one of the team during the huge Kenya Mission in September 2008 It brought home to me the esteem and respect in which RI is held by non Rotarians It has a reputation that we must guard and enhance at all costs The purpose of the mission was to identify and treat AIDS victims To attract them we offered free medical optical and dental treatment to children and to females up to the age of 25 I met AIDS sufferers orphans and young mothers who had nothing To see the immediate impact on the quality of their lives as we delivered the medical optical and dental services was truly rewarding MOMENTS THAT TOUCHED YOUR HEART We hade moments of tragedy moments that made us smile and moments that touched our hearts A young man was brought in with multiple lacerations to his neck and torso the victim of a knife attack His needs were beyond the simple resources we had at the camp so we med evacced him in a 4 4 SUV to the nearest Emergency Room Sadly his injuries proved fatal Thomas was a 12 year old who arrived in the clinic rolling his eyes in agony and clutching his stomach Where does it hurt asked the nurse It s my stomach doctor When did the pain start Err tomorrow Thomas wanted some medication any medication that he could sell as soon as he was out of the camp The triage nurses spotted a girl of about 8 years wandering about totally lost and her spirits obviously broken On her back was an 18 month old infant On investigation they were the two survivors of their family Father had gone mother died of AIDS and the girl was doing her best to care for the infant DIGNITY AND PRIDE The patients lived in metal shanties with earth floors no santitation or running water The population of the Mukuru slum is around 750 000 Despite the appalling living conditions these local people took pride in their appearance always showed a naturally courtesy and carried themselves with pride and dignity THE OUTCOME In 10 working days 11 000 patients passed through triage and were treated in the medical optical and dental clinics Several hundred were referred to the government run Voluntary Treatment and Counselling Clinics that were sited alongside our three health camps RFFA was one of the initiators of the mission and one of the principal mobilisation partners This really was Rotary Service of the highest order Email to a Friend Comments 02 14 2011 Marion Bunch Dear Peter It was a fortunate day when you came on board to direct the logistical operations of the RFFA initiated Kenya Medical Mission a year and a half ago That is the power and wonder of Rotary isn t it when we all get together from around the world to make something really great happen like the Kenya mission But it clearly needed leadership in getting it all organized as well as the leadership you provided on the ground during the mission You are a diplomat of the First Order you have been a great supporter of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children of Africa and you have always supported us at RFFA Bless you Your Friend in Rotary Service Marion Submit Comment Name Email Comment Make A Difference February 7 2011 As I look at my two healthy teenagers with two living parents my heart is broken by the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the children of Africa It is imperative that those of us who can do something to create more Reagans in Africa children who without our help will have no future We can make such a difference in the lives of the children of Africa due to actions we take today Without an education no child has a future And every child deserves a chance at a future Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Impact Millions February 7 2011 Thx for sharing and congratulations on pushing forward with this tremendous project that can truly impact millions I admire your courage perseverence and leadership for undertaking such a project I don t know that you have reason to be in NC at any time but I would still love for you to give your program to my Rotary Clun should the opportunity ever arise Again congrats and stay committed You are making a difference Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment And the Work Goes On February 7 2011 HOPE worldwide Kenya has been working with RFFA and local Nairobi Rotarians since 2005 Our work together started through a multi country grant from USAID that funded support for an orphans and vulnerable children s program It has been exciting dynamic encouraging inspiring and FUN I am so grateful to have the privilege of doing the work I do and to be able to work with dynamic creative and energetic people like Marion Bunch And also to be able to work with and serve the communities infected and affected by HIV In Kenya all of us know someone who is HIV positive We see children every day that are poor and in need of love care education and support It s not only the children that need care and support but their caretakers as well We constantly look for creative solutions to meet the needs around us there are so many I have the privilege to know Reagan and many of the children and young people that help with the work in the informal settlements of Nairobi They are like any other child They have