Prime Minister opens Polio Summit tomorrow

Prime Minister of India S. Manmohan Singh shall be inaugurating the Polio Summit that opens tomorrow at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
It is for the first time that a joint summit by Government of India and Rotary International is being organised.
This is a significant event for all the Rotarians...and in fact, the entire humanity on this planet.
In India we have just completed one year when not a single polio case has been registered.
Overall, the annual number of polio cases have diminished by more than 99 percent since the initiative was launched by Rotary in 1988, when polio infected about 3,50,000 children every year.
Through Rotary efforts and active participation of the governments around the world, more than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 2,50,000 deaths.
At this stage, today, we require much more concerted endeavours to keep the status-quo...maintain the zero polio-case level, which alone can ensure a polio-free world for our children.


Harbhajan Mann's Hearty Gesture


Harbhajan Mann also contributes for one heart surgery

Chandigarh, February 23:  There could not have been a better gift from the star Panjabi actor and singer, Harbhajan Mann, who not only came to perform free of cost for the Heartline Concert organized by Rotaract Club Chandigarh at Panjab University campus yesterday but also made his contribution for one heart surgery under the Rotary Heartline project.
Rotary Heartline project, started in 1999 by Rotary Club of Chandigarh has so far done 400 free heart surgeries for children from economically-challenged background, informed Mrs. Neena Singh, President , Rotary Club of Chandigarh. 
We deeply commend this noble gesture by an artist like Harbhajan Mann  who not only went out of his way to support the cause through his gratis performance but also contributed for the surgery of one child, she added.
Rotaract president Pragya Kapil informed that Rotaract club had been organizing the Heartline Concert to raise funds for and support the Rotary Club Chandigarh’s heartline project since 2005.
The concert began with a ramp walk by Rotaractors of DAV MCM, DAV College and Gian Jyoti Institute of Management, followed by an energetic bhangra performance by the students of Doaba college.
Upcoming artist Vineypal Buttar set the tone of the concert with his recent release dedicated to Sri Guru Gobind Singh, and popular number “Chudail”.
Harbhajan Mann started off with a prayer and moved the audience with his touching songs, “Maanwan, maanwan…”, and “Maan jannat da parchhavan…”, and later made everyone dance to his lilting foot-tapping numbers, “Le gayiaan chain churaake sajjan de akhiyaan…”, “Lalli laal dupatte wali”, and ever-green “Gallan goriyaan…”.
Rtn. Pres Neena Singh, Rtr Pres Pragya, and Harbhajan Mann released the souvenir published by Rotaract Club of Chandigarh, on this occasion. 


Being Human: From Knoxville to Bapudham


US girls gift for children of Bal Bahar school in Bapu Dham

Nicolle from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA was in 9th standard when accompanied by her sister and Rotarian parents visited Chandigarh to be a part of the team of Rotarians from various countries who visited India to participate in national immunization day for polio.
She was overwhelmed as she went around visiting the slums and Bapu Dham colony. One of the Rotarian couples from the city, Major B.M. Singh and his wife, Kiran, took them to the school and crèche that they were running for the children of the colony.  Nicolle interacted with them as the children sat around on make shift rooms, with no proper kitchen, flooring, or uniforms.
She was moved.  “I became attached to every child, and something inside me was torn and I wanted to do something for these children,” she said.  
“I thought this was a normal reaction that a child from abroad would have looking at the conditions here, and I almost forgot about it,” said Major B.M. Singh, who was surprised to see their commitment. 
However, for Nicolle, and her classmatesit became her life mission.  Being human, was perhaps the only reason that ignited the fire in them. 
Helped by their Rotarian parents, they set up the Interact Club in their school, Webb School of Knoxville, with Nicolle as the first club president.
“Bal Bahar School in Bapu Dham was our first project, and we decided to raise funds. We organized holi, hosted an Indian dinner for the community, published a 2012 calendar also and successfully sold its copies for US$15 each to the people to collect funds,” Nicolle said.
Accompanied by the incoming president elect of Interact Webb School, Isabel, who is currently in 9th standard, and their respective mothers, brought gifts for the 150 children who study at Bal Bahar, and also presented a cheque of US$ 11,000 to Major B.M. Singh, for the school.
Working for the children of Bal Bahar, had been the most satisfying for us, say Nicolle and Isabel, as they left for Delhi for their onward journey back home.

Young Heroes programme launched

Rotary Club of Chandigarh and Rotaract Clubs sponsored by our Club, joined hands with the Chandigarh Police to make our city safe.
Named 'Young Heroes' programme, engages the young Rotaractors in reaching out to homes to ensure people are made aware about community's own participation.
"Safety remains our major concern since that alone can ensure an environment wherein anyone can be more productive, efficient, and use his/her full potential," said Mr. Alok Kumar, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Traffic), addressing the Rotarians and Rotaractors at Rotary House today.
Accompanied with SP Operations Mr R.S. Ghuman, DSP HQ Ashish Kapoor, and Inspector Ram Gopal of ICCRU for Traffic Safety, interacted with the youngsters and demonstrated the nuances of spreading the message across all sections of the society.
He informed that after the Rotaractors and others who want to volunteer for the programme fill out the form and submit to the traffic police, the department will organise an orientation programme besides issuing them with special identity cards to facilitate them in this campaign.
DIG Alok Kumar said that these 'Young Heroes' would be the brand ambassadors for this mission to generate awareness among the residents.
Speaking on the occasion, Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo complimented the enthusiastic Rotaractors and hoped that this mission to create a better and safe city can be realised through their continued participation and involvement. "You must take up this task as a mission to make a difference in the lives of the people," he added.
DG Manpreet Singh encouraged the Rotaractors to bring the positive change in their own self as responsible citizens and then bring the change in the attitude of the people through concerted campaign.
Earlier Rtn. PP Arvind Mahajan introduced the chief guest DIG Alok Kumar.
This is a great initiative of our club and anyone can join this campaign for a safe city.