Beirut Stay Strong!

Our club Rotaract Scheveningen stands together in support of our fellow Lebanese Rotaracters and their families following the massive explosion that took place at Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020.

The explosion led to the devastating destruction in multiple neighbourhoods, where hundreds lost their lives and thousands were left injured and without homes or necessities. In addition, over the past few months Lebanon has also been suffering through severe economic turmoil as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you want to join us in supporting our friends in Lebanon?

The city has been largely destroyed. 300,000 people have lost their homes, more than 135 have been killed and much of the food has been destroyed. Money is urgently needed to provide health aid, food and shelter to those affected.

I) Donation to Rotaract Lebanon with GoFundMe Disaster Relief Fund for Lebanon:

II) Donation to the Red Cross

III) Donation to giro 555

Do you want to participate in an action or do you want to organize a project for Lebanon? In the context of join, think along, participate:

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Photo Credit: Rotaract Disaster Relief Fund for Lebanon 

Stay strong, Lebanon! We are with you!

Environmental webinar

Last week, our club Rotaract Scheveningen organised its second webinar, this time on environmental issues! During the webinar, we discussed the current state of the environment and how we, as a community, can contribute to a more sustainable future.

We would like to thank our guest speakers for their wonderful presentations! Giovanni Cappa from Sea Shepherd shared his experience as a medical officer. We also had the opportunity to learn more about the meaning behind Rotaract for the Oceans initiative! Giovanni is part of Rotaract Club Pavia, District 2050.
Our second speaker, Lloyd Edwards from WWF, has built up and leads a team of more than 100 volunteers. Lloyd shared his knowledge and experience on maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. We learned how to calculate and reduce our environmental footprint among other things!
Finally, Gert-Jan van Dommelen spoke about the idea behind the End Plastic Soup initiative. He explained the importance of Rotary and Rotaract in action to end plastic soup worldwide.
Last but not least, thank you to our amazing moderator Johanna Helsing! Her contribution to having a fruitful discussion was invaluable.
Thank you to everyone who joined us and we look forward to many more interesting webinars to come!

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Rotaract presents: Environmental Webinar!

Join Rotaract Scheveningen for another webinar! Where? Zoom! When? Tuesday, 9 June 2020 from 20:30 pm!

This time we will be talking about Environmental issues during Covid 19. Hope to see you there!

Below you can find more information about our guest speakers!

Our moderator will be Johanna Helsing. An amazing person for ordering a good discussion!

Meet our first speaker:

Lloyd Edwards from WWF

Lloyd trained as an economist & an accountant.

Working in the corporate environment for decades, Lloyd gained a great deal of commercial experience. Realizing that something should be done to ensure that our planet remains habitable for future generations, he decided to devote as much time as possible to achieving this.

Starting from a small base, he has built-up & leads a team of more than 100 volunteers of all different backgrounds & nationalities. This team goal is to help mobilse society to a sustainable future, by building relations with, & delivering events to, businesses, academic institutions, & community based organisations.

Meet our second speaker:

Ben Ayliff from Greenpeace

I’ve been a Greenpeace campaigner since 2001 and have worked on many of our international campaigns, from GM Foods to nuclear energy, and have most recently been leading our fight to keep Shell and other oil companies out of fragile environments like the Arctic and Amazon Reef. I’m currently a Senior Strategist on GPI’s Climate Urgency Team.

Meet our third speaker:

Giovanni Cappa from Sea Shepherd

Medical Officer for Sea Shepherd in the free time, currently specializing in emergency medicine.

Rotaract Club Pavia, District 2050

It will be a discussion to remember!

Peace Webinar

Rotaract Scheveningen, 5 May 2020

On Tuesday 5 May 2020, day marking 75 years of peace since the end of the Second World War in The Netherlands, the Rotaract Scheveningen organised its first webinar on Peace. Forty Rotaract members and guests gathered virtually to discuss the importance of peace in the context of the 1990s Balkan wars and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

The discussion started with Ms Leila Prnjavorac’s personal account of the Bosnian war (1992-1995) which she experienced as a young girl who grew up in former Yugoslavia. Ms Prnjavorac shared with us her memory of the war and of her escape with her family to The Netherlands, country chosen for its tolerance, which led her to become a Freedom ambassador advocating for peace. 

After hearing this moving and inspiring testimony, the audience listened to Mr Nenad Golcevsk, who worked for several years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and now at its residual mechanism, the MICT, in the Public Information Office. Mr Golcevsk described how the ICTY’s work contributed to fighting impunity, deterring the perpetuation of war crimes, and granting a space for witnesses to tell their stories and ‘complete their mission’ by contributing to justice. Mr Golcevsk further explained the need for justice to reach peace and later normalisation among communities. 

Finally, another crucial aspect of peace building was described by Ms Ingrid Rollema from the Hope Foundation who dedicated her life to arts and the impact they can have on reducing violence and inter-ethnical conflicts. Ms Rollema initiated children living in the Gaza Strip to arts as a way to develop and express themselves. By painting themselves and scenes of their life or by performing dances in ruined cities, they hope to make their voice heard by the rest of the world. 

