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Pushpa Pushpalingam receives the D9465 Rotarian of the Year Award from DG Erwin Biemel

Pushpa – Our Rotarian of the Year!

Awardee:  Pushpa Pushpalingam – Cannington Rotary Club

PDG Pushpa Pushpalingam was appointed with the approval of
the Board to the role of District Foundation Chair  (DFC) for a three year appointment from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

As incoming DFC,  Pushpa was instrumental in the roll-out of the
new foundation grants model formerly called “Future Vision”.

It fell to the District to design organize and run a qualification and
training session in November 2012 in preparation for the launch
of Future Vision. In addition sessions were organized for PETS and Assemblies to further train incoming Presidents and directors on how the new system will work.

Pushpa also attended training in San Diego in January 2013 incidentally after he ran the District Training for Future Vision.

Pushpa has worked closely with our Grants Chair Hugh Langridge in implementing the District Grants process and in calling for and reviewing submissions for grants. He has also worked closely with Clubs on Global Grant applications making countless phone calls at all hours to RI in Evanston to seek clarifications and sort out issues on applications for Grants.

The Global Grants system being in its first year of a full Global roll-out has presented many challenges as we have become
more familiar with the rules and requirements of this new system.

Pushpa was also tasked by the DG with the implementation of a $210,000 USD Global Grant to establish a Friends Cafe in Ethiopia . This project is a first of its kind in Africa with the aim of training orphans and disadvantaged youth in hospitality and to place them in employment in the rapidly expanding tourist industry.

The project is modelled upon the Friends International Restaurant model which is run very successfully in Cambodia and Asia currently. Friends International will provide the training module design and overview of the program . Hope for Children which runs two schools for disadvantaged youth in Ethiopia will run the new Cafe in that country. To make this Global Grant a reality PDG Pushpa pulled out all stops to gain the cooperation of 28 clubs and districts worldwide to raise the funds required . The project is currently expected to receive final approval from RI prior to changeover.

This year the District has received more matched funds in dollar amounts that funds contributed due entirely to the efforts of PDG Pushpa and the clubs of this district.

PDG Pushpa is a tireless worker for Rotary and a deserving recipient of this award.