This is the last edition in a series of seven inspiring broadcasts taped at Rotary International’s 2013 Lisbon Convention, where in June thousands of Rotarians from around the world convened to discuss their humanitarian work. In each of the seven broadcasts, Jonah Triebwasser, co-host of RadioRotary, interviewed humanitarian leaders whose organizations save lives through various forms of medical and nutritional support. In this last broadcast from Lisbon, interviews include representatives from Walking for Water, Anti-Prostitution, Rotary Rhinos, and the Jaipur Limb Project (inexpensive artificial legs, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India, especially providing help for those suffering amputations resulting from our turbulent world). The bonus in this last broadcast is the interview with Rotary International’s 2013-14 President, Ron Burton, whose motto for this Rotary year is: Engage Rotary. Change Lives.
While hunting, Ronald Jeffrey Callahan fell from a tree-stand and became a quadriplegic with paralysis from the neck down. Widely known in the Hudson Valley as an avid outdoorsman before and after his injury, today Mr. Callahan is an advocate for personal safety in the outdoors, teaching the next generation of hunters about the fundamentals that will keep them safe. In addition, he is a motivational speaker at events, inspiring those who suffer traumatic injuries. For those with such injuries, he stresses the need for various kinds of support from family and friends and the need for quality care that depends heavily on government services, which are dwindling in this economic environment. He has brought Outdoorsmen Helping Others (OHO) to the Hudson Valley; OHO is a nonprofit organization based on the principle that anyone, regardless of physical capability, should have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor. Its fundraisers support adaptive equipment (i.e., fishing rods) and research for cures for SCI (spinal cord injury). Mr. Callahan’s invention of a wheelchair platform, a lightweight pivot system for all power wheelchairs that can support up to 950 pounds, is currently moving through the patenting process. Mr. Callahan ends his interview with the message that “life does not stop with your injury.”
Outdoorsmen Helping Others (OHO)
Pivot Wheelchair Platform
W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience/The Spinal Cord Injury Project
Craig Hospital, Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries
Burke Rehabilitation and Research, White Plains NY
Direct Contact with Mr. Callahan: Phone 845 337-4914 or Email
Additional brief updates about the work of many humanitarian organizations with Rotary connections around the world, including Crutches 4 Africa, Hydrotherapy, Project Peanut Butter addressing malnutrition, and more. This program also includes an interview with several Rotary district governors.
Millbrook Rotarian Ellie Savoy, who has studied nutrition for decades, discusses the importance of eating healthy today as a way to avoid ill health tomorrow. Using many powerful comparisons, such as making eating healthy “an investment” in the future, Ms. Savoy explains the chemicalized production of much food today and describes ways to eat and enjoy healthy foods in today’s food environment. She offers many tips to do this and provides several websites identifying local farms and health-oriented restaurants in the Hudson Valley. It’s easier (and less expensive) than you think to make your health a priority.