Posted by Teresa Liu
Have you ever heard about the term Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? It is defined by World Health Organisation(WHO) that all people have access to the full range of quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. Achieving UHC is a WHO strategic priority, yet working for WHO and contributing to the realisation of UHC in developing countries is an aim for our RI Global Grants Scholar, Hikaru Sato.
Hikaru is a recipient of the RI Global Grants Scholarship Program, which has been sponsored by the RC of Mito of D2820 Japan and hosted by RC Glenferrie in Australia. She graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University Japan with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. She will be studying for her Master of Public Health at Australia Catholic University (ACU).
Each year, on average, Rotary gives out US$7.5 Million in Scholarships, which include Global Grant Scholarships, District Grants, and Rotary Peace Fellowship. The Global Grant Scholarships are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s causes. Hikaru’s study at ACU is well-aligned with the area of focus in Disease Prevention and Treatment. After finishing her study in 2025, she aims to contribute to the containment of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the realisation of UHC in developing countries, and the establishment of sustainable healthcare systems on a global scale. What a dream!
Hikaru will have her first visit at RC Glenferrie on Tuesday, 11 April. Dear fellow Rotarians, please come along and meet her at the meeting.
Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Boroondara Farmers Market (BFM) – The BFM night at the club meeting on Tuesday, 14 March at KLTC, and the Special BFM on Saturday, 18 March at Patterson Reserve, will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BFM. The club will have two occasions to celebrate its significant achievement of the BFM. On the BFM meeting night, Tuesday, 14 March, we’ll have our honorary member Geoff Wood talk about the history of BFM. And the speaker from Chances will give a presentation on the scholarship project being funded by the BFM, which has uplifted students in the Boroondara area in the past 17 years. Welcome to the Councillor Susan Bigger. Let’s celebrate it together.
The special celebration on the site of the BFM at the Patterson Reserve will be on Saturday, 18 March. Cooperating with the Boroondara Council, we’ll make it a successful day with entertainment for the loyal patrons of our BFM and a BBQ for the diligent stallholders. Thanks to everyone who has supported the BFM, Council staff, Glenferrie Rotarians, patrons, stallholders, producers, and friends from the community. Please bring your family and friends along, and join the Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Felicity Sinfield, for this celebration.
Club BBQ Night on the Terrace Tuesday, 28 March at KLTC: The annual BBQ on the Terrace at KLTC is a signature night for Glenferrie Rotarians. This year it will be on Tuesday, 28 March, on the Terrace of KLTC. Thank you, Lynette Spencer, for continuing to organise this event every year. I am sure our members have been craving the fabulous night with a delicious offering of BBQ delights by the catering crew of KLTC. Please save the date and bring your family along.