The Rotaract Scheveningen would like to thank all the participants who joined this Peace Webinar and contributed with their questions to such a fruitful discussion. We would also like to thank Ms Nora Stehouwer-Van Iersel for moderating the event with energy and passion, and our three speakers who inspired us with their experiences and ideas. If you would like to follow their work, click on the following links: 

Peace Webinar 5th of May!

Joins us for our special webinar on the importance of peace in today’s globalized world! On the 5th of May, we will have a conversation with some incredible guest speakers who have personally experienced the significance of the word ‘peace’ and who are working in the field of peace and justice.

What do we mean when we talk about peace? How can we achieve peace? Surprisingly or not, art is usually one of the answers.

Find more information about our guest speakers below.

We will kick off the event with an introduction to the topic of peace by our moderator Nora Stehouwer-van Iersel. Nora will talk about the importance of celebrating 75 years of freedom and peace which will be discussed in the context of the Balkan Wars and the conflict over the Palestinian territories. Both events serve as evidence for the human suffering of war and the need for peace.

Leila Prnjavorac is a freedom ambassador. She will tell us her personal story about the war in the Balkans, her flight to the Netherlands, and why the international tribunals are so important today.

Nenad Golcevski will tell us about her work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the functioning of the Mechanism. Nenad will tell us more about the creation of the court, what did it do – in short- and why is the voice of victims so important. Did the court manage to bring peace in the area? Join us to find out.

Ingrid Rollema works for the Hope Foundation and will tell us more about her project in the Palestinian areas.

Want to make use of your free time spent at home and learn more about important issues from different areas around the world? Let’s stay together in these times and learn more about peace!

See you there!

Join our #EndPlasticChallenge now!

Hey everyone! We hope you are staying safe and healthy!

Just because you have to stay at home doesn’t mean you can’t make a positive difference! Need some inspiration? Join our #EndPlasticChallenge now! Our club is organizing #DoItAtHome initiative where you can share your contribution to reducing plastic waste! Let’s turn these challenging times into an opportunity to become more aware of our daily plastic consumption. You can start today. Grab a big grocery bag and start filling it with plastic waste. Then share the results with hashtag #EndPlasticChallenge. Spread the word and challenge your friends to do the same! Some of our members already completed the challenge… now it’s your turn! 

#EndPlasticChallenge #DoItAtHome #RotaractScheveningen #EndPlasticPollution #Stronger #Together #stayhome

First Meet & Greet of the year!

Yesterday we were joined by two incredible guest speakers, Chale Guadamuz and Sophie Kwizera from The Hague Peace Project! As part of our 5th Meet and Greet event, Chale and Sophie talked about the importance of global action in peacebuilding and human rights defence. We had the opportunity to discuss the role of The Hague as a city of peace and justice, and its relation to Rotaract Club Scheveningen as a community of young people sharing a common vision for a peaceful world! We would like to thank everyone who joined us for an inspiring conversation!

Rotaract Club Scheveningen turns 40!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rotaract Club Scheveningen!! Today is a very special day as our Club celebrates its 40th anniversary! Since 21st of February 1980, we have been united in our effort and dedication to making the world around us a better place! 40 years of unforgettable experiences for the common goal of contributing to society. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us in our journey throughout the years. Regular beach clean-ups, charity runs in the rain, painting with kids in a local community centre are just a few of the reasons to celebrate and look forward to many more anniversaries to come! #Rotaractat40 #HappyBirthday #RotaLove #Anniversary #40yearsofHappiness #40reasonstoGive

Meet & Greet evenings are back!

On the 8th of October, our club organised the first Meet & Greet event of the new season. We gathered once more to meet with friends and have a nice evening while listening 2 inspirational talks.

Our first guest speaker Susan Kraaijeveld, a member of Rotary Dordrecht and the ambassador of WarChild, gave a presentation about the project she is organising with WarChild in various countries. We heard about how education is crucial in developing countries and learn about the youth education programme with examples from Beirut.

Following Susan, we welcomed Marcel Kampmann, who is an architect working mainly on housing projects. He gave us an insight about the challenges and potentials of social housing and how it influences our everyday life.

After the presentations of both speakers, we enjoyed the rest of our evening while having some drinks and getting to know each other better.

We are already looking forward the next Meet & Greet! Stay tuned for our new speakers and new topics 🙂

Beach Clean-up! Part of World Clean-Up Effort.

On 21st of September together with Rotary Scheveningen and WWF we will be part of World effort to clean up.

Join us from 15.00 in Scheveningen on September 21st. So far, with our previous 3 clean-ups we gathered around 250KG from the beach. We hope this will be less naturally this time.

Together with WWF and Rotary Scheveningen. There will be also workshop about carbon footprint.

This time we will join global effort to clean-up trash everywhere. Join us in effort to clean-up the beach once more. #rotaract #endplasticnow #trashtag