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International Rotary Institute held in Cyprus marked with huge success

  • Important humanitarian issues were discussed, in the presence of 300 dignitaries, from 40 countries

With great success and with the participation of over 300 dignitaries, a gathering of Rotary officials from 40 countries took place in Limassol, for the first time in the history of Cyprus Rotary, within the framework of the Zone 21 Institute. Specifically, dignitaries from European and Middle Eastern countries and Africa were in Cyprus between November 9-13.

The Institute tackled critical and current issues such as Disease Prevention, Basic Education, Environment, Girls Empowerment, Diversity, Equity, Social Inclusion and Partnership Development. At the same time, the participants had the opportunity for discussions and networking, exchange of ideas and information about the developments, initiatives, and priorities of Rotary International.

The choice of Cyprus as the host of the Institute and the presence of the President of Rotary International Jennifer Jones in our country was of particular importance, placing Cyprus Rotary, and our country at the forefront of Rotary around the world.

Jennifer Jones: Rotary is deeply rooted in Cyprus

On her visit to Cyprus, Jennifer Jones noted: ‘The institute was such a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends from more than forty countries. Many of these countries are from conflict areas and it punctuates so profoundly how we build world peace through understanding. Every time we attend a meeting like this, we leave with more friends than when we arrived. The heart of Cyprus touched each of us, as the Rotary family is alive, and well-rooted on this island.’

In the framework of the work of the Conference, Jones, together with Cypriot and foreign delegates, had the opportunity to visit the fire-ravaged mountainous area of ​​Larnaca, specifically the village of Ora, where they planted trees. ‘The heart of Cyprus touched each of us who attended, and the Rotary family is alive and well on this island nation. Our visit to Ora village to see the work of our Rotary family in helping to rebuild following the fires was incredibly impactful.’, commented J. Jones.

Equally important was the visit to the Karaiskakio Foundation, which is actively supported by the Cyprus Rotary. Recently, the Rotary Clubs of Cyprus in collaboration with other Rotary clubs abroad and the Rotary Foundation purchased equipment for the Children’s Cancer Diagnostic Laboratory, worth 400,000 dollars. The state-of-the-art laboratory determines the type of cancer in children and young adults and recommends treatment that minimizes collateral damage from cancer treatment. Jennifer Jones expressed her admiration and congratulated the Karaiskakio Foundation for its work and world leading achievements.

The Cyprus Rotary expresses their gratitude for the opportunity to host the Institute of Zone 21 because it offered the required inspiration to the participants to enhance their humanitarian action through targeted projects for the benefit of humanity.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

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Since World War II, The Rotary Foundation has funded projects around the world, offering more than four billion dollars, while providing approximately 47 million hours of volunteer service each year for the greater good of humanity. Among the international personalities who have served as Rotarians are Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, Guglielmo Marconi, Thomas Edison, and Walt Disney, while Pope Francis is currently an active supporter of Rotary.

Rotary in Cyprus

Locally, the Cyprus Rotary is one of the few organizations that operate beyond the dividing line of our country since Rotarians from all communities of Cyprus work together harmoniously and with pride to serve humanity.

The Rotary Clubs (RCs) of Cyprus have played for years a decisive role in the implementation of many projects to meet the needs of all communities.

The grandest and most emblematic project of the RCs is the recent purchase of equipment for the Children’s Cancer Diagnostic Centre at the Karaiskakio Foundation. The $400,000 state-of-the-art lab determines the type of cancer in children and young adults and recommends a treatment that minimizes collateral damage from cancer treatment.


Demetris Pantazis| Past President 2019 – 2021 | ΡΟ Nicosia Lefkothea

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