West African Rotarians Gather in Banjul to Inspire Development
More than five hundred members of 80 rotary clubs from across West Africa are gathering in Banjul for the 6th edition of the Rotary District 9101 Assembly and Conference (DAC).
Rotary International is an international service organization which started the US city of Chicago in 1905 to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace around the world. The Banjul event is aimed at continental development.
Speaking at the official opening of the event Friday, Haris R. Bhatt, a representing the president of Rotary International said Rotary International and its various structures across the world have succeeded in connecting the world.
He tasked influential members of the club, such as those holding elective or appointed positions to ensure the responsibility of the office of which they are elected or appointed are discharged. “Be the inspiration to deliver for your community.”
The district governor of Rotary 9101, Akiladi J Allen, a Gambian said the achievement of Rotary International and its various clubs are many, singling out its roles in eradicating polio disease in Africa under a period of thirty years.
“Malaria is a killer disease in West Africa and we want to bring it to the attention of Rotary International because if polio can be controlled in 30 years, malaria can also be. I also want to bring to the attention of Rotary International and our partners the issue of water. We want to bring clean water to the door step of every family.”
District 9101, which ends Saturday, comprises of 1800 Rotarians from 79 clubs in Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali and Cape Verde.