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The SANANIM Gala was a great success and it is still possible to make donations via our on-line portal. Remember, there is a benefactor who will increase the total amount depending on how much has been donated. Go on - cut out Starbucks this week and donate the money to SANANIM through RCPI!
Click HERE to make an on-line donation
A huge THANK YOU to Naomi SullivanCallender for organising the SANANIM Gala Evening which once again raised funds for this amazing and life transforming charity. SANANIM  provides services in the area of prevention, treatment and re-socialization of non-alcoholic drug addictions. SANANIM has a number of different programmes including an Outreach Program where the primary goal is to find the risk users of injected non-alcoholic drugs directly in the streets, to protect them (and, at the same time, the healthy population that is in everyday contact with them) from infectious diseases, to motivate them keep them in the best social and medical state possible before they decide to abstain form substances all together.
"It is wonderful to see so many generous supporters this evening", said event organiser Naomi. "The funds raised this evening will go towards transforming lives and make a real difference to individuals and families and I would like to thank everyone who contributed on the evening and also the generous supporters and sponsors of the event."
Wonderful company, delicious food, amazing auction prizes accompanied by live swing music from Peter Kroutil and his band made this an evening to remember. This really was an evening which exemplified our Rotary club motto: "having fun - doing good".
See the pictures of the event HERE
Dear Friends & Rotarians,
Thank you very much for your help and support for this year's Indian Food Helps! fund raiser for our Indian schools project.
Thanks to you, whether you promoted, ordered food for yourself, delivered food, or all three as some Rotarians did. We sold 735 lunches which is 10 more than last year and a new record. As a result we made 59,260 Kč which is also a record. Very well done.
A thank you mail has been sent to every organisation and individual who ordered along with the certificate of appreciation which is attached also for you.
Special thanks must go first and naturally to Mamun without whose hard work and generosity this would not be possible and also to our dedicated delivery Superstars who did a truly amazing job this year.
We will be in India once again in January to see how our efforts help more children and more schools. If you are interested in joining, do please contact me.
Best regards,
Gerry Tipple

A joyful Rotary meeting as we welcomed Ivo Krýsa as a member of Rotary Club Prague International, at a ‘pinning ceremony’ held at our regular venue, the Holiday Inn at the Prague Convention Center.

Led by Ivo, all members recited the Rotary 4 way test, to remind us of our service above self mission.

Welcome Ivo!

The annual charity Dragon Boat Challenge is one of the main fundraising events for Rotary Club Prague International. The money raised through the event id donated to charities and at the last RCPI club meeting ICTUS was the recipient of a cheque for CZK 84,000. ICTUS cares for stroke victims to help them to lead a full life and engage in activities in society.  Jan Dohnalek, representing ICTUS was absolutely delighted with the donation which presented by past RCPI President Josef. Jan thanked the members for the donation and for the long term support which RCPI has provided to ICTUS.
Rotary is all about helping those less fortunate than ourselves and it was a pleasure for Fernanda Escobar to welcome members of the ZIVOT90 charity to our recent club meeting. On behalf of RCPI, Fernanda presented a cheque for CZK 205,000 (Euro 8,000) to help the charity continue its tremendous work for the elderly. Jaroslav Lorman, Dagmar Sladká and Jan Lorman were delighted on behalf of all the people helped by ZIVOT90 to receive the donation which was raised through the Charity Dragon Boat Challenge this year. Jan commented on the longstanding relationship RCPI has with ZIVOT90 and emphasised how important this is for the continued operation of the charity.
To become a Paul Harris Fellow is one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary International, especially when it is bestowed on someone who is not a member of RI. This is how Jan Jan Dohnálek was honoured at our last club meeting for his tireless work for stroke victims through the ICTUS charity. RCPI has supported ICTUS with funding for many years and Jan has led the charity throughout all this time. "Jan is a very special person who has dedicated himself to improving teh lives of others." said Marie Jehlickova at the award ceremony. Gerry Tipple explained that the Paul Harris Fellowship was a very special recognition from our club for Jan and his tremendous work in the community.
Eva Nagajová from Allianz Insurance has been a great supporter of Rotary Club Prague International by providing public liability insurance for the club. "In the very unlikely situation that something should happen at one of our RCPI Events it is very reassuring to know that we are covered by insurance from Allianz." said Fernanda Escobar, RCPI President 2019/20. Handing over a small gift to Eva, Fendanda went on to say: "We would like to thank Eva and Allianz for their ongoing support, it is very much appreciated by our club."
International Friendship is a huge part of Rotary and it is wonderful to welcome visitors from other countries to our meetings. At our last club meeting Fernanda, RCPI President, welcomed Gérard Pouet, Past President of Rotary Club Pau, YEO and Treasurer Eliane Voisin, President of Rotary Club Bordeaux Bouscat. It is traditional in Rotary to exchange flags as a sign of international friendship and as a long term reminder of all the clubs which have linked up by members visiting each other.
The Ambassador of Mexico, the Honorable Leonora Rueda, joined our club meeting this week at the invitation of RCPI President Fernanda Escobar.
Ambassador Rueda made an excellent presentation to members and friends about Mexico and the ties and connections with Europe and the Czech Republic. In fact the Czech Republic has influenced Mexico significantly right back to the 15th Century when Czechs brought expertise in the areas of medicine and music which have had a lasting influence. In more recent history Mexico remembered the atrocities which took place at Lidice by naming a town (now part of Mexico City) San Jerónimo Lídice. Ambassador Rueda informed the meeting that sunsequently Lidice was also taken up as a girls name in Mexico.
Fernanda Escobar thanked the Ambassador for her very interesting and relevant speech and wished Mexico and the Czech Republic a long and successful collaboration.
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