Peruvian Bicyclists and Kenyan Slaughterhouses

The Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan was honored to present at Peru's "Rotary Pedal 2020" - an international congress celebrating all of the good work Rotary clubs do to protect the environment.

by Heather Edwards

Question: What do Peruvian bicyclists and Kenyan slaughterhouses have in common? Answer: Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan was honored to present at Peru’s “Rotary Pedal 2020” – an international congress celebrating all of the good work Rotary clubs do to protect the environment. It was virtual this year but attended by more than 150 Rotarians and environmental experts from many different countries.

5110’s relationship with Peru’s Lima-based District 4455 goes back to 2011 when GSE Team Leaders Ginny Reich and Carlos Manuel Arévalo Velásquez brought their teams to each other’s countries.

Almost a decade later Metro had the chance to share the story of how their 2015 Global Grant to support a slaughterhouse in Elburgon, Kenya is protecting the Molo River – the main source of water for a community of 80,000 people. The theme of District 4455’s annual conference emphasized climate change, sustainable transportation and how governments, businesses, Rotary clubs and individuals can protect the environment in their own communities and the communities they partner with worldwide.

We are so grateful for our international friendships and the endless opportunities to learn from each other while we embark on Rotary’s newest area of focus.

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