In Support of Polish-Ukrainian Rotary project

By Roy Balfour
The Polish-Ukrainian Rotary project deals with rehabilitation in Poland of a group of 25 Ukrainian children who  are 10 to 12 years old, plus three accompanying adults. The children belong to families who lost their parents in the war unleashed in the East of Ukraine. This project has been successfully going on for the last three Rotary years successfully, and its main financial burden was carried by Polish Rotary clubs.
From this year on, both sides - Polish and Ukrainian - would like to continue it, diversify their itinerary and possibly increase a number of kids in this group. For this, we need additional financing. Our Polish friends have established a website,, which briefs on the project and has options for individual club and Rotarian donations. While the page is in Polish, it can be easily translated by Google.
Remember that District 7910 was a co-sponsor more than 25 years ago of the first Rotary club in Kiev, Ukraine, so we have a very strong Rotary connection. Any support our district can provide will likely be very much appreciated by current Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, who is also member of Kyiv Rotary.
For more information, contact Alexey Kozhenkin, past district governor of District 2230, at
While visiting grandchildren last summer in Europe last summer, Roy Balfour (shown, above left, posing with a member of Kiev Rotary) made a stop in Ukraine, where he shared his club's banners with four Kiev Clubs.
Roy Balfour, of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, may be reached at