Rotary spreads some sunshine

Rotary International has been in the forefront in planting seeds of change across the globe. This year, the Kenyan chapter through the Muthaiga North Rotary Club is seeking to support 6,000 children living with disability through the Sunshine Rally Project. Administration and public relations director, Sylvia Moraa tells us more some sunshine

Tell us about yourself and your involvement with the rotary club.

I am a 33-year-old mother of three boys. I have been involved with this programme for four years. There is a special attachment to giving back to the community, which is what Rotary Club is all about. From the time I joined as a volunteer, I have learnt the value of sharing and caring for fellow humans, in a society fraught with many challenges. I have an autistic child and I, therefore, understand why our children must be loved and protected, especially those with special needs.

What is the Sunshine Rally Project all about?

T This is an annual project with varied themes. This year we are looking at touching lives through partnerships with like-minded people to spend time with children living with disability. Our different clubs across the country target the interest groups or individuals to bring happiness to their faces.

We will seek to raise funds for those who need equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches. Sponsors are an important component of this programme and they help in driving our season theme of “Rotary: making a difference”. One of our main ambassadors is pop artist Nameless.

Give us an overview of how rotary club programmes run?

Mostly, we rely on volunteers to ensure smooth running of our operations because they understand the needs of their jurisdiction areas. However, whenever the of three boys. I have been concern is larger, we have to involve other stakeholders to drive our agenda forward. Rotary International gets involved when the programmes have national or global value. We have an elaborate structure that is divided across zones, districts and countries with the key implementation wing being the over 100,000 clubs.

What is your coverage and reach in regard to the Sunshine Rally Project?

The flagship project covers seven counties. It is a start, but obviously through our other partners we seek to reach more people. At times logistics, manpower, resources and finances can be challenging. However, our various committees try to see that we cover many of the things we set out to do. Our target is to spread our wings and find solutions to the problems afflicting society.

Which other projects is Rotary Kenya involved in?

We are involved in programmes around maternal and child health where we have partnered with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in the Beyond Zero Project. We provided a mobile clinic. We also do school mentorships and soft skills for the students, including building structures in some schools. Our clubs do a lot of vocational training.

What is your impact in the country? Our projects are more empowermentdriven and as such we lay emphasis on sensitisation. There has been overall growth because of our work. Sunshine Rally project, for example, is a chance for all Rotarians to not only give their money and professional skills, but also to give hugs and love.

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