Over the past month Ballymoney Rotary Club has enjoyed a variety of top speakers covering subjects as diverse as Life of Barry John (Rugby Legend), Children In Crossfire, Biblicia Europe, Raleigh International Trust, Medical Action Research for Children and P.S.N.I. Statistical Analyst talk.
The club prides itself on the quality of guest speakers and none were more inspirational than Richard Moore from Children in Crossfire.
In 1972, aged 10, Richard Moore, the founder of Children in Crossfire, was blinded by a rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face. Amazingly, from childhood to the present day, he has never allowed bitterness to stunt his development.
“I have learned to see life in a different way”, is how he describes his remarkable acceptance of what, for most, would be a debilitating trauma.
A decade ago he felt the need to harness all that he had learned and put it at the service of humanity, particularly children around the world who have been caught in the crossfire of poverty.
The story of Children in Crossfire has its roots in what began as a tragedy and ended as a triumph of the human spirit to overcome adversity...
In the last month members also had the opportunity to hear Mr Chris Henderson from Action Medical Research for Children tell them about this charity.
The charity was founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie in his quest to find a cure for polio, a condition that affected the lives of many thousands of children including his own daughter, Janet.
Early research funded by the charity helped to develop the first oral polio vaccine which eradicated new cases of the disease in the UK.
Last week the club welcomed Patricia Roulston P.S.N.I. Patricia works at gathering statistical information on crime and advises on various plans of attack to combat it .
She informed the members on the changing trends away from traditional burglaries and theft to modern day internet scams and trafficking.