KAMPALA SET TO HOST ROTARY INTERNATIONAL’S AFRICAN YOUTH CONFERENCE
(Posted 29th September 2013)
(District Governor Katongole making the announcement)
Rotary International – a global humanitarian organization, has planned five forums during the year 2013/14 for young professionals, youth, scholars, community activists and Rotary members. The aim of these continental conferences is to find ways of working in unity towards the common goal of making the world a better place. The forums, referred to as Rotary International Presidential Conferences, will be hosted by Rotary International’s President Ron D. Burton.
In Africa, Uganda has been selected as the host of the Rotary International Presidential Africa Youth Conference 2013 , taking place from 4th – 5th November, 2013. The conference will be held in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala at the Hotel Africana, under the theme ‘Engage Rotary Change lives: Taking Charge of the Future’.
Uganda belongs to the Rotary International District 9211, which after a major realignment some years ago, due to the significant growth of clubs in the region, was carved out of the former District 9200 and now covers Uganda and Tanzania. The head of this district for the year 2013/14 is District Governor Emmanuel Katongole. He said in a media release received overnight about the conference that: ‘… it is an immense honor for Uganda to host an event of this magnitude. It is also a global recognition of the work and selflessness of thousands of Rotarians in Uganda’.
The Rotary International President will arrive in Uganda on 3rd November 2013 and plans to hold meetings with senior government and business leaders, visit Rotary projects and chair the youth conference at Hotel Africana. Mr. Burton will also participate as a ‘Goodwill Ambassador for Rotary’ in the promotion of proper ‘Hand Washing with Soap’ at Kiwuliriza Primary School.
While in Uganda he will also distribute mosquito nets and reproductive health kits to expectant mothers and young children all of which are part of charitable activities and projects of the Ugandan Rotary clubs.
Outside Uganda, the Rotary International Presidential Africa Youth Conferences will be held in India for Asia
United Kingdom for Europe and in Brazil for the Americas. More than 2.000 participants are expected to come to Kampala from the Eastern African region and beyond to participate in the conference. A warm welcome to The Pearl of Africa goes to all the expected participants.