RCPI News and Stories
Sep 06, 2016 by Helen Noll
RCPI Member Josef Simpartl organised a club visit to Sananim, a charity which works hard to help those overcoming drug addiction. Their mission statement includes the following phrase:
'We do not wish to walk indifferently away from those who have lost faith in themselves'
The facility we visited is above Prague 5: a centre which treats men and woman, with their families to get well after the effects of drug addiction. They learn skills along the way, making cheese from their own goats, growing vegetables and also run a cafe in Prague – Cafe Therapy!
For us they laid on some clay works, it was easy to see how this therapy can be helpful, it is relaxing but also consumes the mind, we were very quiet whilst concentrating on various bowls, plates and mugs. In November RCPI will hold a major fund-raising event for Sananim, as we did last year and it is great to see and hear what work they are doing. They success rate is around 70% of people being clean after one year and they are the only place in the Czech Republic that accepts broken families, they all need healing. The team at Sananim are caring and compassionate, it takes a special kind of person to work in this type of environment.
Aug 17, 2016 by Christian Noll
Matej Novak, the organiser of TEDx Prague visited our club and made a great TEDx style presentation about TEDx. Now what does this all mean? You may ask. TED was born in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman's observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design. The first TED included a demo of the compact disc, the e-book and cutting-edge 3D graphics, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines using his developing theory of fractal geometry. TED became so popular that it spawned TEDx - locally organised events which follow the principles of TED.
The most important aspects of a TEDx talk is that it has to be 'an idea worth spreading' and has to be delivered in 18 minutes. There are over 30,000 talks in the free library to date originating from 133 countries.
Matej organises the annual TEDx Prague conference which will take place on the 30th October. The theme of this year's conference is “Ours and theirs”. Among other things, this also concerns current society-wide issues.
Sanan, RCPI President, thanked Matej for a very interesting talk and a concept 'definitely worth sharing'.
Aug 12, 2016 by Christian Noll
Reena Sattar, HR Officer of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Czech republic, visited RCPI recently and introduced members and guests to the challenging and rewarding world of this very well known organisation. MSF, founded in 1971, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. The objective is to deliver emergency medical aid quickly, effectively, and impartially.
Reena explained the work of the organisation, its origins and its values. She has been a member of MSF for many years and has worked in many countries where medical aid is desperately needed. Reena's passion for selflessly helping others in need was infectious as she told of how she worked in war torn countries, setting up hospitals and treating patients in private houses because no other facilities were available. MSF has gained huge international respect and is on many occasions the first organisation to reach a crisis zone. The impartiality of the organisation has earned it the respect and trust which allows it to operate, on many occasions treating patients from both sides of a conflict. Reena explained: "we have a strict rule - no guns allowed inside our hospitals, and preferably no military uniforms. We treat patients as human beings not as soldiers or civilians."
Sanan, RCPI President, thanked Reena for a truly informative and passionate presentation. If you want to know more abut the work of MSF or want to offer your services please email Reena.
Aug 12, 2016 by Christian Noll
At a recent club meeting RCPI President Sanan Puhtrakul presented Marie Jehlickova with a Paul Harris Fellowship. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.
Marie is a long standing member of RCPI and is a strong supporter of 'doing good' which she demonstrates through her continuous involvement in and support of club activities.
Marie received a standing ovation from members of the club as Sanan presented her with the certificate.