Rotary Club to Initiate "Service Above Self" Campaign
The Rotary Club of Accra at the weekend initiated a "Service Above Self," campaign to inject a sense of nationalism and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations throughout the country. The campaign would also provide a platform for rendering humanitarian service, help restore helpfulness and peace among the broad spectrum of the Ghanaian society for accelerated development, Ms Galina Okartei-Akko, President of the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central, told the Ghana News Agency, in an interview. Ms Okartei-Akko noted that the "Service Above Self," campaign would be anchored on the tenets of the Rotary Four-Way Test: "Is it the Truth, Is it Fair, Will it bring Goodwill and Better Friendships and Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?" The club president said: "Knowing and using this test we could all become kinder peopleâ€¦When you ask yourself this question, you are asking yourself if what you are about to say is honest. "In many instances, people stray from the truth in order to keep themselves from getting into immediate trouble. When something is fair, it is free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice." She said these principles would help develop a life of high values and moral character, not only professionally but also personally with friends and family. When launching Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central's 25th Anniversary, Ms Okartei-Akko said the year-long activities include the re-branding of a bus terminal along the Ring Road, the completion of the Asempanaye School Project, a presentation of the four-way test plaque and an anniversary gala. She said: "It is an honour to serve humanity for the past 25 years, building communities and living up to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self." Achievements over the last 25 years include the provision of clean water to the Osu Vocational School, the Saboba Agricultural Station in the Northern Region, renovation of the Kaneshie Cripples' Home and Rehabilitation Centre and the provision of sewing machines and tools to the students. The infrastructural development of the Accra High School, and the Teshie Presbyterian JHS and cash awards to Girls Science Students of the Teshie Secondary School are other achievements. Ms Okartei-Akko said the club's next phase of support included the improvement in access to education in Asempanaye, a village in the Akuapem North district through the construction of classroom blocks and a head teacher's office, equipped with furniture, water and sanitation facilities. On the relevance of the Rotary Club, Naa Tiakor Quarshie, told the GNA that as a member of a Rotary club, "you have the opportunity to give something back, to give hope to those less fortunate and to make lives worthwhile and fulfilled. ch member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and combining skills and resources, to make a real contribution to the lives of others".
Source: Source: GNA