On the ball in Kenya…

Standing in as KPOA coordinator in Nairobi at the eleventh hour, Geeta Manek writes: “The ball is in my hands and I’m trembling! This ball has been to some awesome places and I am thrilled to bits to be the first Rotarian to have it in my possession! ”

The ball has gathered lots of positive energy during its incredibly successful four day visit to Kenya from March 15 – 18. These are some of the highlights:

The Prime Minister of Kenya – His Excellency Raila Odinga with Geeta Manek , Rtn Anju Paunrana and Jessy Benawra . The Prime Minister, who is a great football fan, will be coming to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His Excellency was very happy to provide Rotarians an audience, at short notice, to acknowledge the wonderful contribution Rotarians and its global partners have made in the eradication of Polio.

The Minister of Public Health – The Hon. Beth Mugo signing the ball in her office and full of praise for the work Rotarians are doing. This photograph appeared in the Kenya Times on March 16.

To the left – The Mayor of Nairobi with Miss Kenya – Fiona Koncellah and KPOA coordinator Geeta Manek.

Below – Rotarian Alan Simu with Doctors and staff at the clinic in Kibera, the slum of slums, where Rotarians carry out grassroots immunisations. Photograph alongside: Street boys who have been rehabilitated, work hard to build the community at the Kibera informal settlement. They are agents of change in the community through sports – especially football.

The ball was also received with great enthusiasm and fanfare at a number of Rotary club meetings. Geeta writes: “We have now added a small autograph book (very tiny and virtually weightless) as lots of officials and dignitaries wanted to sign the ball.  I am truly proud of Rotarians in Kenya – this is teamwork at its best! Thanks for motivating and inspiring all the Rotarians in Kenya”.

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