Election of new Rotary President
Donal Magner has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Wicklow, taking over from Tom Mulvihill at Saturday's annual President's Dinner held in Tinakilly Country House Hotel.
Mr Magner told members and guests at the dinner that he aims to continue the club's social and charitable work in Wicklow as well as supporting a number of international projects.
'We have supported a diverse number of charities and local projects since the club was founded in 1988 and we will continue to support these but I'd like to place emphasis on two initiatives aimed at young people,' said Mr Magner.
'These are the Youth Leadership Development Awards and Foróige's the Way Project. The Youth Leadership Awards provide opportunities for Wicklow third level students to debate with fellow students across Europe in forums such as the European Parliament in Strasburg. We also support the aims of Foróige and the Wicklow Youth Mental Health Initiative in providing services to assist young people in raising self esteem and dealing with issues arising from poverty, social exclusion, youth crime, early school leaving and substance abuse.'
He also outlined the club's international dimension in educational and health programmes.
'When Wicklow Rotary was founded, the crippling disease of polio was present in 125 countries but today it has been eradicated in 122 countries with a vaccine programme that has reached more than 2.5 billion children. We in Wicklow have joined with 33,000 other Rotary clubs around the world in this success story which has raised €1.4 billion over the years with help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,' added Mr Magner.
He went on to pay tribute to Rotary members and local organisations for supporting charities such as Wicklow Cancer and Wicklow Dementia as well as local community projects.