- Published on Monday, 06 August 2012 03:12
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ROTARY Club Morogoro Central got its new president recently in a short but colourful ceremony that took place in Morogoro Municipality.
Various people who attended the function spoke highly of the need to serve people and societies and look beyond one-self as explained by the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self.” Our Correspondent attended the event and he reports what transpired...
BROWSE through the worldwide web about what Rotary has achieved around the world and you will be surprised. The amazing thing is that all that have been achieved have been accomplished by people who are ready to serve their fellow human beings on voluntary basis.
These are people with the zeal to see the world a better place to live where individuals and societies love one another and live to serve each other where necessary.
Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Made up of over 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world Ð and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.
Their motto, “Service Above Self” speaks volume. It exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the 1.2 million Rotarians world-wide and their service efforts are directed toward peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating polio.
Although a strong push is still needed now to root it out once and for all, it is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. According to the association’s website reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-freeworld presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a US$535 million funding gap through 2012. It says that Rotary alone cannot fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.
It is in this line of thinking that a new President of Rotary Club Morogoro Central, Prof Faustin Kamuzora is urging members of the club to strengthen the spirit of helping the needy and contributing to various projects in their societies. Prof Faustin Kamuzora who is also the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Finance and Administration) of Mzumbe University, says that helping the needy or working toward serving humanity should be the ultimate goal for everyone.
“We should learn and love to serve and dedicate to our societies and humanity at large,” he says. “It is now six years since Rotary Club was started here in Morogoro and we have done a lot in helping the needy in various fields such as education, water and sanitation and fighting malaria “we are proud of that,” he says. Some of these projects are implemented in partnership with
other clubs around the world and others are funded by club members themselves through volunteering time and contributing money.
He says Rotary has branches all over the world and almost in all regions in Tanzania and urged more people to join the club for the benefit of the larger societies and humanity at large. Similarly, because each Rotary member is required to shoulder at least one position of leadership annually, joining Rotary provides an opportunity to sharpen one’s leadership skills and experience. Currently the club is using member contributions to help in the fight of polio especially in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He explains that the Club is planning to work with some stakeholders such as Morogoro Municipality to facilitate in creating a beautiful and modern garden at SabaSaba grounds in Morogoro municipality that will serve as a recreation and reading area for and also drawing zebra crossing on a number of roads around schools for the safety of children. “Tanzanians should join this club for the purpose of helping each other,” he notes.
On his part, Mvomero District Commissioner in Morogoro region, Mr Anthony Mtaki urges youths in the country to join the club and take part in helping their societies and country at large and learn leadership skills. He says the country depends on youths to attain development and that they should use such avenues to show their talents for the good of the nation. “We have to cultivate the spirit of helping the needy and each other,” he says.
The spirit of helping each other is well entrenched in Tanzania’s society and this should be taken as an advantage to join such clubs which focuses on some noble causes. Such memberships as propagated by Prof Kamuzora will see creation of networks that will not only benefit individuals but also the whole country as well. A membership of this grass-root organisation consisting of business professionals and community leaders that volunteer time, talent and resources in order to remedy vital community needs should really be everyone desire.
This may help brush away ideas some of us have that the government should be responsible for all our development. Rotary in Tanzania and in other countries has proved that huge projects and causes can be accomplished by people who come together and volunteer themselves irrespective of colour, tribe, sex or religion.