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Rotary turns focus on rubella virus

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Over 8,000 persons gathered at YMCA, Nandanam, on Saturday to try their hand at a Guinness record at an event organised by Rotary District 3230 —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
Over 8,000 persons gathered at YMCA, Nandanam, on Saturday to try their hand at a Guinness record at an event organised by Rotary District 3230 —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Rotary International on Saturday launched a conference for Rotoractors in the city by organising a rubella vaccination camp.

At the camp held at Dr. MGR Janaki College for Women, around 1,000 girls were vaccinated against the viral infection. This year, Rotary International, will focus on raising awareness about rubella.

Rotary International’s world president Ron D. Burton inaugurated the conference of Rotoractors which was attended by Rotarians in the city.

The theme of the conference is ‘Youth for the future’. Around 25,000 Rotoractors in the 18-30 age group will participate in the two-day event which includes a number of programmes, such as mock United Nations-type assembly sessions. The youth will also listen to motivational speeches by Rotarians.

This year, Rotary International plans to hold five such conferences across the globe. The conference in the city includes a walkathon, a cycle rally and an autorickshaw exhibit rally.

The Rotoractors in the city have three aims — to eradicate polio completely from the world, raise awareness about the need to follow traffic rules and create awareness about the need to be vaccinated against rubella. The weekend programmes include awards presentation to youth icons in various fields of activity.

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