vision dreams and desire for a better life Currently RFFA has raised USD 45 000 that is being used to help pay for education support for children in Mathare Slums in Nairobi Kenya Though primary education is free there are still costs associated with education which makes it difficult for children to be in school Things such as uniforms books school supplies tuition basic health care and disease prevention and other school levies not supported by the government Secondary School High School is NOT free and the cost is beyond what those living in informal settlements can afford And though USD 45 000 is a lot of money it s just a drop in the ocean compared to the needs of over one million children in Kenya alone BUT it s a GREAT start and the children and communities are so grateful I am also a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Nairobi RFFA along with this club and with HOPE worldwide Kenya is pioneering the way forward in developing a Rotary model that will build capacity of poor communites to better serve themselves The possibilities are so endless this letter could be a mini book We will keep sharing over time through the RFFA web site Email to a Friend Comments 02 14 2011 Marion Bunch Malinda my friend and my partner Thank you so much for bringing alive what HOPE worldwide Kenya and RFFA are trying to do in Kenya to help the vulnerable children there You are a wonderful partner and I have learned so much from you about the children s needs and dreams We continue to build a best practice model that will be a sustainable solution for these children so that they ultimately will have the education and the wherewithall to help themselves out of their dire circumstance Your friend Marion Submit Comment Name Email Comment Our Children February 7 2011 I was very touched to hear Reagan s words and have a glimpse into his life experiences He reminds me so much of our own 10 year old son Callum Both boys share a curiosity to learn a drive to make a difference in their community and a shared dream for making the world better One of the primary differences between these two young hearts and minds is geography Our son was fortunate enough to be born in North America and as such he hasn t had to suffer and struggle to survive the way Reagan has each day of his life To loose your parents through AIDS is something no child should have to endure Let alone 12 million My husband and I had the good fortune to meet Marion in Chicago when Rotary celebrated 100 years She was so inspiring that my husband and I happily joined RFFA We have witnessed the incredible difference that Rotary can accomplish through it s many programs such as the work done with Polio Plus For some time we had desired to make a contribution towards the fight against aids in Africa To that end I am proud to share that my husband Wayne volunteered in a medical mission to Nairobi in September 2008 It s possible Wayne might even have encountered Reagan without knowing it The experience was life changing for our whole family and we have been deeply touched by the children of Africa In video footage he brought home we were able to hear the melodic voices of the children saying How are you how are you as they ran beside the shuttle making it s way through the slum It s remarkable to witness the smiles and hope filled faces of these children who have nothing but demonstrate their simple joy to be alive Experiences like that create a very humbling perspective indeed Especially when so many people we encounter in our daily lives take for granted their privileged lives and rarely share their joy openly with others We are so proud of the work RFFA is accomplishing and await the next opportunity to push up our sleeves and help the children of Africa As our own children continue to grow we will encourage them to volunteer and take action against the devastation created by Aids in Africa Together we can make Reagan s dream a reality Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Extraordinary Journey February 7 2011 Marion Bunch is my sister in law Her husband Austin is one of seven siblings in my husband David s family Their 95 year old mother still participates actively in her children s lives and encourages us to have family reunions on a regular basis As we each share what s important in our lives we have been privileged to follow Marion s extraordinary journey since her son Jerry s death Her commitment to doing something to fight AIDS and her recognition of Rotary s potential role is such an inspiration Keep up the good work Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Medical Mission February 7 2011 I am a retired geneticist immuno chemist whose career focused on the development of medical tests including several for HIV In 2008 I had the privilege of participating in Rotary International s largest medical mission which took place in Nairobi Kenya During that trip I met Marion and was as many others very impressed by her efforts on behalf of those suffering from AIDS While participating in the medical mission there were opportunities to visit voluntary counseling and testing clinics This program brings these services to people in the slums