Category Archives: Fife

May Book Blogger Hop

Hey, I’m a bit late for last week’s Book Blogger Hop but here’s my answer to:

What book character do you think you are most like and why?

Like Harriet (Hetty) Deveraux, from Sarah Maine’s House Between Tides, I have ancestry from a small island. In my case my great grandmother was Harriet Renier who was born on the island of Alderney.

Hetty is drawn to her ancestral home, as I have always been to Alderney. I now live in Fife where there are so many similarities between here and The Channel Islands, especially to Alderney. The pace of life, sense of community, the seascapes and landscape too. (although not so many forts, castles abound!)

Hetty is inspired and interested in history, as I am. If there is a mystery she wants to discover the truth. I love to research and ‘dig’ into the past, and so Libby from Sarah Maine’s Women of the Dunes also resonates with me.

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What character in a novel you’ve read recently are you most like?

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Volunteer Recognition Day ~ 20th April 2021

One Step Back into the World Again

On Sunday I joined my first session of socially distancing Kinghorn in Bloom; a volunteer group who work to enhance the beauty of our lovely coastal town in Fife, Scotland. It felt as if I was being liberated:

Tulips on the Kinghorn Loch Road

liberated…

from lock down, …

from loss,

from grief,

from guilt,

from a burden too heavy to carry.

Set free …

to be me again,

to serve,

to smile,

to contribute,

to enjoy the simple pleasures of flowers and plants.

Having returned from Bedford and my Mum’s cremation service I had a week of relative isolation before rejoining the world. This coincided with changes in regulations.

It’s going to take a while, but The Healing Paths of Fife are working their magic once more. Life moves on and I’m left with precious memories.

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WORLD POLIO DAY 2020

On 24th OCTOBER 2020 the Rotary Worldwide is celebrating World Polio Day.

Why are we celebrating?

Ryan Hyland writes:

African region declared free of wild poliovirus

“The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.”

“Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians.”

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Bill Gates and The Rotary

On endpolio.org the Rotary describe how Bill Gates has worked with them to raise funds by matching contributions by 2-1.

Here’s what they say:

“Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. In 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to ending polio.

Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.

Since we started the fight against polio, we’ve reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine. There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but we will not stop until we reach zero. If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed. Global health care costs would rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life would be drastically diminished.”

Why is this so pertinent in today’s world?

The work the Rotary has done working with The World Health Organisation to eradicate Polio in the most vulnerable and inaccessible places in the world since 1988 gives us hope in todays world that, once we have a vaccine for Covid 19 that we can use lessons learnt, infrastructure in place and networks in order to administer the vaccine worldwide too.

Why PURPLE for Polio?

“The reason Rotary choose purple is because when a child receives their life saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days in many countries their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their life-saving vaccine.”

Look out for events near you.

In the area in Fife, Scotland around Burntisland, Kinghorn, Aberdour and Achtertool the Burntisland and Kinghorn Rotary Club have organised  a ‘raising awareness’ campaign by a photo competition on Facebook and another exciting event which I’ll post here after the weekend.

PURPLE 4 POLIO PHOTO CONTEST

Why don’t you get snapping and enter before 5th November!

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