Serve humanity in remote areas
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the Rotarians to expand the areas of their welfare programmes to serve the humanity in remote areas of the country.
“I hope, such welfare programmes will be further expanded and spread across the remote areas,” he said.
The president was addressing the Rotary International District Conference 2009-2010 of Rotary International District 3280 Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Rotary International President's Personal Representative Orsecelik Balkan also spoke at the function, chaired by District Governor of Rotary International District 3280 Bangladesh AKM Shamsul Huda. Representatives from USA, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Nepal attended the function.
Zillur appreciated the Rotarians who continue their services remaining beside the helpless people during the natural calamities.
He mentioned that through the Rotary Clubs, the Rotarians have been providing various services that include charity eye camps, lips and mouth operations, removing illiteracy and distributing warm clothes among the distressed people.
The president also mentioned that Rotary International has achieved appreciation from the global community by eradicating polio from the world through working with World Health Organisation (WHO). “It's a matter of great pleasure today that the polio is going to be rooted out from the world except in some countries,” he said.
He hoped that through this conference mutual relations among the Rotarians would be closer and they would be inspired by themselves to do more nation-building works. “I congratulate the Rotarians engaged in ensuring the welfare of the country and hope their success,” he said.
Zillur also recalled Pall Herrick, father of the Rotarian movement, who started the movement in Chicago in the USA in 1905 and now the Rotarians already expanded their activities across the world.
“Some 12 lakh members of 33,000 Rotary Clubs, imbued with the motto `service to humanity', have been working across the country to build mutual unity, fraternity and sense of cooperation,” he said.
Welcoming the Rotarians in the country, he noted that more than 4,000 Rotarians through some 160 clubs have been working in Bangladesh.