eliminating the need to travel to a medical facility Travel in Kenya as in many parts of the developing world is not easy The rapid testing component of the program gives the participant their HIV status during an on site visit allowing immediate further counseling consistent with their condition AIDs is a totally preventable disease and such counseling and testing can do much to reduce its spread A YouTube video on this trip can be found at http www youtube com profile user ericson35 p u 7 NY4GiHxN7MY As a personal note while participating in a Rotary polio immunization program in Dhaka Bangladesh in 2007 I visited a women s clinic in the middle of a slum It was very pleasing to see that they were using an inexpensive HIV rapid test developed by one of my groups in Massachusetts It is currently being sold by Trinity Biotech to practitioners in developing countries around the world Such tests are created in laboratories far from the end users and this chance encounter provided a rare glimpse of such efforts in use I strongly support RFFA and congratulate Marion on the success of her efforts Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Change the World February 7 2011 For me one of the extraordinary aspects of Rotarians whether working in their clubs or through a Rotarian Action Group is their capacity to identify a significant problem or issue that needs to be addressed Then by defining the need and potential solutions Rotarians enlist the support of others to become engaged in the solution By marshalling the time talent and resources of others around the world Rotarians are able to CHANGE the world This is no exaggeration Just take a look at the results to date from Rotary s Polio Eradication initiative The seemingly impossible has been made possible thanks to Rotarians and their partners working together This brings me to Reagan s Pledge The hard truth is HIV AIDS is a fact of life I rarely meet a Rotarian who does not know of someone who has AIDS or has died from it So HIV AIDS is an issue that most readily understand Even so when one considers the millions of innocent children who are victims of the consequences of AIDS such as the 12 million orphans in Africa the reality of HIV AIDS becomes a heart wrenching moment of truth This is where Rotarians step in and Take Action This where Rotarians For Fighting AIDS RFFA a leading Rotarian Action Group is making a powerful impact It is potentially changing the world for good For sure RFFA is changing the lives of children such as Reagan Onjiju of Kenya Ultimately it can change forever the lives of millions To understand how this can be just watch the powerful story shared by Marion Bunch in the YouTube video Reagan s Dream With this video we can only say case closed Now it s time for YOU to Take Action Sign up today by joining RFFA and or by making a generous contribution By doing so you will help fulfill Reagan s pledge and his dream Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Step Up February 7 2011 It was back in the fall of 2003 at the Zone 33 34 Institute that Marion spoke and asked for volunteers to help her in the fight to help Orphans and Vulnerable Children affected by HIV AIDS I stepped up to the plate and volunteered and here we are six years later Marion is a member of our neighboring Rotary Club and I knew that she had passion to make a difference in what Rotary could do to help fight the poverty that was being caused by the disease in Africa and throughout the World Our growth was slow at first speaking to Zones and District Conferences and generating members from like Rotarians who felt a desire to help in this work It has been and still is a pleasure to work with Marion and assist in the everyday operations of RFFA and seeing the operation grow and develop leaders throughout the Rotary World helping to overcome the terrible plight of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Countries affected by HIV AIDS The work of the Rotarians in Countries outside North America is amazing because they are living amongst the problems Email to a Friend Comments Submit Comment Name Email Comment Congratulations February 7 2011 Dear Marion Congratulations on your partnership with Reagan s Pledge and the Kenyan Rotarians I am most impressed with the accomplishments of Rotarians Against AIDS in harnessing the commitments of community and business leaders throughout the world and it is most appropriate to prioritize partnership with colleagues in Kenya Much has been accomplished during the first three decades that AIDS has been recognized but we are humbled by the remaining challenges to the individuals and communities affected most deeply

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  • Untitled Document
    24th FROM 9 30 a m to 11 a m IN ROOM 384 of the MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER Please join RFFA Board Members as we discuss and answer your questions about The business of RFFA Confirmation of the RFFA Board of Directors An update on the HIV AIDS issue A report on RFFA s amazing progress this past year RFFA s future goals Until we see you in New Orleans

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