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Rotary backing Paralympians

Fresh from supporting the London 2012 Olympic Games, Rotarians are now turning their attention to Paralympics, 29th August to 9th September.

Derek Derenalagi
Former soldier Derek Derenalagi is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood. He lost both legs after an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan. Derek is competing in the discus event.

Stefanie Reid, sprinter and long-jumper is being supported by the Rotary Club of Barnet. Stefanie lost her foot in a boating accident but never gave up on sport. She switched from rugby to track and field sports, winning a bronze in the Beijing Paralympics in the women's 200 metres.


The Rotary Club of Winchester is helping to raise funds for two brothers, Adam and David Knott, aged 17 and 15, both of whom have been selected for the Men’s British Paralympic Goalball team. Adam and David have only 10% vision as they suffer from ocular albinism. As keen sportsmae they took up goalball at which they both excel.
The squad has only limited financial support and are always in great need of funds to assist with training, equipment, travel and accommodation. To support the team, Winchester Rotary has launched a public raffle with the aim of raising over £2012.

In addition to backing athletes, Rotary clubs in London are opening their central office in York gate to all visitors, Rotarian and non-Rotarian, during the Games to provide a warm welcome to London and a place to rest.

Elsewhere and the Rotary Club of Newham stepped in to help the Olympic team of Zimbabwe with vital funding. The club supported the seven athletes from Zimbabwe and their team by raising money for them to help them buy their kit for the Games.

In addition, the Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets was invited by the Ethiopian Ambassador to a reception for Ethiopia's Olympic Team. This was to thank the club for its support. The club has various projects in Ethiopia, including providing a village with a fire engine where, sadly, a school was lost to fire as there was no fire engine. The club also helps desolate children.

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